Leap into Personal Progress

It just so happens that our New Beginnings program is scheduled to be held on Leap Day this year: February 29th. I thought it would be fun to plan the evening around this theme of “taking a leap”, and thereby jumping into Personal Progress with renewed enthusiasm. I’d love to meet with our Beehives turning 12 this year and take some photos of them leaping, and introduce them by talking about things that make them “jump for joy”. There is also a leap of faith involved when young women first begin working on experiences and projects, that the time and effort they put into these things will reap a great harvest of spiritual growth and understanding.

These origami jumping frogs make great invites.

They can be made in all the value colors, and then used as decoration on the refreshment table as well. I have two versions you can download: one with the date and time, and one without. Print on cardstock to make the best leapers.

This video shows how to fold the frogs.

You could make these froggy cupcakes for refreshments. Click on the photo above for how to make.

One last thought about taking leaps of faith: When we stretch ourselves to try something new, when we jump out of comfort zones, we rise to greater heights and have moments of beauty and brilliance that otherwise may not have happened. We arise and shine forth!

Click the following for a skit idea.

(Note: the leaping photos are uncredited – I found them on Pinterest and don’t know their source.)

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20 Responses to Leap into Personal Progress

  1. Susan says:

    What a cute idea! That is my daughter’s 12th birthday. Can’t wait for her to come into young women’s

  2. Lorrie Judd says:

    Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    You “made my week” with this cute Leap themed New Beginnings idea! Great work!

    http://beinglds.blogspot.com/2012/01/you-made-my-week.html

  4. Michelle says:

    The 29th is my daughter’s 12th birthday as well! She is so excited to be in YW!

  5. I hope you don’t mind but I am quoting you in my YW lesson today.

    “When we stretch ourselves to try something new, when we jump out of comfort zones, we rise to greater heights and have moments of beauty and brilliance that otherwise may not have happened. We arise and shine forth!”

    The perfect words to tie the theme into my lesson…I’ve been searching for them :) Of course the credit is all yours :) I LOVE your website thanks for sharing!

  6. Shirlie says:

    Is there any way you could add an “e” to pleas so that we can make those copies? This is such a great idea!! So cute!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kristin says:

    Oops. Thanks for catching the typo. It has been updated.

  8. Shannon Gish says:

    Seriously. InkaBlinka is my favorite place for original ideas and great inspirations. And so much of what you share can be easily adapted for other themes. When I need a boost to get my creative juices flowing, I stop by here first. Thank you. Thank you.

  9. Cute ideas! We have just a regular class activity that night, but I think I’m going to do a Leap Day party–have fun with a frog theme and have a spiritual part about Leaps of Faith as well. :)

  10. robin says:

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas! How do you do that?
    Come up with these great ideas, I mean.

    • Kristin says:

      Robin – When I first started my visiting teaching blog, I was greatly motivated by President Uchtdorf’s talk on creativity and compassion (http://lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng) It still inspires me. I love these quotes: “Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty” and “The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.” When I prayerfully begin a project, I feel a deep sense of gratitude and enthusiasm for the gospel, and eventually ideas will begin to flow. I love feeling a part of the Lord’s work in my own small, crafty way!

  11. kati says:

    I love all of your visiting teaching ideas, I use them monthly! however, I ALSO love your YW ideas, I am in primary, so I don’t get to use your ideas for YW, but I LOVE the idea of leaping pictures and frog cupcakes for a leap day party with my kiddos! THANK YOU! oh, and I also LOVE the talk by pres Uchtdorf. so good!

  12. Niki says:

    This is a super idea. Thank you so much. I was just called into Young women and I think this is a great way to start with the girls.

  13. Amy says:

    Loved it! Frogs have such a meaning with our Young Women. They have been taught to FullyRelyOnGod. This will be a nice tie in to their existing F.R.O.G. love! Thanks!

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  15. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the great idea. I was a little slow getting to the Dollar store for the frogs. Now I have called every store in the valley, and they are all out. Any ideas for a fun substitute.

  16. Susan says:

    I am wondering how your New Beginnings went? Pictures?? : )
    I loved the leap frog invitations so much I am using that idea for my daughters birthday since it is on Leap Day. I doubled the size of the leap frogs to be bigger for a birthday invite. The video clip you had was very helpful.

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