Celebrate Leap Day 2012
It only happens once every 4 years – so have some fun with your kids this Leap Day! Create a time capsule, do something crazy or cozy up with a good read. Put the extra day to good use by spending it with your kids.
Create a Leap Day Time Capsule
This can be done at home with the family, or as a class activity. Have your kids decorate a shoebox or oatmeal container and fill it with items you gather during the last week in February.
Some ideas might include:
- pictures of the family
- a grocery receipt
- a list of questions & answers for each child:
- who are your closest friends?
- what is your favorite activity this year?
- what is your favorite tv show/song?
- what books are you reading?
- what do you think you’ll be doing in 4 years?
Then pack the time capsule away somewhere and don’t open it until the next Leap Day. Kids will get a kick out of seeing the old pictures and learning how much things change in four years.
Do Something Off-the-Wall
Leap Day only happens once every 4 years – so do something to make it memorable! Ask your kids for fun ideas – walk backwards for the day, speak in a secret language, have dessert after breakfast or leap over/’skip’ all the regular things for the day and just spend some time together.
Fun Books about Leap Year
“Leap Day” by Wendy Mass (for MS/HS teens)
Josie celebrates her 16th birthday on Feb. 29th with a lot on her mind: tryouts for the school play, testing for her driver’s license and boys.
“Leopold’s Long Awaited Leap Year Birthday” by Dawn Desjardins (for ages 3 – 8)
Leopold waits for his first birthday but it seems to take a long time!
“It’s My Birthday – Finally!” by Michelle Whitaker-Winfrey (for ages 8 – 12)
Miles is ready to celebrate his birthday on February 29th – but he’s confused. Will he be turning 8 years old or 2 years old?
Play ‘Leap’ Games
Kids will enjoy playing games that include leaping and jumping:
- Leap Frog
- Jump rope
Learn About Leap Day
Find out which famous people in history were born on a Leap Day, along with superstitions and traditions that are celebrated.