Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day! 

Every four years, we add an extra day to the end of February, called Leap Day! This occurs because the Earth takes 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds to revolve around the sun. Our calendar only accounts for the 365 days. So each year there is an extra 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 16 second leftover. Every 4 years, we add an extra day to make up for it.

Here are some ways to celebrate Leap Day with your students:

  • Make a Leap Collage. Flip through magazines and look for any animal that leaps! Cut them out and glue them to construction paper.
  • Play Ribbit, Ribbit, Leap instead of duck, duck, goose.
  • Make a frog origami. Instructions are here: frog_origami_
  • Write a poem about animals that leap or jump here at the Arboretum! Maybe a story about a frog on a log, or a grasshopper in the meadow. What other animals can you think of?
  • Leap Year Math. Leap years occurs every four years. What are the next 5 leap years?



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