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February 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Traditions that Appear Every Four Years

A day that only happens every 4 years is a special one. So, we celebrate our extra day with a few traditions.

On Leap Day we eat our meal in reverse – Dessert First, Salad and Appetizers last.

We do everything backwards that day – reverse the chairs, eating, using only the back door, wearing our pajamas backwards and sleep with our head at the food of the bed. The kids wear their backpacks on their front instead of their back.

After school we are going to do a fun scavenger hunt for little frogs I came across. I am going to hide the frogs around the house with some clues and facts about leap day and leap years.

Here are some of the facts and questions I will use:

  • The egyptians figured out that it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the sun. As the extra hours accumulated an extra day was occasionally added to the calendar.
  • Figure out how many leap years everyone in the family is.
  • In Ireland, every February 29th, women were allowed to ask for a man in marriage. A man was fined if he refused the proposal. (Leap Year has been the traditional time that women can propose marriage. In many of today’s cultures, it is okay for a woman to propose marriage to a man. Society doesn’t look down on such women. However, that hasn’t always been the case. When the rules of courtship were stricter, women were only allowed to pop the question on one day every four years. That day was February 29th.)
  • How many animals can you name that “leap”?
  • For most Leap Years, a popular children’s rhyme holds true:

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year,
that’s the time When February’s days are twenty-nine.

The last frog will be found with a new Jump rope for each of the kids. I came across this fun jump rope rhyme to teach the kids

THE JUMP ROPE RHYME

Leap Year, Leap Year
When will you be?
Every four years
Then you’ll see.
You want more?
We do too!
How many more
can you Leap to?

How will you celebrate Leap Day?

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  1. It’s my husband’s birthday, he gets a ‘real’ cake every 4 years, not just a box mix. Most other years, we celebrate the 28th AND the 1st, just to make up for the fact that he doesn’t get a real birthday, but this year he gets a one-shot real deal. In 2008 we got pregnant with our 1st child, and this year we have a new baby. I guess we’ll see what 2016 brings…

    Jill

    27 Feb 12 at 5:40 am

  2. Jill – Great traditions to set up for a Leap Day Birthday – Enjoy your “real” cake. : ) ~ Kim

    Kim Ross

    27 Feb 12 at 10:47 am

  3. Thanks Kim! This is a great post. I cant wait to share these rhymes with my kids. I just started integrating fitness with my children’s lifestyle. We love to try new things, encouraging fitness, reading the lighter stories in the newspaper, and starting piano lessons. They are our future, so it’s nice to see a blog that encourages parents to allowing their children to experience beneficial activities. Keep posting!

    Jumping rope

    31 Jul 12 at 12:39 pm

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