Leap year

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By Brenda Williams

Celebrate the leap year on 29th February with these fantastic activities that support literacy, numeracy and physical development.

Julius Caesar’s astronomer introduced Leap Years over 2000 years ago. They are still needed to keep our present calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. If we didn’t add an extra day to our usual calendar of 365 days nearly every four years, our calendar would be 24 days out, after 100 years. Our next Leap Year will be Saturday 29th February 2020.


Leap year

  1. Leap Year
  2. A leap year baby!
  3. Always full of beans
  4. I am a little leaper!
  5. All about four
  6. Leap year birthday cards
  7. Special talents
  8. Leap year party

Leap year

  • Separate the pages from a large monthly calendar of 2016, and display them in left to right order, on a wall at child’s eye level.
  • Read the names of the months, and explain that that the numbers represent days of the month.
  • Involve children in finding and highlighting the month and date of their own birthdays. Discover if any children have a birthday in the same month, or even on the same day as each other.
  • Does anyone have a birthday on, or close to February 29th? Highlight this date in a different colour, and explain to children that February 29th is a special day, because it doesn’t happen every year like all the other dates. In fact, it will be four years before there is another February 29th.
  • Explain that, because of this, if a baby is born on February 29th this year, then the baby would not have a proper birthday for four years.
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