Do you remember when you first learned about Leap Years? It was kind of mind-blowing for me as a kid: the idea that we have an extra day every four years, the possibility of someone being born on Leap Day and only getting a real birthday every four years, and (when I really got it) the thought that the way we measure time is so imprecise we have enough leftover hours to make a new day.
This year, that extra day falls on a weekend, which means it’s up to us parents to decide whether to explain astronomy and contemplate how time is relative, or to make this a day of silly frog-themed kids crafts and activities — because it’s Leap Day, get it? You might actually decide to do both, because children are pretty good at leaping back and forth between the trivial and meaningful, taking in the whole of human existence while playing games. That’s their job.
We’re taking this opportunity to help you with your job of entertaining and teaching them on this Leap Day. So, while your brain might be whirring along in bafflement as you realize that whoa, another four years just passed when you blinked, you can also be helping your little ones bake cupcakes or constructing a ball pit for them. You might even try writing out little time capsule notes together, so that they too will one day wonder at how much and how little changes in four trips around the sun. Enjoy!
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