Thursday, February 28, 2008

Leap Day

Want to have some froggy fun for leap day?

1. First check here to see what the fuss is all about and if any zoos or aquariums near you are participating in a Leap Day celebration to promote amphibian conservation. More info here. Don't give up too easily. Our zoo wasn't listed, but is having a special day - and we'll be there!

2.Watch videos, send e-cards, take quizzes, and otherwise have a blast learning about frogs at National Geographic Kids. Creature Features: Red-Eyed Tree Frog and Poison Dart Frogs, the story of the giant fossil frog Beelzebufo, Fantastic Frogs quiz game, and articles Freaky Frogs, The Weird World of Frogs, and from National Geographic, Pesticides, Parasite May Cause Frog Deformities.

3. Do some fun, informative worksheets from TimeforKids: Which is Which?(frogs and toads),Meet a Frog, and Disappearing Frogs. Kidzone has a printable beginner book and lots of other neat worksheets, and kiddyhouse has an informative page as well.

4. Make some frog treats. Family Fun has a bunch to choose from : chocolate toads, froggy cupcakes, or sherbert the frog. Somewhere I have a gummy frog on a lilypad cupcake recipe, but I can't find it. It's really cute.

5. Learn to draw a frog.

6. Learn about frogs at Frogwatch USA (just take any global warming info with a shaker full of salt :^). Or find a great selection of other units at teachersguide.
9. Choose a craft: a fly-catching frog, a paper frog puppet, or a jolly jumper from Family Fun; a frog toilet paper roll craft or one of the others at DTLK, or these cute rock frogs from Martha Stewart.
10. And find more game and party ideas here, here, and here.


Jacki said...

I really like it when you post things like this! I have printed out some of the activities and crafts for Emma to do.

Thanks for sharing this!

TheNormalMiddle said...

When I used to teach I had a student who was born on leapday.

He's turning 12 this year, but he's having a huge bunch of friends over for a "Number 3" party since it is really his THIRD birthday!

His parents have always been really cool about the whole thing,giving him a party or whatnot on the 28th or 1st. But---I think they're doing a big blowout this year for him.

Alicia said...

You're welcome, Jacki. I love doing these (but it takes forever!)

I've missed you, normalmiddle. Good to hear from you. I gathered from my surfing around that many people host big Leap Day party bashes for those that claim a Feb.29 birthday. I heard a fun call-in show many years ago on the radio with people calling in teeling what they'd done. Such as, "I got my driver's license just after my fourth birthday." "I'm celebrating my 7th birthday today. I have three children." It was just crazy.

Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

These look like fun things to do and I know the kids would enjoy them.

Kim said...

These things look like so much fun!!! I love all your helpful creative ideas!

Brooklyn Frank said...


Teachin' this mommy new tricks! said...

those are cute! Thanks !!!!!

Jacki said...

Thanks for the kind comments. :-) Oh yes, Emma is so looking forward to the arrival of her cousin. It is so sweet to watch her pick out toys she is going to give him, and listen to what she says.

Wendy said...

You always have the best ideas! Thanks!