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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Leap Day

    Leap Day

    Monday, February 29 is Leap Day. Because this day comes only once every four years, this may be the very first Leap Day you can remember! Here are some interesting facts about Leap Day.

    What is Leap Day?

    Most years, the calendar shows 365 days. Every 4 years, however, an extra day is added. That day, February 29, is called Leap Day, and the year in which it happens is called Leap Year. In other words, 3 out of 4 years do not contain a February 29. The reason for this is that it actually takes 365.24 days for the Earth to travel completely around the sun, or 365 and one-quarter of a day. Every 4 years those quarter days are added together into one day, February 29. Leap Day.

    Leap-Year babies are people born on February 29. They're known as Leaplings! Most Leaplings choose February 28, not March 1, to celebrate as their birthday during the off years, since February, not March, is the month of their birth. The chances of being a Leapling are about i in 1,460.

    In Ireland, February 29 is also known as Bachelor's Day. In 1288, people in Scotland designated this day as one when women could propose marriage to men and men had to say yes or else give a gift to their proposer. The day is just a fun holiday now, not an actual legal proposal day.

    The 8th Premiere of Tasmania was born on a Leap Day and died on a Leap Day. This happened in the 1800s.

    How can you celebrate Leap Day?

    Ask around to find out whether anyone in your family is a Leapling. If you find someone who is, give them a call and sing Happy Birthday. It's a very big deal! Check out some of our fun frog art too. Leap like a frog on Leap Day!

    And if you are a Leapling, extra-happy birthday to you.

     

  • Washington's Birthday!

    Do you know what February 22 is? It's Washington's birthday. Here are some fun facts about George Washington:

    He was born in 1732.

    He was our country's first President, serving two terms from 1789-1797.

    Washington was 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He was one of our tallest presidents ever.

    He had a dog named True Love and one named Sweet Lips.

    It's not known whether he actually ever chopped down a cherry tree as a child. The story is that he cut one down and when his father asked who had done it, young George answered, "I cannot tell a lie. I cut down the cherry tree." Whether or not this story is true, it is an interesting legend. It tells us something about our nation's first president: he was known to be a very honest person.

    We here at Oopsy Daisy are interested in US history. We have a whole collection of American-history art for kids rooms, from map art to presidential art. And all of our art is made n the USA, just like George Washington!

     

  • 10 Ways to Say I Love You

    Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have a very sweet day and get to spend time with the people you love. In honor of the heart-full holiday, here's a list of 10 ways to say I love you. You'll notice that none of them actually involves the words "I love you". These are creative and unexpected ways to let people know that they're special to you.

    -Write a note and hide it under their pillow

    -Say it in sign language

    -Make them a sandwich and cut it into a heart shape

    -Find a pretty flower or leaf outside and bring it to them

    -Give a hug

    -Sing them a song

    -Draw them a picture

    -Read them a book

    -Invite them to go for a walk with you

    -Call them on the phone

    And since we're an art company, we'll give you a bonus way to say I love you: take a look at our heart-themed and love-themed art for kids' rooms. We think these are the perfect way to say I love you all year 'round.

  • Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

    Valentine's Day is Sunday, February 14. That means there's just enough time to create some lovable Valentine's Day crafts for kids. Hop on over to our Pinterest page for a whole host of ideas, or enjoy these three Valentine's Day crafts for kids that we're especially loving right now.

    I Love You From My Fingers to My Toes sign

    This is messy fun that creates a treasure. Divide a paper into four equal parts. Using red washable paint, write a letter "L" in the upper left and a letter "E" in the lower right. Then make a handprint in the upper right for the "O" and two footprints in the lower left for the "V." It's a sweet sentiment and a lovely way to preserve little ones' hand and foot prints while they're still, indeed, little.

    Celery-Stamp Flowers

    What a great idea for a natural, organic print. All you need is paper, red paint, green paint, and a full head of celery. First, use a big knife to cut all the stalks off and set one aside (slather the rest with cream cheese or peanut butter for a yummy snack to fuel your crafting!). Dip the remaining head into red paint and press onto the paper. Then use the stalk you set aside as a "paintbrush" to create the flower stalks. Pretty!

    Crazy Cup

    These goofy creatures are perennially popular with kids. All you need is colored paper, tape or glue, a plastic cup, and a marker. Turn the cup upside-down and think of it as a cute little character. Cut strips of paper and then accordian-fold them. Attach for arms and legs. From there, let your imagination go wild. Add eyes (googly eyes if you have them, or just draw them on with the marker) a huge smile, and maybe hands and feet. What a fun greeting on the breakfast table or the teacher's desk!

    You'll find lots more crafts on Pinterest. Get started this weekend and you'll have Valentine's gifts for everyone you love. And don't forget to check out our collection of heart art and love art for kids' rooms. It's like a Valentine on your wall year-round!

    Oh, and by the way, did you hear about Punxutawney Phil?  (check out last week's blog post about Groundhogs Day) He did not see his shadow. And that means, in the official words of Phil's handler:

    "There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!"

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