January 13th is National Rubber Ducky day! You may be thinking to yourself “Wow! There really is a national day for everything!” Yes, there is, why not celebrate national rubber ducky day with this free rubber duck themed printable from Curiosity Box! You will find the printable link below.
Also, enjoy these fun facts from CBC Kids about rubber ducks!!
Did you know…
- Rubber duckies didn’t always float. Rubber duckies first appeared in the late 1800s. But these first versions didn’t float. They were solid and meant to be chew toys.
- Rubber duckies weren’t always around. The yellow rubber duckies that we know and love came on the scene in the 1940s. And they were created by a sculptor
- So what are rubber duckies made of? Despite their name, rubber ducks are usually made of plastic, not rubber.
- Rubber ducks are iconic. The rubber duckie was inducted (or should we say “in-duck-ted”!) into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2013
- There’s even a song written about a rubber duckie. Ernie from Sesame Street performed a song called Rubber Duckie about his beloved bath-time friend. The tune became a big hit and even topped music charts in 1970.
- There’s a rubber duck the size of a building. The world’s largest rubber duck was created by an American man in 2014. Standing 19 metres tall — or about the height of a six-storey building — the duck sails the world and stops at festivals where people can get an up-close look
- Rubber duckies help scientists. In 1992, three containers full of 29,000 rubber duckies fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean. The yellow birds drifted around the world. Eventually they washed up on the shores of England, Australia, South America, and the west coast of Canada. They have helped scientists learn more about waves and ocean currents.
- There are rubber duckie races! People around the world hold rubber duckie races. Thousands of ducks are numbered. Then they’re dumped into a waterway, and the race begins. The first rubber duckie to cross the finish line is declared the winner.
- How big is the biggest collection of rubber ducks? An American woman named Charlotte Lee holds the record for the largest rubber duck collection. She has collected 5,631 rubber duckies… so far!