National Rubber Ducky Day
It’s time to celebrate the beloved bath time toy: the rubber ducky! Mark your calendars for January 13th, as it is National Rubber Ducky Day in the United States.
The first National Rubber Ducky Day was observed in January of 1957 and has been celebrated each year since. Throughout the years, the little yellow duck has become an American symbol that has made an appearance in everything from television shows to movies, and if you’re a fan of the classic song “Rubber Ducky,” then it’s clear that this beloved toy is ingrained in our culture.
But where did the rubber ducky originate? The first rubber duck was created in the late 19th century. Specifically, it was in the year 1940 when the first rubber duck was mass-produced in the United States. It was produced by the novelty toy company Nordling Brothers & Company. The rubber duck was the first mass-produced bath toy in the US because until then, toys weren’t marketed as “for children”, as the concept of toys being designed for play hadn’t been developed yet. Before being mass-produced, rubber ducks, similar to the ones we have today, were handmade and usually given as gifts to children.
The rubber ducky has been a staple in American culture for over 75 years. In fact, according to the Rubber Ducky Collectors of America, there are over 600 million rubber ducks in use worldwide and two million collector’s items listed in the group’s online database. But why is the rubber ducky so popular? Many believe it’s because of its cute design and innocent nature. After all, they are the perfect plaything for children to enjoy and a great addition to any bathtub.
The rubber ducky has been a popular toy for decades and is still used by many parents today. In fact, many parents will buy rubber ducks to give as gifts to their children or grandchildren. So, on January 13th each year, why not celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day with your child or grandchild? You can give them a special rubber ducky and celebrate the joy of playtime by giving them some time in the tub with their beloved rubber ducky.
In addition to just buying rubber ducks, there are also plenty of other fun activities you can do to celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day. You can make ducky-shaped crafts such as a paper mache ducky or a hand-painted ceramic ducky. You can also search online for ducky-themed recipes such as a ducky cake or cookies, or even make a rubber ducky-shaped snack such as a PB&J on ducky-shaped bread.
If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can also host a rubber ducky themed party for your children and their friends. You can decorate with their favorite rubber ducks, hand out rubber ducky-shaped favors, and either have a ducky race in the bathtub or have a ducky-themed pinata full of fun surprises.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or just a fan of rubber ducks, National Rubber Ducky Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this beloved toy. So, on January 13th, make sure to show your love and appreciation for the rubber ducky! Grab your family, find some rubber ducks, and have some good ole fashioned bathtub fun.