Monday, January 13, 2020

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day!

Yes, believe it or not, today is, "National Rubber Ducky Day! In 1970, Jim Henson  performed the song 'Rubber Duckie' as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin.

Did you know in January of 1992, a shipment of 29,000 rubber duckies fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean? By 2007, the 'Friendly Floatees' had traveled 17,000 miles around the world on the ocean currents. Some are still afloat today! Over the years, people reported sightings in Indonesia, Australia, South America, the Bering Straight, the Arctic, and (eventually) the Atlantic Ocean." (I found this info on-line at punchbowl dot com.)

I thought it might be fun on this "ducky day" to make some ducks of our own, so I browsed on Pinterest and found the following, "Ducky" crafts . . . 
Just Ducky
  • It isn't a rubber ducky, but it is a cute ducky! Check this link for making a tennis ball ducky!
  • Again, while they are not "rubber", they are duckies! And, it is a FREE download, so you may make your own paper rubber duckies! Follow this link for the FREE download!
  • One more which isn't rubber, but is a lot of fun none-the-less, Rubber Ducky Masks! I think you could use plain white plates, and just have your grandchildren color them the appropriate colors if you do not have yellow and orange plates! Follow this link for the specifics and make masks . . . then wear them and have great fun being "rubber duckies"!
Happy Rubber Ducky Day!"

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