Rubber Ducky’s have a long and respected history in the world of children, and most of us remember having at least one as part of our collection of bath-time toys. Rubber Duckies have a clouded history, no one really knows precisely where they came from, but whether it was our own bath time or the song from Ernie from The Muppets, we all knew of them and wanted one! Rubber Duckie day is here to help us remember to appreciate this part of our childhood cleansing ritual.
History of Rubber Duckie Day
The History of the Rubber Duckie, at least its origins, are lost to the mists of time, but what is known is that they first appeared prior to World War I, and were actually shaped like a broad variety of animals. Rubber Duckies were just the most popular of the varieties. During the era of the World Wars, rubber was too valuable a commodity to be used on simple toys, so plastic and vinyl began to be used.
Landon Smart Lawrence was the first to patent a design for these illustrious toys, specifically the variety that was weighted so that, while still buoyant, it would always stand up the right way in the water. While it was a patent for a broad variety of toys, it was the duck that was included in the design.
Rubber Duckies also have the distinction of being one of only 53 toys that are included in the Toy Hall of Fame, first established in 2013.
How to Celebrate Rubber Duckie Day
So how does one celebrate Rubber Duckie Day? Well first off, you filthy animal, take a bath with your favorite duckie toy! There are hundreds of varieties out there, ranging from pirate duckies to devil duckies, and everything in between. You can use #NationalRubberDuckyDay to denote it in your social media posts, and maybe take in some of your favorite episodes of Sesame Street to remember that age old song about Rubber Duckies.
If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can even get together with some of the true fans of the rubber ducky at conventions all over the US, or even establish one yourself if there isn’t one close to you. You may feel silly at first, but you’d be amazed how many people are eager to share their collection, and their stories of some of the most precious moments of childhood, and the duckie that made it all special.