January 13th National Rubber Duck Day

JANUARY 13th National Rubber Duck Day

Rubber ducks have been with us nearly as long as the invention of rubber. They are known to have been around in the late 1800’s but the first patent was issued to Landon Smart Lawrence in 1928. The production of rubber ducks has been stopped whenever a war comes along since the military need rubber more than our bathtubs do.

How to celebrate – Break out your rubber duck. Design your own rubber duck. Take a bath.

September 9th Teddy Bear Day

In 1902 President Teddy Roosevelt was hunting in the woods and came upon a youthful bear. He refused to shoot it because it was just a baby and the news spread through the newspapers of his kind act. Toy store owners Morris and Rose Michton wrote the President and asked if they could honor him by making a stuff bear to sell to children. Roosevelt saw no reason not to and a sort of legend was created, the Teddy Bear. The Michton’s toy company eventually turned into the Ideal Toy Company probably due to the creation of the teddy bear.

How to celebrate – See if you still have your original teddy bear. Read about Teddy Roosevelt. Go hunting but with a camera instead on a gun.

June 6th National Yo-Yo Day

The Yo-Yo has been a popular toys since BC Greece. Some think it was originally designed as a weapon but that is somewhat unlikely. China also claims having given the yo-yo to the world but evidence suggests it was a Greek invention. The yo-yo was made popular in the United States by Donald F. Duncan Sr in the early 1900’s. In fact we celebrate today on Duncan’s birthday, June 6th. So get out and “Walk the dog” or “Shoot the moon” showing off your yo-yo skills.

How to celebrate – Go buy a yo-yo. Start developing your skills with the yo-yo. Invent your own yo-yo tricks.

March 1st Sock Monkey Day

March 1st Sock Monkey Day

We all have made, or owned, a sock monkey (well maybe not all of us). They are easy to create and fun to have around for all sorts of reasons. They are considered Homemade Folk Art although Nelson Knitting got the patent for them in 1955. They are great for making the sad happy, entertaining children and for just having fun for no reason at all. They can also be a good friend to tell all your troubles to, they won’t repeat a word you said. It is suggested, however, to wash your sock before you turn it into a sock monkey.

How to celebrate – Make your own sock monkey. Make several sock monkeys so you can have conversations between them. Have a sock monkey party; don’t forget the bananas!

October 21st World Toy Camera Day

October 21st World Toy Camera Day

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What child hasn’t had a toy camera? They go all over the place taking pretend pictures that at least in their minds is going to turn out perfectly! WTCD.org hopes that trend will continue as they created today, they also happen to sell toy cameras.

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The only difference here is that they consider older cameras, real ones, to be toys. I’m not really sure if they are making fun of the day or taking themselves seriously but since they created it aren’t they sort of making fun of themselves!

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How to celebrate – Take your old camera out and take some pictures you can send to WTCD.org. Buy your child a toy camera. Read a book about photography.