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What are rubber ducks for?

For many households with small children, rubber ducks are often seen in bathrooms. They are among popular toys for young children. Rubber ducks are used as recreation to create a relaxing bath time when parents need to give their child a bath so that the child learns good hygiene. This toy can make a fun and simple birthday gift or baby shower gift. The design consists of a flat base, and traditionally a rubber duck has a yellow body with red bill. It is usually squishy, making it a fun toy for a child to play with in a bathtub. Small rubber ducks are appropriate for children from age 3 and up.

What is a rubber duck made out of?

Yellow rubber ducks were originally manufactured out of hard rubber sometime in the late 1800s, but they were not floating or squeaky and they had no holes. Modern rubber ducks are often made out of vinyl plastic, eco-friendly PVC, or rubber. They often have a hole to squirt water, and are squishy with a quacking sound. Nowadays, most of them are produced to be floating rubber ducks in the market. Assorted rubber ducks now contain many more different colors, making the duck look as if it wears fun costumes. Many other designs include different animals such as dinosaurs, frogs and fish, but they serve the same purpose as rubber ducks.

What is a rubber duck race?

Besides serving as a childhood toy for children, rubber ducks are also used in festivals. Community organizations or nonprofit groups sometimes shop for rubber ducks for duck race to serve the purpose of fundraising. Participants buy raffle tickets that correspond with a specific rubber duck. Then, hundreds or thousands of rubber ducks are dropped on top of a river or waterway to begin a race, and the first duck to reach the finish line wins.

How to clean a rubber duck

Soap and hot water are highly recommended. Users should squeeze the air out of the rubber duck to let fresh water in, and repeat this step a few times. Excess water should be drained completely when the cleaning is done.

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