Rubber duck

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

What gives a goofy toy like a rubber duck its play value for children? The duck's bright colors, smooth texture, and (for some) squeaky or quacky sound sharpen toddlers' developing senses. Playing with a rubber duck, like squeezing it and dunking it, builds up finger muscles and sharpens hand-eye coordination. The toy's presence in the bathtub soothes youngsters' fears of water immersion and makes good fun of the routine hygiene they're learning.

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  • Title: Rubber duck
  • Subject Keywords: rubber duck
  • Type: Baby and Toddler Toys
  • Medium: rubber, paint
  • Object ID: 114.64800
  • Credit Line: Gift of Lawrence and Brenda Heller