Fun Facts for Kids

Kids Fun Facts

We've listed 30 fun facts for kids to enjoy. Facts on animals, the human body, history and geography.

30 Fun Facts for Kids

  1. Our heart beats around 100,000 times a day, continuously pumping blood around our body through blood vessels. That's 1 million times every 10 days!

  2. If a donkey and a zebra have a baby, it is called a zonkey. A zonkey is quit a rare animal!
  3. Ecuador in South America is the only country in the world named after a geographical feature. Its official name is Republica del Ecuador which means The Republic of the Equator.
  4. There are nearly 40 million Sheep in New Zealand - that's 10 for every 1 person. Sheep were first introduced into New Zealand by the British explorer James Cook.
  5. Helium is lighter than the air around us so it floats - that's why we put it in party balloons.
  6. There are 52 weeks and 1 day in a non-leap year. 2020 is a leap-year, so there's 52 weeks and 2 days in 2020.
  7. Before 1800 there was no such thing as seperate shoes for left and right feet.
  8. A palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same backwards as it does forwards, for example level and madam. The longest palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary is tattarrattat - a word for a 'knock on the door', coined by author James Joyce in his book Ulysses.
  9. Only two countries use purple in their national flags - Nicaragua features a rainbow with purple, and Dominica a parrot with purple feathers.
  10. It is impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open at the same time.
  11. The most common vowel in English is 'E', followed next by 'A'. The most common consonant is 'R', followed by 'T'. Eleven percent of the entire English language is just the letter 'E', however, only one letter in every 510 is a 'Q'.
  12. Otters hold hands not to float away from each other whilst sleeping.
  13. A googol is the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The search engine company Google has the same name but it was accidentally misspelled by the company's founders.
  14. The Alaskan coastline has a greater distance than all of the other American States' coastlines combined.
  15. A giraffe’s neck is upto 1.8 metres long but it contains the same number of vertebrae (bones) as a human neck.
  16. Chips were first made in France - hence, they're often called 'French fries'.
  17. No sheet of dry square paper can be folded in half more than 7 times - why not try it!
  18. The United States of America has a dog population of over 73 million. The dog dog population of the United Kingdom is nearly 7 million.
  19. Canada has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined.
  20. Roman emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.
  21. The word laser comes from the first letters of each word in 'Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation'.
  22. Cats use their whiskers to decide if they can fit through small spaces.
  23. Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies - they have a skeleton made up of cartilage, which is the same tough material that makes up human ears and noses.
  24. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living structure in the world and is made of corals.
  25. There are 525,600 minutes in a year.
  26. South Sudan in North Africa is the youngest country in the world - it gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.
  27. The dot over the letters 'i' or 'j' is called a 'tittle'.
  28. In 1915 John McCrae wrote the famous poem 'In Flanders Field' after seeing poppies growing in the battle-scarred fields of Flanders in World War I - the poem inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.
  29. Human's have lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet's history.
  30. The longest place name on the planet is 85 letters long and in New Zealand. Can you say Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu?

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