70 fantastic facts that will blow your kids’ minds

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Turn these fun facts for kids into a learning game and challenge them to search for other amazing facts too.

Kids these days, they know a lot, don’t they? They’re little sponges – always thirsty for more knowledge or a fun knock-knock joke to share amongst friends. Well, now it’s your turn to be the smarty pants and baffle them with these fantastic facts for kids.

Whether you’re stuck indoors looking for fun things to do with kids on a rainy day, in a supermarket queue or just want to satisfy curious mini minds, reach for these fun facts. Trust us, they will keep your little (and big!) ones mesmerised.

Fun facts for kids

1. The festive tradition of the Christmas tree dates back thousands of years to the Romans and Ancient Egyptians.

2. It is illegal to stand within 90 metres of the Queen without socks on.

3. The Queen has two birthdays.

4. No word in the dictionary rhyme with the word orange.

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5.. Apples float on water!

6.. Number four is the only one with the same amount of letters.

7. More than 480million people have played Monopoly.

8. Tomatoes and avocados are actually fruits, not vegetables.

9. The opposite sides of the dice always add up to seven.

10. A bolt of lightning is five times hotter than the sun.

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11. A jar of Nutella sells every 2.5 seconds.

12. The world’s tallest man was Robert Wadlow from Michigan, America. He measured 8 feet and 2 inches (or 272cm).

13. ‘Arachibutyrophobia’ is the fear of getting peanut bar stuck to the roof of your mouth.

14. There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.

Animal facts for kids

15. Slugs have four noses.

16. Bees are found everywhere in the world apart from Antarctica.

17. Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

18. Horses and cows sleep standing up.

19. There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats in the world.

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20. A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.

21. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

22. Most insects hatch from eggs.

23. Pigs can’t look up into the sky – it’s physically impossible.

24. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

25. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its whole brain.

26. Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

27. A dog’s nose is like a human finger print – unique to its owner.

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28. Dogs’ hearing is 10 times better than a human’s.

29. Dogs can smell 100,000 times better than humans.

30. A group of frogs is called an army.

31. A pet hamster can run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.

32. Monkeys can go bald in old age, just like humans.

33. Frogs drink water through their skin.

34. Only male toads croak.

35. Owls can’t move their eyeballs

36. Octopuses have blue blood and nine brains.

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37. Emperor penguins can last 27 minutes underwater and can dive as deep as 500m.

38. A prawn or shrimp’s heart is in their heads.

39. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

40. A Tiger’s skin is striped, like it’s fur.

41. Most fish don’t have eyelids.

42. Gorilla’s burp when they are happy.

43. Hippopotamus produces pink milk.

44. Slugs have four noses!

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Human body facts for kids

45. As well as having unique finger prints, we all have unique tongue prints.

46. Fingernails grow four times faster than your toenails.

47. It is impossible to lick your own elbow.

48. About 70% of an adult’s body is water.

49. Your nose and ears continue growing for your entire life.

50. You can not talk and inhale or exhale at the same time… try it!

51. Your heart is about the same size as your fist.

52. All babies are born with blue eyes.

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53. When you grow up you’ll have 32 teeth

54. Every step you take uses 200 different muscles in the body.

55. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

56. An average yawn lasts six seconds.

57. The human nose can detect and recognise three trillion different scents.

58. Australia has the most amount of reptiles in the world (over 750 different species!)

Space facts for kids

59. You might think that stars are all the same, but each star is a different colour depending on their temperature.

60. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on a beach.

61. It would take only one hour to drive to space.

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62. Water covers 70% of Earth.

63. The sun looks super close but it would take 70,000 years in our fastest spaceship to reach it.

64. It won’t be possible to walk on planets like Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn or Uranus as they don’t have a solid surface and are made of gases mostly.

65. The sunset on Mars appears blue.

66. The average star is between 1 and 10 billion years old (although some are even older!)

Geography facts for kids

67. There may have been four different Ice Ages, where the world was completely covered in ice, not just one.

68. The world’s heaviest carrot grown by Christopher Qualley in the USA weighed 10.7kg (or 22.44 lb).

69. French fries originated in Belgium, not France.

70. Australia has the most amount of reptiles in the world (over 750 different species!)

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71. There is a tree called the Idiot Fruit, it grows in Australia’s Daintree rainforest

72. The smallest country in the world is the Vatican City in Rome, Italy. It’s only about 109 acres.

73. It took nearly 1500 years to build Stonehenge.

74. The city of Bangkok in Thailand has the longest name in the world and is actually called Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

75. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 828 metres tall with 163 floors.

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