When they’re little, children’s minds are like sponges. Everything is new and exciting and interesting, and heaven help the parents of toddlers, because we definitely don’t have all of the answers.

Thankfully, at least in our house, Alexa does.

If you want to have a leg up on your preschooler the next time he or she slows down enough to have a chat, hit them with some of these wild-but-true facts.

16. Okay but how small of a child?

A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.

15. That’s why they just sting indiscriminately I guess.


Jelly fish don’t have brains.

14. I wish this didn’t surprise me.

There are more plastic flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

13. From what I know of kangaroos, that’s probably an understatement.

 If you lift a kangaroos tail of the ground it can’t hop (but he will not be happy)

12. Some days this seems like it wouldn’t be a bad deal.

The male emu goes around and collects the eggs that the female lays, painstakingly moves them all to a nest, then sits on them until they hatch.

After they hatch he is their only caretaker.

The mother isn’t involved at all.

11. That’s a lot of spit!


The average human produces enough saliva over their life to fill 2 swimming pools.

10. They understand so much more than we give them credit for.

There once was a trade agreement between a pack of dolphins and fishermen that lasted several years.

The fishermen would give the dolphins a fish that they wanted, and in return, the dolphins would give the fishermen a fish that they wanted!

9. That’s why he’s the king of the WHOLE jungle.


You can hear a lion roar from up to 5 miles away.

8. This is the Pixar movie we all need in our lives.

There is a species of burrowing tarantula that lets tiny frogs live in their burrows.

The frog eats pests that are too small for the spider to get, and in return, the frog is kept safe by the big ol’ spider.

This is pretty much how the domestication of cats went.

Tiny frogs are tarantula housecats.

7. Well that’s just adorable – all of Charlotte’s little spiderlings.


A baby spider is called a spiderling.

6. Because gender is a societal construct.

Both boys and girls used to wear dresses.

It was only when boys got older they started wearing pants.

5. This…does not seem possible.


A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

4. I honestly had no idea.

Before he became president, Abraham Lincoln was a wrestler.

3. And it took someone this long to market it – crazy!

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Nutella was invented during WWII, when hazelnuts were mixed into chocolate to extend chocolate rations.

2. I need a picture STAT for so many reasons.

Sea otters hold hands while they are sleeping to not drift apart.

1. That’s why they bury so many, I guess.

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Squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.

I’m honestly loving these!

Did you learn anything today? Share your favorite facts in the comments!