It’s Guinness World Records Day – How to celebrate

Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Last updated on Thursday, 19 November 2020

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For more than 60 years, people have been making and breaking Guinness World Records. There’s a record for the world’s longest legs, largest ball of lint, fastest marathon pushing a triple stroller, oldest bungee jumper, most voluminous lunchbox, longest line of rubber ducks and so much more!

Thousands of eye-boggling and truly astounding records are packed into the Guinness World Records book every year, and to celebrate these fantastic feats, November 18 has been designated as Guinness World Records Day.

This event is fun for all the family, so here are three ways to mark the day, make some memories and maybe even set a record!

  1. Start by reading out some kid-friendly records

Guinness World Records come in all shapes and sizes, and these five ahhh-mazing achievements will impress your child in a big way:

  • The most dominoes stacked on one single piece is 1,120, and was achieved by Alexander Bendikov (Russian Federation) in Sevastopol, Crimea, on 18 May, 2019.
  • The most sticky notes stuck on the face in 30 seconds is 38, and was achieved by Silvio Sabba (Italy) in Rodano, Milan, Italy, on 18 April, 2018.
  • The most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds is 28, achieved by Pavol Durdik (Slovakia) in Púchov, Slovakia, on 10 October, 2017.
  • The most wet sponges thrown in one minute (by a team of two) is 76, and this was achieved by Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin (both USA) in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on 5 February, 2019. 
  • The youngest club DJ is Archie Norbury (UK), aged 4 years and 130 days, who played at Bungalow, in Hong Kong, China, on 30 March, 2019.

Extracted from Guinness World Records 2021, published by Guinness, RRP $44.99.

  1. Challenge your child to set a Guinness World Record of their own!

Although some record-breakers are born that way and others embark on adult-only challenges, Guinness World Records Day is an opportunity for kids and teens under the age of 16 to set a record.

Click this link for more info, then cheer your child on as they tackle one, or all, of these tricks:

  • Most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds
  • Most soft toys caught blindfolded
  • Fastest time to stack 20 LEGO bricks in a right-angle tower
  • Most times to hit a target with a paper aircraft in three minutes
  • Fastest time to pack a school bag
  1. Check out the Guinness World Records Kids website

Once your child has broken a couple of personal bests, the GWR Kids site is a fun place for them to play games, do puzzles, watch videos and read stories about record-holders around the world.

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