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Usually kids aren't familiar with the full scope of language (metaphors, allusions, and so-on), meaning when an adult tells one to "keep an eye on the ball", he might as well try to put his eye on the ball.

To illustrate that, Bored Panda has collected some of the most hilarious images of kids taking instructions too literally. From training dogs by showing them YouTube videos, to dressing up for a literary adventure, these little fellows were just trying their best to follow instructions.

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2nd Graders Homework. My Friend's Awesome 6 Year Old Son Is Autistic And Takes Instructions Literally

2nd Graders Homework. My Friend's Awesome 6 Year Old Son Is Autistic And Takes Instructions Literally

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This Isn't Exactly What We Meant When We Told Him That He Could Look Up Puppy Training Tips On Youtube

This Isn't Exactly What We Meant When We Told Him That He Could Look Up Puppy Training Tips On Youtube

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We Told Our 3yr Old That New Years Is Special Because You Get To Toast To A New Year. A Few Hours Later She Said "Are We Gonna Make Toast Now?!" And Thus A New Years Day Tradition Was Born

We Told Our 3yr Old That New Years Is Special Because You Get To Toast To A New Year. A Few Hours Later She Said "Are We Gonna Make Toast Now?!" And Thus A New Years Day Tradition Was Born

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

look at her smile ... so cute ...she stretched every single muscle of her face

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My Kid Said I Gave Her Too Many Grapes. I Said Just Eat Half Of Them

My Kid Said I Gave Her Too Many Grapes. I Said Just Eat Half Of Them

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#7

Bring A Fish To School Day

Bring A Fish To School Day

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Mike Olson
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did the child take this "too literally"? Unless the instructions were to bring a living fish in, this seems like instructions were followed?

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Future Lawyer? Was Told He Couldn't Go Outside

Future Lawyer? Was Told He Couldn't Go Outside

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Baenjolras
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I assume it was put up like 'Don't place a foot outside' or something similar

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#9

Not Exactly What I Had In Mind When I Told My Son It Was Too Nice Out To Play Games Inside

Not Exactly What I Had In Mind When I Told My Son It Was Too Nice Out To Play Games Inside

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#10

Took My Son To A Modern Art Museum And Told Him That He Needs To Really Think About The Art And What They Are Trying To Say. I Am Not Sure, But I Think I Have A Smartass On My Hands

Took My Son To A Modern Art Museum And Told Him That He Needs To Really Think About The Art And What They Are Trying To Say. I Am Not Sure, But I Think I Have A Smartass On My Hands

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#12

Directions Were To 'Draw Hands On The Clocks'

Directions Were To 'Draw Hands On The Clocks'

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#13

I Was Fixing A Computer, And My 4 Year Old Son Asked Why, So I Said It Was To Make It Work Faster. A While Later, My Son Said He Had Already Solved The Problem. Then I Come Across This

I Was Fixing A Computer, And My 4 Year Old Son Asked Why, So I Said It Was To Make It Work Faster. A While Later, My Son Said He Had Already Solved The Problem. Then I Come Across This

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#14

My Friend's Daughter Taking The Instructions Literally

My Friend's Daughter Taking The Instructions Literally

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#15

My Dad Told My Son To Get Ready For A Bedtime Story Adventure, So He Grabbed His Warm Hat And A Flashlight

My Dad Told My Son To Get Ready For A Bedtime Story Adventure, So He Grabbed His Warm Hat And A Flashlight

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Stille20
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's ready for an adventure. If Doctor Who showed up, he wouldn't get left behind.

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#16

I Asked My Son To Use Chopsticks At A Japanese Restaurant. This Is How He Used Them For The Soup

I Asked My Son To Use Chopsticks At A Japanese Restaurant. This Is How He Used Them For The Soup

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#17

My Wife Asked My Son To Put A Jar Of Water In Our Dog's Bowl. Saw This A Few Hours Later. Mission Accomplished

My Wife Asked My Son To Put A Jar Of Water In Our Dog's Bowl. Saw This A Few Hours Later. Mission Accomplished

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Sarah K
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Crates actually simulate caves or dens which is where a wild dog would go for safety, so a lot of dogs like them as their "safe place"

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#18

My Son, The Realist, Brought This Home With Some Of His Kindergarten Schoolwork

My Son, The Realist, Brought This Home With Some Of His Kindergarten Schoolwork

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#19

I Told My First Grade Class They Were Writing Their Letters To Santa... I Should Have Been More Specific

I Told My First Grade Class They Were Writing Their Letters To Santa... I Should Have Been More Specific

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#20

I Told My 5-Year-Old He Could Watch TV As Soon As He Ate Half Of His Hot Dog

I Told My 5-Year-Old He Could Watch TV As Soon As He Ate Half Of His Hot Dog

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#21

I Told My 2 Year Old To Put Her Shoes By The Front Door. She Takes Me Very Literally Sometimes

I Told My 2 Year Old To Put Her Shoes By The Front Door. She Takes Me Very Literally Sometimes

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#22

One Of Them Finally Cracked The Code

One Of Them Finally Cracked The Code

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#23

I Told My Daughter She Couldn't Take Clothes Off The Hangers And Try Them On So I Got This

I Told My Daughter She Couldn't Take Clothes Off The Hangers And Try Them On So I Got This

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#24

I Asked The Kids Not To Eat All Of The Strawberries... Hey, At Least They Listen!

I Asked The Kids Not To Eat All Of The Strawberries... Hey, At Least They Listen!

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#25

When Your Sister Uses Deodorant For The First Time And Gets The Ruler Out Cos "It's To Be 15cm Away"

When Your Sister Uses Deodorant For The First Time And Gets The Ruler Out Cos "It's To Be 15cm Away"

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Amanda Cariker
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My exhusband would do things like this, i could never cook with him. I eyeball things too much

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Technically Correct, The Best Kind Of Correct (5-Year Old Style)

Technically Correct, The Best Kind Of Correct (5-Year Old Style)

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#27

I Mean, I'm Not Going To Be Mad. That Is Where I Told My Son Pooh Goes

I Mean, I'm Not Going To Be Mad. That Is Where I Told My Son Pooh Goes

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#28

Told Our Kid To Go Put The Pizza Costume Back Where It Belongs.... Well He Wasn't Wrong

Told Our Kid To Go Put The Pizza Costume Back Where It Belongs.... Well He Wasn't Wrong

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Hans
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pizza costume? Awesome! Particularly suited for cheesy people, I suppose.

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#29

I Told My Son That I Don't Want To See The Cooler In This Room Again. I'm Not Even Mad

I Told My Son That I Don't Want To See The Cooler In This Room Again. I'm Not Even Mad

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On My Birthday, 10-Year-Old Sister Asked Me What Kind Of Stuff I Liked. I Told Her Mustaches, Guitars And Sloths. She Went Into Her Room And Came Back An Hour Later With This

On My Birthday, 10-Year-Old Sister Asked Me What Kind Of Stuff I Liked. I Told Her Mustaches, Guitars And Sloths. She Went Into Her Room And Came Back An Hour Later With This

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I Asked My Three Year Old Daughter To Put Her Toys Away. This Is Where She Put Her Guitar...

I Asked My Three Year Old Daughter To Put Her Toys Away. This Is Where She Put Her Guitar...

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Jessica Jane
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey, she has a point! If Mommy/Daddy don't have to put their guitar in its case, why should she? ;)

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#33

Told The 2Yo I Had To Finish Some Mixes Tonight - She Left This On My Desk For Me

Told The 2Yo I Had To Finish Some Mixes Tonight - She Left This On My Desk For Me

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#34

I Told My 5 Year Old Son That, If He Could Blow It Up, He Could Jump It

I Told My 5 Year Old Son That, If He Could Blow It Up, He Could Jump It

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#35

My Friend Told His Kid To Put His Clothes Away And Came Back To Find This Instead

My Friend Told His Kid To Put His Clothes Away And Came Back To Find This Instead

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#36

My Sister-In-Law Asked The 4Yo To Put The Cookies On The Dining Room Table

My Sister-In-Law Asked The 4Yo To Put The Cookies On The Dining Room Table

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#37

In His Defense, I Did Say To Put These In The Bathroom. There Is Nothing Like Having A Literal 2nd Grader Living In Your House

In His Defense, I Did Say To Put These In The Bathroom. There Is Nothing Like Having A Literal 2nd Grader Living In Your House

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#38

Told The Kids Repeatedly Not To Wear Their Socks In The Garden And Finally They Are Listening To Me... These Are My Socks

Told The Kids Repeatedly Not To Wear Their Socks In The Garden And Finally They Are Listening To Me... These Are My Socks

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#39

My 8-Year-Old Son Takes His Homework Directions Literally

My 8-Year-Old Son Takes His Homework Directions Literally

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#42

Directions Said 3 Inches Apart. That's Precisely How Far Apart They Will Be

Directions Said 3 Inches Apart. That's Precisely How Far Apart They Will Be

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#43

I Asked My 6 Year Old To Put The Extra Roll Of Toilet Paper Under The Sink

I Asked My 6 Year Old To Put The Extra Roll Of Toilet Paper Under The Sink

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#44

So I Told My 8 Year Old To Only Eat Half Of The Banana. This Was Her Interpretation

So I Told My 8 Year Old To Only Eat Half Of The Banana. This Was Her Interpretation

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#45

Maybe I Shouldn't Have Told My Daughter You Can Make "Art" Out Of Anything

Maybe I Shouldn't Have Told My Daughter You Can Make "Art" Out Of Anything

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#46

Asked My 11 Yr Old To Spread Out The Silverware After Cleaning

Asked My 11 Yr Old To Spread Out The Silverware After Cleaning

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#47

My Sister Taught Math To 4th Graders In China. Honest Mistake

My Sister Taught Math To 4th Graders In China. Honest Mistake

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Stille20
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess, but you have to teach them what the symbols mean before asking them to complete this. So either the kids wasn't listening or they weren't taught how to do the assignment.

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#48

New Post Sign In Sign Up Next Post My Daughter Takes Things Literally

New Post Sign In Sign Up Next Post My Daughter Takes Things Literally

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#49

I Asked The Kids To Organize The Shoes. They Did What I Said

I Asked The Kids To Organize The Shoes. They Did What I Said

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#50

My Little Sister Was Making Bookmarks And Asked If I Wanted One. I Asked Her To Make Me One That Looked Like A Companion Cube. She Did Me One Better And Made It An Actual Cube

My Little Sister Was Making Bookmarks And Asked If I Wanted One. I Asked Her To Make Me One That Looked Like A Companion Cube. She Did Me One Better And Made It An Actual Cube

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#51

I Asked My Son To Make Me Mozzarella Sticks And This Is What He Gave Me

I Asked My Son To Make Me Mozzarella Sticks And This Is What He Gave Me

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I Said Out Loud That I Was Going To Get A Bag Of Chips. My 5-Year-Old Son Excitedly Jumped Up, Told Me He Was On The Case, And Ran Fast To The Kitchen. He Was Super Proud Of Himself When He Returned And Handed Me This

I Said Out Loud That I Was Going To Get A Bag Of Chips. My 5-Year-Old Son Excitedly Jumped Up, Told Me He Was On The Case, And Ran Fast To The Kitchen. He Was Super Proud Of Himself When He Returned And Handed Me This

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#53

My Little Brother Was Told To Eat Half Of His Nuggets And This Is What He Did

My Little Brother Was Told To Eat Half Of His Nuggets And This Is What He Did

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#54

While I Appreciate My Daughter's Attempt, This Is Not What I Meant When I Asked For Her Help With Cleaning The House

While I Appreciate My Daughter's Attempt, This Is Not What I Meant When I Asked For Her Help With Cleaning The House

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#55

I Told My Son Not To Throw Food On The Floor. This Is His Response

I Told My Son Not To Throw Food On The Floor. This Is His Response

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#56

My Daughter Asked Her Brother If He Wanted A Brownie. This Is What She And Her Friends Brought Him

My Daughter Asked Her Brother If He Wanted A Brownie. This Is What She And Her Friends Brought Him

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#57

Had A Tea Party With My Two Year Old And I Asked For Apple Juice

Had A Tea Party With My Two Year Old And I Asked For Apple Juice

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#58

Told Her To Put The Hanger In Her Room This Morning. Guess I Should Be More Specific Next Time

Told Her To Put The Hanger In Her Room This Morning. Guess I Should Be More Specific Next Time

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#59

Because I'm Smart

Because I'm Smart

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The teacher needs a few English lessons, that is just worded really really weird, also the teacher means the 8 in the number 68 means it is even, but still I had to read that about 5 times to understand it O.o

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I Told My 2-Year-Old To Get Toilet Paper To Wipe Her Nose. She Grabbed Half A Square. I Told Her To Get A Big Piece. She Came Back With This

I Told My 2-Year-Old To Get Toilet Paper To Wipe Her Nose. She Grabbed Half A Square. I Told Her To Get A Big Piece. She Came Back With This

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When I Asked My On The Spectrum, Very Literal, 7 Year Old Son To Bring Me The DVD 24. I Thought I Clarified That I Meant The Show...

When I Asked My On The Spectrum, Very Literal, 7 Year Old Son To Bring Me The DVD 24. I Thought I Clarified That I Meant The Show...

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#62

Asked My Niece To Put These In The Bathroom. Guess I Should've Been More Specific

Asked My Niece To Put These In The Bathroom. Guess I Should've Been More Specific

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#64

Some Kids Take Things A Little Too Literally

Some Kids Take Things A Little Too Literally

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why is it so hard to say "order the words"? It is extremely hard ro make good assessment questions (from first grade throughout graduate studies!), but a little efforr should brought forward. The child is clever really good actually.

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Asked The 5Yo To Put The Dog Lead In The Front Door Of The Car. Sort Of Right

Asked The 5Yo To Put The Dog Lead In The Front Door Of The Car. Sort Of Right

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This Is What Happened When I Asked The 1Yo To Get In Front Of The Tree So I Could Take A Picture. Should've Been More Specific I Guess

This Is What Happened When I Asked The 1Yo To Get In Front Of The Tree So I Could Take A Picture. Should've Been More Specific I Guess

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I Should've Been More Specific When I Asked My Son To Put Water In His Dinner Bowl When He Was Done Eating

I Should've Been More Specific When I Asked My Son To Put Water In His Dinner Bowl When He Was Done Eating

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#69

Asked My 8yo To Put His Shoes Outside The Door. Always The Loophole With This One

Asked My 8yo To Put His Shoes Outside The Door. Always The Loophole With This One

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#70

Me To My 3 Year Old Son: "when You Use Tissue Throw It In The Toilet"

Me To My 3 Year Old Son: "when You Use Tissue Throw It In The Toilet"

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Asked My Two-year-old To Clean The Table While I Did The Dishes... Found Her Like This.

Asked My Two-year-old To Clean The Table While I Did The Dishes... Found Her Like This.

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#72

When Mason Came To Me And Said He'd Bit His Tongue, I Probably Shouldn't Have Said "Oh No, We May Need To Chop It Off!"

When Mason Came To Me And Said He'd Bit His Tongue, I Probably Shouldn't Have Said "Oh No, We May Need To Chop It Off!"

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Hans
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While I am the advocate of irony and sarcasm, one might need ro be a little careful with toddlers. Better hide the knifes. Seriously.

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Asked The Kids To Move The Dissected Train Track/Mess Out Of The Living Room. Not Really What I Meant...

Asked The Kids To Move The Dissected Train Track/Mess Out Of The Living Room. Not Really What I Meant...

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I Told My One Year Old Son He Could Sit With Me And Put His Water In The Same Spot As Daddy's Drink. Technically, He's Not Wrong

I Told My One Year Old Son He Could Sit With Me And Put His Water In The Same Spot As Daddy's Drink. Technically, He's Not Wrong

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#75

Told My Son To Clean His Room

Told My Son To Clean His Room

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#76

My Son Was Asked To Get Some Recycling For Junk Modelling And This Is What He Did

My Son Was Asked To Get Some Recycling For Junk Modelling And This Is What He Did

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#78

Asked My Daughter To Take Her Backpack Upstairs

Asked My Daughter To Take Her Backpack Upstairs

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Really?! I Told Them To Gather The Trash And The Laundry. Guess I Should Be More Specific As To What To Do Next

Really?! I Told Them To Gather The Trash And The Laundry. Guess I Should Be More Specific As To What To Do Next

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I Asked My 11 Year Old To Put Two Trays Of Ice Cubes In The Cooler Meaning Empty Them In. She Took Me Literally

I Asked My 11 Year Old To Put Two Trays Of Ice Cubes In The Cooler Meaning Empty Them In. She Took Me Literally

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#81

Asked My 11 Yr Old Son To Warm Up Soup In Microwave

Asked My 11 Yr Old Son To Warm Up Soup In Microwave

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#82

I Guess He Literally Did What I Asked And Put The Markers On Top Of The Door

I Guess He Literally Did What I Asked And Put The Markers On Top Of The Door

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#83

Asked My Son To Put His Dirty Dishes In The Dishwasher - This Is What I Get

Asked My Son To Put His Dirty Dishes In The Dishwasher - This Is What I Get

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I Asked My 2 Year Old To Put His Dish In The Dishwasher....This Is What I Found. I Can't Fault Him

I Asked My 2 Year Old To Put His Dish In The Dishwasher....This Is What I Found. I Can't Fault Him

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#85

4yo Daughter Is Taking The Directions Very Literally

4yo Daughter Is Taking The Directions Very Literally

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Told The Kids If The Rabbits Played Up They Were Going In The Pot. This Is Not What I Had In Mind!!

Told The Kids If The Rabbits Played Up They Were Going In The Pot. This Is Not What I Had In Mind!!

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's an evil thing to say, not least because rabbits don't follow human social rules.

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My Teenage Daughter's School Asked Her To Do Half A Page Of Writing. She Went To Send This In

My Teenage Daughter's School Asked Her To Do Half A Page Of Writing. She Went To Send This In

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017