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.

Have you witnessed something similar yourself? Upload your pics below and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

#1

"Keep Your Eye On The Ball Son"

"Keep Your Eye On The Ball Son"

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Jasmine Chen
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4 years ago

The dad is like"I give up"

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#2

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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Septia Yudhi Nugraha
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4 years ago

genius! exactly as instructed.

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#3

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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Jasmine Chen
Community Member
4 years ago

The dog seems to be injoying it

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#4

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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Jasmine Chen
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4 years ago

That's good😋

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#5

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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Superluminal1
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4 years ago

The Grapes of Wrath.

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#6

Toddler Was Asked To Feed The Cat

Toddler Was Asked To Feed The Cat

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

When you're at a party and the host knows you don't drink

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#7

Bring A Fish To School Day

Bring A Fish To School Day

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Prashant Karnath
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4 years ago

Imagine if he is the only one who got it right... teacher didn't want to go shopping, so asked the kids to get lunch for him/her... lol

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#8

Future Lawyer? Was Told He Couldn't Go Outside

Future Lawyer? Was Told He Couldn't Go Outside

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Jasmine Chen
Community Member
4 years ago

Smart!

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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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Lukas Nirgendwo
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4 years ago

Checkmate mother!

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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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Amanda Cariker
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4 years ago

Seems legit

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#11

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

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stella
Community Member
4 years ago

love the thinking sketch

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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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Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

ummmm.. Did you not talk about it first?

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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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Emre
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4 years ago

smartass! wooow it's nice to see a kid know sonic these days

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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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E Menendez
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4 years ago

Tedison is a great name.

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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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4 years ago

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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Stille20
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4 years ago

That is one talented smart ass. He commits to the joke.

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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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Oliver Prime
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4 years ago

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Why are you keeping your dog in a cage inside the house?

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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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Natasha Forchione
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4 years ago

LOL!

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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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Hans
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4 years ago

At least they know the alphabet...

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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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Mike Olson
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4 years ago

In this case, "too literally" sounds like he should not have eaten any bun.

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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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Valerie Treichel
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4 years ago

Those a very special shoes...

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#22

One Of Them Finally Cracked The Code

One Of Them Finally Cracked The Code

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Heather Keedy Bateman
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4 years ago

I love that the teacher gave credit for that response!

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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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Hans
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4 years ago

Genius!

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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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Giulia
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4 years ago

I do this all the time! :D

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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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Pi...
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4 years ago

Wait a little longer, lill lady...

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#26

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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Pi...
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4 years ago

The question though... *giggle*

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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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Pi...
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4 years ago

Maybe u shoulda said 'poo-Puh'

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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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4 years ago

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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Hans
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4 years ago

But why os there a cooler?

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#30

Phyto-Cell

Phyto-Cell

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Welp, his petals n leaves should be all sad n droopy too.. :(

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#31

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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Pi...
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4 years ago

That is really sweet of a sibling to do that!

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#32

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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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

God! That's adorable!

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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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Pi...
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4 years ago

So thoughtful.

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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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Mrs.Blecksmith
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4 years ago

That's just pure evil hahahhahha 😂

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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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Nyello
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4 years ago

Pretty

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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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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Fair enough

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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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Stille20
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4 years ago

nah, that's sass. In second grade you know what's being asked

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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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Pi...
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4 years ago

Why are they glowing?!

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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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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

though he is correct... :)

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#40

Can't Deny That

Can't Deny That

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Another entry to the "questions so stupid the teacher should get a slap" contest.

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#41

This Smart Kid

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Markus McCloud
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4 years ago

Well, they aren't wrong.

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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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Stille20
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4 years ago

Hey, she's learning. It's good to bake with precision.

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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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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Well...

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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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nighty fox dreemurr
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4 years ago

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Yuck! I hate bananas...

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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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YsaPur
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4 years ago

looks cool!

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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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E Menendez
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4 years ago

I think with the description as it is, I would have done the same.

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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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4 years ago

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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Pi...
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4 years ago

The title took it seriously too!

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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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Cassie
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4 years ago

That's a lot of shoes!!

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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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Hans
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4 years ago

That is nice!

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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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nighty fox dreemurr
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4 years ago

You use the sticks as hashis!!

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#52

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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Fandoms Rise
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4 years ago

I'd accept it.

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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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Mrs.Blecksmith
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4 years ago

What the hell is with this "half of" thing? It's starting to be creepy 😂

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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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Stille20
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4 years ago

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Did she dress herself too? Kid matches to her own drum.

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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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JEFF THE KILLER
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4 years ago

its not on the floor right?

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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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Pi...
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4 years ago

That's just cheeky!

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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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Markus McCloud
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4 years ago

Just be glad it wasn't a drowning iPhone.

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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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ItzBreadGaming
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4 years ago

Maybe she's just being lazy

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#59

Because I'm Smart

Because I'm Smart

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Eliana Ferreira
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4 years ago

The teacher's answer is wrong, 52 is an even number and the number in the one's place is odd. You can tell in a number is even if you can divide it in two whole numbers.

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#60

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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rai mei
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4 years ago

cute~

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#61

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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Samuel Suarez
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4 years ago

Ayacha your a bitch!!!

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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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Bo Bednar
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4 years ago

There's a lot of this kind.

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#63

Genius Kid

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Almandine Fox
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4 years ago

Dammit peter

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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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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

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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#65

Hard Water

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Nyello
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4 years ago

See its all cute when they are young and they do not know better. If this kid is old enough to be learning g about calcium and hard water he should know better. As a teacher I can't say that I find this one funny, just sad.

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#66

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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Hans
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4 years ago

The poor dog!

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#67

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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Tiny Dynamine
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4 years ago

He's almost there! Go on, boy!

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#68

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