If you’re feeling left out, how do you get connected? How do you even tell others that you feel isolated? It’s hard enough to deal with this as an adult. But if you’re just a kid, what do you do?
At Roundtown Elementary School in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, you go sit on the buddy bench.
It’s a bench set aside on the playground for kids who want to play, but need a buddy to play with. Second grade student Christian Bucks learned about this invention at a school in Germany and decided that his school should have one, too. The York Daily Record reports:
Christian hopes that students who are playing at recess will go to the buddy bench and include the children who are sitting there to play or talk with them.
"We show we care about others when we ask others to play," he said. "I also hope that new friendships will be made because of the buddy bench."
Promoter Tommy Giodone calls it “the toughest sport on wool.” For the past 18 years, he’s rented ewes from ranchers and offered kids between the ages of 4 and 7 the chance to live the life of a rodeo bull rider.
The kids wear protective gear, but otherwise it’s a lot like the adult sport. The sheep are released from pens into an arena. They’ve got to hold on for 6 seconds. The first place winner at every fair gets to compete in a national championship.
You can’t just walk in and expect to win. These mutton busting competitions can be popular. At the recent Washington State Fair, there were 5 shows a day with 40-50 kids competing at each show.
The works of Maurice Sendak have delighted young and old alike for generations, and his artwork looks as fresh and timely today as it did when it came out decades ago. Sendak created artwork for all sorts of reasons, like these little known promotional posters for causes ranging from Jewish Book Month to International Children’s Book Day (I’m sensing a theme here).
They feature characters from fables and fairy tales, a few wild things and some kids who are hungry for adventure- and a bowl of chicken soup with rice. Sendak’s art is always a pleasure to behold, and his whimsical character designs are such an iconic part of childhood that they still bring a smile to my face.
Everyone loves an advent calendar, but if you're looking for something a little less Christmas-y and a little more science-y, this crystal advent calendar is a great option. They even fit together to look like a real crystal grouping.
Mr. Printables is has the instructions to make your own, and the downloadable copy to print them out. The only downside is that they are a little small, so it's kind of hard to fit some larger presents into the boxes -but they're still big enough for small candies, which is all that's in many commercial advent calendars anyway.
I said these things over and over to myself when I was going through those difficult times as a kid. I say them to my teenagers now. Maybe it helps, but it doesn't make the the pain of the present go away. From Lunar Baboon.
I love these child-adult collaborations. We’ve previously seen Mica Angela Hendricks’s work with her 4-year old. Now we can see more from redditor Tatsputin.
For 10 days out of a typical month, Tatsputin flies away from home on business trips. His kids make drawings and Tatsputin colors them in and adds a few accents while riding on the plane. You can see more samples of their work here.
You know what I've always wanted -a training toilet that lets my baby use his iPad while he learns to go potty. Oh wait, that's an insane and idiotic idea... but it has still been made. And that's not the only utterly bizarre and terrible toy that was released this year. Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood rounded up the top 5 worst offenders, but I have to disagree about the Imaginext Mega Apatosaurus after all, battle dinosaurs are always awesome for kids of all ages no matter what the CCFC says.
Most recently, she’s made headlines by assembling picture frames made of human placentas. She does it by boiling a whole placenta, grinding it into pieces, mixing it with resin, then shaping the mixture into a frame.
It’s a keepsake for new parents, like a baby’s first blanket. Ms. Cotton explains:
It is my belief that human by-products have just as valid an aesthetic value as their virginal material resource. From this starting point, I chose to create souvenirs which pinpoint key times in one's life, using materials of personal significance.
Ask young children about Thanksgiving, and they will tell you what they know -which isn't much. And what they know can be hilariously fused with non-Thanksgiving stuff. It's just not a traditional Thanksgiving without pickles and salami! These kids are good at bluffing their way through, which will serve them well in the higher grades -and in their careers. -via Uproxx
We've seen the real Mother of Dragons, but here's one little dragon that needs a mother to step in. He's in fantastic health. In fact, he's already breathing fire, putting him far ahead of the other dragons of his age.
The best thing about this hilarious baby cosplay is his fantastic facial expression that seems to say "What? I'm a dragon? When did this happen?" Let's just hope he doesn't let his fire go out of control while he tries to get a hold on his surprise.
Danny Keefe, a 6-year-old boy at the Mitchell Elementary School in Bridgewater, Massachussetts, is disabled because of a brain hemorrhage at birth and has a speech impediment problem.
Regardless, Danny is a cheerful - and dapper - water boy for his Bridgewater Badgers peewee football team. We say "dapper" because Danny always wear a suit and tie, as well as a fedora, to school.
The football team's coach always remind the team that they're a "Band of Brothers," and that despite his disability, Danny is one of them and that they should treat him as an equal.
So, when the football team quarterback Tommy Cooney heard that Danny was getting bullied because of the way he speaks, he rallied the troop to do something: they arranged a "Danny Appreciation Day," where every boy in the team came to school dressed up like Danny.
Children can be mean, but these kids are awesome! Watch the video clip below by WCVB Channel 5 Boston that will reaffirm your faith in humanity:
First grade is tough. No more story circle. No more nap time.
Six-year-old Sophie Mullins, a first grade student at Gauley River Elementary in Craigsville, West Virginia, thought that she and her classmates were being overworked, so she did what any aggrieved constituent would do: she wrote a letter to her State Senator Joe Manchin.
Sophie got the idea from her father, who suggested that she wrote her State Senator with her grievances. "She'd say, 'Daddy, there's so much work to do, all we do is work,' and he said, 'Well, you need to write your congressman,' " Sophie's mother Sarah Mullins told WSAZ.
"Dear Sir," the young Ms. Mullins wrote, "All we do is work, work, work. I need a break. Can you please help?"
Manchin, ever concerned about his constitutents' well being, picked up the phone and called Sophie at school:
"You're working all the time, aren't you?" asked Manchin in the videotaped call that his office posted on YouTube. "So what I'm doing is, see, I'm giving you a break right now. I wanted you to take a little bit of time off since you worked so hard."
"If you work hard, it's going to pay off," Manchin said, urging her to "keep working hard on your studies so you get smarter so you can help us."
The call only lasted a few minutes, but Sophie's mother told WSAZ that it was important to Sophie, who said "Yes, I wrote a letter and talked to people, and the senator listened to me."
See? Calling your representative works! Though I hate to tell ya, kid, get used to it: work doesn't get any better when you're grown up.
Ward Miles was born three and a half months premature. You'll first see him at four days old, the first time his mama Lyndsey got the chance to hold him. You can see her joy, fear, and sadness all at once as she cradles her super tiny son who is covered with tubes and monitors. But Ward was a fighter, and came home from the NICU a few months later, near his original due date (and on his mother's birthday). You can read more of his story at HuffPo.
Nathan Yau at Flowing Data crunched lot of numbers when researching what to name his son. One of the projects that interested him was the regionality of baby-naming. We've seen a breakdown of the most popular names through time by state (boys and girls), but most of those names were also the most popular names nationwide. Yau took a look at the names that were significantly more popular in certain areas of the US than they were in other areas -and mapped them. The graphic here shows some of the more regional names for children born in the 1960s (but not all of them). There are many more graphics at Flowing Data, for each decade since the '60s and for 2012, too. -via Laughing Squid
It was only the second time through this comic from Lunarbaboon that I saw the eyebrows and the time-shift, which makes it a lot more meaningful. Your outlook on everything is changed when, as someone once told me "your heart is now walking around outside of you." In some instances, it makes you braver than you ever thought you could be.
Taranza Mckelvin is only 5 years old, but he can work the field like a professional. Since he first saw a marching band, he’s been committed to learning the drum major’s craft. He started practicing with the band of Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. On Saturday, he made his drum major debut at the Muck Bowl—the biggest football game in the Everglades region.
Charles Moorer, the band director, was tremendously pleased:
"He catches on a lot faster than most of my students, he's a very unique kid," said Charles Moorer. [...]
"He did his performance and the crowd just loved it," said Moorer.
As you can see from the above video, they had good reason to.
Teaching fractions can be easier if you start with something a child is familiar with, like LEGO bricks. This introductory lesson is only good for the simplest fractions fractions based on a total of eight pips, but those are the ones they'll be using the rest of their lives to calculate parts of dollars and gallons (in America, that is). Seems like a genius idea to me, but I've never had LEGO bricks. Is this something schools and parents have been doing all along? -via Geeks Are Sexy
We showed you a few pictures of Batkid's big adventure in Gotham City yesterday. Today you get a better look, because the San Francisco Chronicle put together a video that shows some of the highlights of 5-year-old Miles Scott's day saving the city, plus some background on Miles' story, and what the Make-A-Wish Foundation wanted to do for him. -via Digg
Miles Scott is a 5-year-old boy who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, diagnosed when he was only 18 months old. The Make-A-Wish Foundation found out what Miles' dream was -he wanted to be Batman. So they made it happen!
With the help of thousands of volunteers, they transformed San Francisco into Gotham City, and asked Miles to save their city from various super villains and criminals. Today was the day. Accompanied by a full-size Batman, Miles saved a damsel in distress, rode in the Batmobile, rescued the San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal, foiled the Penguin and the Riddler, and even received the key to the city from the mayor. All accompanied by the cheers of thousands of fans, many who wore Batkid t-shirts that were sold with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Miles received his last round of chemotherapy in June, and his cancer is in remission.
Sure you know your birthday, but do you know what the hour and minute you were born? Remembering those details won't be a problem for Nicollette Brynn Anders. She was born on 11/12/13 at 14:15 military time (2:15 pm).
"That just when she happened to come," said father Mark Anders of Missoula, western Montana, to the Missoulian, "It wasn't planned. She just ... did it."
Kim Briggeman of The Missoulian has the full story. (Photo: Michael Gallacher/Missoulian).
Note: Believe it or not, according to the Missoulian, Nicollette wasn't the first baby to be born on 11/12/13, 14:15 - there are at least two others in the United States: David Cole Salvagnini in Grande Prairie, Texas, and an unidentified baby in Omaha, Nebraska.
Look at these adorable new babies! They are twins, but obviously not identical, as one has a full head of hair. Watch them snuggle with each other as they get a therapeutic bath called the Thalasso Baby Bath (Thalasso Bain Bébé), a technique developed by French pediatric nurse Sonia Rochel. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The child may not be a precise artist, but he understood exactly what he was trying to create when he drew his grandmother. Yoni Lefevre, a designer in the Netherlands, asked children to draw pictures of their grandparents. Then, with props and costumes, she made those drawings come to life in photographs. You can see more works in the series here.
I haven't heard much about the Akron Comic Con. Even so, I'm willing to bet this group, photographed by Thomas Zahler, is the best family costume from the entire convention. The stroller sort of reminds me of that Jungle Cruise stroller we saw back in July, only this time, the whole family got into the act with a proud Leia and Han showing off their adorable little ewok baby -hey, Leia loved the ewoks, there's no reason she wouldn't adopt one whose parents were killed during the battle of Endor. I wonder how Chewie feels about this arrangement though.
Grant Snider of Incidental Comics is learning what its like to be a parent. In a year's time, you can become quite an expert on your baby. But then she becomes a toddler and your education starts all over again! We can take that to mean there we will see more such comics as his education continues. Just wait until the teenage years -that's a real laugh riot. Feel free to go tell Snider what he is in for next.
Action, adventure, romance and geekery, somehow the Star Wars theme song invokes all of these feelings -even in those too young to know the film itself. This little baby is either a born geek or the world's first true Jedi. In fact, he'll stop crying if you just play him the Star Wars theme song. I guess we'll know either way if he starts moving his mobile with his mind and convincing his mother that "this isn't the baby she's looking for" when it's bath time.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a rapidly growing sport in the United States. And it’s not just for adults. More than 3 million kids as young as 5 years old have participated, too. The kids engage in full-contact fighting with minimal protective gear—just thin gloves and mouthguards. Sebastian Montalvo, a photographer and journalist in New York City, toured children’s MMA events and captured images of them. You can view a slideshow of them here.
I did a bit of capoeira and boxing back in college. The latter was far, far more practical than the former. When my daughters are old enough, I’ll encourage them to study some sort of practical martial art. MMA seems to resemble realistic brawling, so it may be a good choice.
Jimmy Kimmel interviews five-year-old Arden Hayes, who gained fame by knowing everything there is to know about U.S. presidents. He showed off that knowledge on Jimmy Kimmel Live!once before. Now he's learned all the countries of the world plus their capitals. And their histories. Really, can you name all the countries that made up the former Yugoslavia? -via Viral Viral Videos
PS: Here's a funny moment edited out of the above video, in which Arden turns down a sponsor's gift because he's holding out for the competitor's product! -via reddit
When you love your little angel with all of your hearts, you want to make sure she gets plenty of sleep and that she learns to love the best things in life. With this great Doctor Who mobile, you can help her do both by helping her to dream of delightful Time Lords, TARDIS and companions while she sleeps soundly under the watchful eye of The Doctor.
This great mobile belongs to some friends of UTLVRev1312, who bought the mobile on Etsy. As if this wasn't all geeky enough, the baby's name happens to be Amelia, though I assume her last name isn't Pond.