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4 toys to give kids a head start in STEM without screen time

Image: Bob Al-Greene / mashable Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Buzzwords like “STEM” and “STEAM” are everywhere these days. When it comes to educating young minds, learning these skills — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — can help prepare budding minds for the future workforce. More specifically, coding…

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Play fetch and crawl through tunnels in this dog-inspired bootcamp

Dogs and babies like peanut butter and chocolate: always a winning combination. It’s a point proven to be true yet again by this adorable video shared to Twitter, Tuesday. In this video from photojournalist Chad Nelson captured by a friend, his young son plays fetch with a high-energy pup, despite the fence dividing them from one another. SEE ALSO: Very good doggo interrupts minor league baseball game for some fetch “A fence can’t stop my two-year-old from playing with his new best friend,” Nelson tweeted.

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Playing pool with this trusty augmented reality projector should be the only way it’s done from now on

A family may be responsible for a pricey statue their child knocked it over at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. According to Sarah Goodman, the child’s mother, the incident occurred last month at a wedding reception, local outlet KSHB reports.  SEE ALSO: This daughter’s optical illusion went so viral even her mom recreated it A security cam captured the whole thing, and shows the kid hug the statue before walking away. The child later returns to the statue, and appears to hang onto it. The statue…

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30+ Fun Photos Of My Family That I Took To Fight Boredom

My name is Kate Weiland. I’m a happy mother of three kids and the creator behind the delicious (and totally ridiculous) photography food series Our family bites (#ourfamilybites). I’ve always been a massive supporter of the fine arts and having taught Drama and Dance for many years, I was eager to get into the photography side of things. The forced perspective photography technique has been especially interesting to me – I knew it would be fun to start a series where our family could look back and just have a…

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The 5 Neighbor Kids Who Drink From The Birdbath In My Backyard, Ranked By Whether It Seems Like Theyre Doing It For Fun Or Survival

I have a beautiful birdbath in my backyard that my husband and I enjoy tending to very much. Several children in the neighborhood have begun drinking from it regularly. Here’s a list of all the kids who have been drinking out of my birdbath, ranked by whether it seems like they’re doing it for fun or survival. 5. Danny Taylor There’s no doubt in my mind that Danny Taylor drinks from my birdbath for fun. He’s all laughs and giggles every day after school as he dashes down the street…

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Sony apologises for making light of food allergies in ‘Peter Rabbit’

Sony Pictures and the Peter Rabbit filmmakershave apologised for making light of allergies following calls to boycott the movie, which hit U.S. cinemas over the weekend.  SEE ALSO: James Corden will get the ‘Peter Rabbit’ movie hopping at Sony A scene in the new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic shows character Tom McGregor, who’s allergic to blackberries, being pelted with the berries by Peter and his friends. One of the berries lands in Tom’s mouth, and he has to use an EpiPen to treat his allergic reaction.  The scene prompted…

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Probably Bullshit But Still A Little Scary: Ethan Is Claiming That His Super Soaker Is Filled With Pee

Tensions are rising over in Brian’s backyard, and you better believe that it’s all thanks to the king of big talk himself, Ethan Hutchinson. Ethan just started blasting everyone with a Super Soaker and is claiming that it’s filled with piss, even though it’s probably not—but still, it’s impossible to be 100 percent sure. Everyone knows Ethan is full of shit, but at the same time, he’s kind of nuts, so it’s tough to put something like this past him. It was all smooth sailing over at Brian’s until around…

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What Is A Good Gift For My Very Serious Nephew?

This joyless boy’s a mystery to me. Our state-of-the-art quizzes require JavaScript. 1. My nephew is a grave, grim boy who takes weekly oatmeal baths, writes trivia cards for no one, and dreams of designing a superior cigarette. Next week, he turns 12. What do you get a boy like that? A sober boy will go wild for shares of Quest Diagnostics stock. Spoil him rotten with a book of carpet samples. 2. In the past, I’ve bought him monochrome jigsaws, a model kit of the RMS Lusitania, and a…

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Its Your First Day At A New High School. Can You Become Popular?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Take a deep breath and march boldly through the front door. Go lie down on the grass instead. Wow, school. The place where knowledge happens. How exciting it is to be in your new stomping grounds. You’ve been told to go to the atrium, where your orientation buddy will be waiting to show you around the school. Go inside high school. “Are you Kevin? It is me, Ormul, your orientation buddy!” he says. “The school has chosen me to be your new best friend.…

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Your Parents Are Going Out Of Town. Host The Party Of The Year!

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Hell yes. Knowledge is power, and power is everything. BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! screams your clock again, but later now. Does it hate you? Yes. Anyway, probably time to get up, right? Keep hitting snooze. You keep hitting snooze, and eventually, your clock gives up, because humans will always beat machines in the end. You sleep for a long, long time. You dream about gliding over a small island nation ruled by batteries, and about French-kissing your cousin with the two lazy eyes. You manage…

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