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Stuff ’80s Kids Used to Do

Stuff ’80s Kids Used to Do

Kids who grew up in the 1980s had some very different experiences than 21st-century kids. This video from Rhetty for History looks back at what youngsters did for fun, how dangerous playgrounds and cars used to be, and the primitive state of technology compared to things we take for granted today.

SWIPE

SWIPE

As teenagers, we all felt peer pressure at one time or another. Anthony Sneed’s lighthearted short film SWIPE explores the consequences of giving in. After a boy’s friends push him to shoplift from a convenience store, he gets taught a valuable life lesson.

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DIY Color Igloo

DIY Color Igloo

Here’s a fun family project if you live somewhere the temperature stays below freezing for days on end. The ABC Allred Family shows us how easy it is to build your own backyard igloo from blocks of ice and a dash of food coloring for extra flair. You can make the ice bricks in aluminum foil trays and then cement them together with a mixture of snow and cold water.

Bonehead Folding Comb + Brush

Bonehead Folding Comb + Brush
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Can’t get your kids to comb their hair? This might help. Fred’s Bonehead comb and brush combo folds up to look like a dinosaur’s skull. Open its jaws and let it chomp down on hair to remove tangles, so your kiddo doesn’t look like an unkempt caveman anymore. Made from durable but flexible ABS plastic.

Wonka (Trailer)

Wonka (Trailer)

Timothée Chalamet stars as a young Willy Wonka in this origin story of Roald Dahl’s enigmatic and inventive chocolatier. With Paddington’s writer/director Paul King at the helm of this star-studded spectacle, it’ll be the family-friendly film to see this holiday season. In theaters 12.15.23.

LEGO How We Create Inspiration Deck

LEGO How We Create Inspiration Deck
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The LEGO How We Create deck was created by builders, designers, and other LEGO team members to help inspire creative thought. It includes 78 cards featuring images of LEGO bricks, quotes, and building prompts. The deck is divided into five categories – Motivation, Inspiration, Memories & Mentors, Challenges & Obstacles, and LEGO Core Values.

PlanetBox Rover Stainless Steel Lunchbox

PlanetBox Rover Stainless Steel Lunchbox
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We’d be happy to carry our lunch to the office in this unique lunchbox, which keeps foods neatly arranged into five serving compartments. A metal clip securely holds its lid closed, and its stainless steel construction resists odors and is non-toxic. Kids and adults can make it their own with one of PlanetBox’s colorful carry bags and magnet kits.

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What Saturday Morning TV Was Like from 1964 to 1976

What Saturday Morning TV Was Like from 1964 to 1976

For many, the 1960 and 1970s are considered the golden age of Saturday morning television. The era gave us weird, wild, and memorable shows like H.R. Pufnstuf, Scooby Doo, and the original Spider-Man cartoon. Johnnyboy792 shared this time capsule of TV shows and commercials that’ll bring back fond memories to Gen-Xers and younger Boomers.

Inland Iglu Home Igloo Maker

Inland Iglu Home Igloo Maker

Looking for something fun to do with the kids when it’s below-freezing outside? Inland Iglu helps you build a backyard winter fort. Just set up the frame, connect a garden hose, and its mesh will catch mist from the water and freeze into a sturdy ice shell. They also make smaller versions in rocket, castle, and pirate ship shapes.

(Richard Donner is) Forever Young

(Richard Donner is) Forever Young

Bored at home during the 2020 lockdowns Michel + Nico, decided to make a movie with their sons Sacha + Robinson. The result is this wonderful short about kids dreaming up their own action-adventure flick. The title pays tribute to The Goonies and Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner. A must-watch for film buffs.

Blok 33 Collection Wristwatches

Blok 33 Collection Wristwatches
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The brainchild of Discommon’s Neil Ferriar, Blok is a cool analog watch that Ferriar calls the first “proper Swiss watch for kids.” We call it a gateway to Rolex collecting thanks to its timeless design, ETA quartz movement, anti-shock mechanism, 33 mm plant-based case, 100 M water resistance, 10-year battery, and unique rotating bezel.

Reanimating Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Reanimating Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The animation in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse was both groundbreaking and breathtaking. Pinot W. Ichwandardi and his family worked together to painstakingly recreate sequences from the film using traditional animation and through-the-lens compositing techniques. The result is both impressive and charming.

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Corn Boy Gets a Song

Corn Boy Gets a Song

During an interview with Julian Shapiro-Barnum of Recess Therapy, a seven-year-old boy named Tariq charmed the entire world with his enthusiasm for corn on the cob. Now this viral video has been transformed into a song by schmoyoho, aka The Gregory Brothers. We can’t imagine a more beautiful thing.

Pitching Offensive Kids’ Toys

Pitching Offensive Kids’ Toys

The guys at Corridor Crew thought it was time to expand their repertoire beyond being VFX artists and into product design. So they came up with the idea of creating a line of toys that nobody in their right mind would put into production. Then they pitched their concepts to a group of similarly fake investors.

ZIPIT Grillz Pencil Case

ZIPIT Grillz Pencil Case
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Made from a single long zipper, this goofy-looking case keeps watch over your pens, pencils, and other small items. Its big shiny teeth are ready to chomp down on anyone who would dare reach inside without your permission. Choose from black, blue, pink, purple, lilac, or red monsters.

Synchronized Basketball Dribbling

Synchronized Basketball Dribbling

If you’ve ever seen a grade school dance routine, you know how hard it is to get kids to move in sync. But these little girls have been taught not only how to dribble two basketballs without losing them, but to do it in perfect time with their classmates while performing a choreographed routine.

Paper Rain

Paper Rain

To celebrate the end of the school year, Basha High School in Chandler, AZ has a ceremonial Paper Toss, where graduating Seniors take all of their papers from the past four years and drop them down the stairs. If this video proves anything, it’s that we’re using way too much paper when everything could be digital.

BioShock: The High School Musical

BioShock: The High School Musical

A group of students from John Burroughs High School performed a musical inspired by Rapture, the dystopian undersea world of BioShock. The connections to the game’s plot are loose at best, but the Powerhouse choir took home multiple awards in the Hart Encore 2022 show choir competition for their performance.

Green Goblin Kid Cosplay

Green Goblin Kid Cosplay

To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Logan Winter Dominic’s dad built him the ultimate Green Goblin costume. The creepy helmet and body armor are spot-on, but it’s the hoverboard modded to look like the Goblin Glider that takes it to the next level.

Parenting Performance Pack

Parenting Performance Pack
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Designed for dads, Beau Industries’ Parenting Pack R1 is a diaper bag that doesn’t look like one. Built to last long past the diapering stage, the versatile, non-toxic bag doubles as a work tote or trail backpack. Includes a cushy changing pad, wipes pocket, protective laptop, device pockets, and insulated accessory pouches.

Off-Road Car Twin Bed

Off-Road Car Twin Bed
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Got an aspiring little off-roader in your house? Your kid will be the coolest in the neighborhood with this awesome bed that looks ready to hit the trails. The twin-sized bed has a Jeep-inspired design and features a steel roll cage with grab bars and chunky off-road tires. Its angled headboard is padded for safety.

BattleBunk Gaming Bunk Bed

BattleBunk Gaming Bunk Bed
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X Rocker’s combination computer desk and bunk bed is the perfect piece of furniture for a kid’s room or if you’re just short on space. Its lower tier has room for a complete gaming PC with dual monitors, a large 77.5″ x 35″ desk surface, and a shelf for displaying collectibles. Its twin-sized bed holds up to 220 pounds.

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments

Burger + Fries Musical Instruments
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Made by Japanese toy company Kiko+ and gg, this beechwood burger and fries are designed for kids, but we’d be happy to play with our food too. The cheeseburger clacks like a castanet, while the fries make the sounds of maracas. We want one of their telephones for our desk too.

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