Kids Who Cooked Up Some Pretty Nifty Life Hacks

Sometimes the best ideas come from the most unusual places. All of the kids on this list know the value of working smarter, not harder. Their brains work in strange and mysterious ways, and through their genius, they managed to come up with some life hacks that might save us all a bit of extra time and effort.

Keep reading to see some kids who really have it all figured out. We are seriously impressed with each and every one of them.

Watch Shows Hands-Free

kid under cardboard box watching phone
Photo Credit: @nutrition_nut_kerry / Instagram
Photo Credit: @nutrition_nut_kerry / Instagram

This kid figured out that if he cut a hole in a box and put his phone on top of that hole, he could create his own private mini cinema.

A Room Fit For A Cat

cat bed made out of cardboard box
Photo Credit: tressea / Reddit
Photo Credit: tressea / Reddit

Here’s another cardboard box hack. This kid figured out how to turn a cardboard box into a lovely hideaway for his cat. Pinkie’s loving her new digs. She looks so comfy in there.

Tic Tac Toe

tic tac toe with pinecones, leaves, and twigs
Photo Credit: @tory_leigh / Instagram
Photo Credit: @tory_leigh / Instagram

This kid designed his own tic tac toe game using nothing but twigs, leaves, and pine cones. This is a new level of innovation, and we are totally here for it.

A Delicious Caprese Salad

mini caprese salads
Photo Credit: @troisfils / Instagram
Photo Credit: @troisfils / Instagram

This kid seems to be a chef in the making. She figured out how to make little Caprese salads on skewers, and they honestly look super delicious. I might just make this for lunch today…

A Multi-Terrain Vehicle

toy car with water wings on tires
Photo Credit: @lynxatron / Instagram
Photo Credit: @lynxatron / Instagram

Okay, we’re not sure if this hack is actually going to work, but this kid is definitely thinking in the right direction. Putting water wings on a truck might just get it to float.

No More Mess

pet food bowl taped to floor
Photo Credit: justanaturalmom / Reddit
Photo Credit: justanaturalmom / Reddit

This kid was getting tired of his dog spilling food everywhere every time he ate, so he came up with this contraption to help his dog stay a little bit neater.

A Tiny Head

dinosaur toy with small head and big body
Photo Credit: Mademoiselle_Va / Reddit
Photo Credit: Mademoiselle_Va / Reddit

This kid got one of those dinosaur toys that grows when you put it in water. Only, he didn’t have a container big enough for the whole toy, so the dinosaur’s body grew while his head stayed small. Sometimes a happy accident is also a life hack in disguise—this is so much cooler than if he’d done it right.

A Phone Stand

phone stand made out of cardboard tube
Photo Credit: Imgur
Photo Credit: Imgur

This kid figured out a way to make a phone stand using an empty paper towel roll and two paper cups. It looks like it’s actually functioning. We’re super impressed.

A More Comfortable Swing

kid on swing with plastic stool over the seat
Photo Credit: @heidi_leanne84 / Instagram
Photo Credit: @heidi_leanne84 / Instagram

This girl was getting fed up with her swing digging into her legs every time she used it, so she got creative and brought in some extra support in the form of a plastic stool.

Two Top Bunks

kids on double bunk bed
Photo Credit: @deadtreefallingdown / Instagram
Photo Credit: @deadtreefallingdown / Instagram

These kids got bunk beds, but naturally, they couldn’t decide on who got to sleep on the top bunk. That’s why their dad modified the beds and created this double top bunk.

A Recycled Drum Set

kid drumming on containers
Photo Credit: @demetrifontinatos / Instagram
Photo Credit: @demetrifontinatos / Instagram

This kid found a bunch of cylindrical containers and tubs around his house and used them to make his very own drum set. He’s pretty good at staying on beat.

A Snack Necklace

girl with lanyard through plastic bag of snacks
Photo Credit: @cassinnova / Instagram
Photo Credit: @cassinnova / Instagram

This girl wanted to have her snacks with her on the go, but she didn’t want to carry them around. That’s why she came up with this snack necklace idea.

The Best View

kid watching ipad under glass table
Photo Credit: @firstmomsclub / Instagram
Photo Credit: @firstmomsclub / Instagram

This kid must have collaborated with that other kid who watched things on his phone from under a cardboard box. This glass table solution seems like the next evolution of that idea.

A Snack Opener

wipe plastic opening added to cheetoss bag
Photo Credit: @justin.d.wolff / Instagram
Photo Credit: @justin.d.wolff / Instagram

This kid took the top of a wipe dispenser and put it into a bag of Cheetos for easy snack access. That’s a great way to keep your hand from getting super cheesy (although some cheese dust on your fingers is inevitable).

A Gift For Mom

present wrapped in duct tape
Photo Credit: @ashleyrehermanphotography / Instagram
Photo Credit: @ashleyrehermanphotography / Instagram

This kid wrapped a Christmas gift from her mom using duct tape. It’s a lot easier than fussing with wrapping paper, but it’s also a lot harder to open.

A Card Stand

girl using hairbrush as a card stand
Photo Credit: @hissyfit_inc / Instagram
Photo Credit: @hissyfit_inc / Instagram

This girl figured out how she could use a hairbrush to hold all of her Uno cards for her. Why didn’t I think of this? Who wants to have a handful of cards all the time?

A Makeshift Salt Shaker

plastic pod container turned into a salt shaker
Photo Credit: @brwcarnymom / Instagram
Photo Credit: @brwcarnymom / Instagram

This kid found a way to turn a plastic pod into a salt shaker. He basically just poked holes in the lid and put salt inside of it. Still, it’s nice to see that he’s thinking outside of the box.

Six Feet Apart

kid holding a hula hoop with pool noodles attached to it
Photo Credit: @goldi_rocks / Instagram
Photo Credit: @goldi_rocks / Instagram

During the dumpster fire known as 2020, we were all told to stand six feet apart at all times. That’s why this kid invented a contraption that would help him stay away from other people.

How To Eat Snacks In The Pool

kid in swimming pool eating snacks out of boat toy
Photo Credit: @fratbathroom / Twitter
Photo Credit: @fratbathroom / Twitter

This kid figured out a way that he could eat snacks while he’s swimming. He just put all of his snacks in a toy boat. Aren’t you supposed to wait a bit before going back in the water after you eat, though?

A Lego Kindle Holder

kindle holder made out of lego
Photo Credit: @carvergirlofthepnw / Instagram
Photo Credit: @carvergirlofthepnw / Instagram

This kid put her creative mind to work and came up with this Lego Kindle holder design for her mom. This thing might actually come in handy. I might have to make myself something similar.

They Made Their Own Pool

kids make pool in back of truck
Photo Credit: @ladysushichef / Instagram
Photo Credit: @ladysushichef / Instagram

It was super hot outside, so these kids decided to make their own swimming pool by putting a tarp down in the bed of a truck and filling it with water.

Homemade Tongs

tongs made with two forks and a binder clip
Photo Credit: @mandeesuch / Instagram
Photo Credit: @mandeesuch / Instagram

This kid was able to make her own tongs using two forks, a binder clip, and some duct tape. It may not be the most elegant utensil in the world, but hey, it works.

A Freeze Pop Hand Warmer

fabric wrapped around freezie
Photo Credit: @bradleyscreations78 Instagram
Photo Credit: @bradleyscreations78 Instagram

Freeze pops are delicious, but your hands can get pretty cold while you’re eating them. That’s why this kid came up with a hand warmer that you can put around your frozen treats.

Eat Your Snack On The Go

kid walking dog with cup on his belt
Photo Credit: @becomingthebestyouwithjulie / Instagram
Photo Credit: @becomingthebestyouwithjulie / Instagram

This kid loves walking his dog, but he also likes eating snacks while he’s out on a walk. When his hands are occupied with a dog leash, he puts a cup of snacks around his waist so he can still eat whenever he gets hungry.

A Play-Doh Hack

play doh as doll's dress
Photo Credit: @gennyjav Instagram
Photo Credit: @gennyjav Instagram

Don’t have a bunch of clothes for your dolls? No problem. You can just use Play-Doh. This girl made a beautiful blue dress for her Ariel doll using the squishy stuff.

Secret Snacking

cheese stick in lip balm tube
Photo Credit: @valeriehahn / Twitter
Photo Credit: @valeriehahn / Twitter

This girl wanted to be able to eat cheese in class without being noticed, so she stuck her cheese stick into an empty lip balm tube. She must get some weird looks when she takes a bite out of her “lip balm.”

No More Spoon Slippage

spoon taped to clothespin on side of bowl
Photo Credit: @redraccoonyt / Instagram
Photo Credit: @redraccoonyt / Instagram

This kid stuck her spoon to a clothespin and then clipped that clothespin onto the side of her cereal bowl so she wouldn’t keep losing her spoon in the milk.

Two Cones Are Cleaner Than One

girl eating two ice cream cones joined together
Photo Credit: @creative.elly / Instagram
Photo Credit: @creative.elly / Instagram

This girl figured out that most ice cream shops will give you a second cone for free if you ask for one, and then you can eat your ice cream like a cone sandwich.

A Pet Rock

pet rock
Photo Credit: @me_myworld_joy / Instagram
Photo Credit: @me_myworld_joy / Instagram

This kid made his very own pet rock by making a face on a pebble with some glue. If your mom won’t get you a dog, you have to make your own fun.

Here’s Looking At You, Ice Cream

face in ice cream
Photo Credit: @drheatherchiero / Instagram
Photo Credit: @drheatherchiero / Instagram

This kid wanted to make her tub of ice cream a little bit more fun, so she scooped a face out of it. Ice cream is already pretty cool, but this kid made it even cooler.