Two Boys, Age 5, Tunnel Out of Kindergarten to Go Buy a Jaguar


Best story of the week? Month? Year? And I’m just talking about the parents! Get a load of this:

MOSCOW, eeaazeybre
Sept 8, 2015:

Two five-year-old Russian boys used spades to dig their way out of their kindergarten and set off on a mission to buy a Jaguar sports car, Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported Tuesday.

The two boys disappeared as their group took part in a supervised walk in the grounds of the kindergarten in the city of Magnitogorsk in the Urals region, the tabloid reported.

Chelyabinsk regional interior ministry confirmed the boys’ escape from kindergarten to AFP.

“We don’t have any details yet, we can only confirm the fact itself,” a spokesman told AFP, adding that the incident took place several days ago.

After reaching freedom, the boys walked two kilometres to a car showroom selling luxury cars.

A female driver noticed the unaccompanied children and asked them what they were doing. They told her they had come from their kindergarten to buy a Jaguar but did not have any money.

The boys had planned their escape for a couple of days, which only goes to prove the point the point we were talking about just last week: Young kids don’t need to study “academic” subjects. Allow them to explore and they will learn far more than we could ever teach them!

And here’s the bit about the parents: Last heard they were not threatening the kindergarten with any kind of action. They get it: Tunnels happen!


"Those kids have the right idea!"

“Are you still thinking about those Russian kids?”


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20 Responses to Two Boys, Age 5, Tunnel Out of Kindergarten to Go Buy a Jaguar

  1. hineata September 9, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    What fun! And what purposeful kids! We were always trying to dig our way to China while in kindergarten. …never occurred to any of us to do something this practical ☺☺.

  2. SKL September 9, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    Totally sounds like something we would have done as kids. 😛

    My kids’ first grade teacher got very upset when she discovered what a plotter my kid was (around her 6th birthday). Granted, she didn’t always apply this talent to pure purposes. At one point she made and carried out an elaborate plan to get Smarties from the teacher’s desk. Teacher expressed that it made her *sick* to think she had such a schemer in her class – as if her personal security was no more. 😛 I was very dismayed at my kid’s choice, but also found it unbelievable that the veteran teacher and mother had apparently never seen such a child before.

  3. Rachael September 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    That’s awesome! Such creativity, resourcefulness and determination. I hope the adults involved don’t crush these kids. They have amazing potential!
    I was also among those trying to get to China. ☺️

  4. SanityAnyone? September 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm #


  5. En Passant September 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Nekulturny hooligans! Why want capitalist Jaguar? Why not nice Marussia B1 from Motherland?

    Вы дети получают от моего газона!

  6. EricS September 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    The only thing schools can teach you is reading, writing, science and math. Well, these days, you can learn all that in front of a computer. But what can’t be taught in schools, and clearly is NOT. Is common sense, logic, and reason. Schools also don’t teach compassion, resiliency, and perseverance. These, imo, are LIFE SKILLS. No one teaches life skills in school anymore (or life in general). In fact, many schools don’t even allow children to fail anymore. They get rewarded for doing nothing or the wrong things. No wonder we see a lot ill prepared/ignorant young adults these days.

    It still also kills me how people view kids these days. Back in the day, if adults saw children walking around on their own, no one really bats an eye. Except if were were doing something they didn’t like. ie. being too noisy, and running amok. They would set us straight when we did. And no one sued anyone. These days, everyone is in hysterics just seeing kids playing on their own in their front yard, or the sidewalk in front of their house selling lemonade and cookies. A sad generation for kids. Truly feel sorry for them, they are getting the raw deal because of stupid people.

    However, among the myriad of paranoia, there are still the level headed people like the parents of these kids. Digs happen. I’m much more impressed that they “planned” all that out. lol

  7. EricS September 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    @SKL: Back in elementary school, we came up with the most “elaborate” pranks. One time, a bunch of us decided to get back into class early from recess (teacher was either outside with the bell, or in the staff lounge). Then we’d work together to all the desks backwards, including the teacher’s. Or we would change seats to see if our teacher noticed. A couple of times, we turned the clock forward by one hour, so we got to leave early. This seriously worked. lol This was all ranging from the age of 6-10.

    It’s sad that schools don’t teach children to think outside of the box. Too much structure sometimes is detrimental. No room for growth. Somethings, children just need to learn on their own. We can only guide them. But the decision is theirs, so are the consequences.

  8. ELR September 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    A kindergarten teacher once told a story that happened in her school many years ago. Four kids went missing after morning recess. They were finally discovered along the road walking to the airport. They had planned a vacation together, borrowed their parents’ credit card, and were going to buy tickets.

  9. Papilio September 9, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    BRILLIANT. Just. Brilliant.

  10. Abigail September 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I just read this on another news site and LOVE it. Look at all the skills put to use in this scheme – just wonderful!

  11. Cassie September 10, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    When I was in primary school (Australia) we used to always jump the fence and go buy lollies at the shop next door.

    We also bought water pistols (tiny ones that came with a couple of lollies tied to them). Then of course we would have water fights until the water guns got confiscated and ended up on the staffroom fridge.

    Now we were always making up elaborate plans to get those waterguns back. The best way was to get yourself into enough trouble to be sent for a timeout in the staffroom…. alone with the waterguns!!

  12. sexhysteria September 10, 2015 at 3:21 am #

    A glorious jail-break by the innocently convicted!

  13. Helen Simmons September 10, 2015 at 4:11 am #

    Best story I’ve read.

  14. Emily Morris September 10, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    Love it!

    As an elementary teacher I must say it’s these kind of kids who steal your heart. Drive you batty, but steal your heart.

  15. Mommala September 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Hineata, we dug to China as kids too! LoL

  16. Eberhard September 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Looking forward for rules making reinforced concrete walls six feet deep for Kindergarten-gardens mandatory so such thing will never ever happen again!

  17. Fiddler'sWife September 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    What resourceful children! What excellent taste they have! What confidence in their credit rating!

    Now wouldn’t you think that someone might what to steal such remarkable boys? And that the community would be insanely over-protective of them? But not a word about that. The little lads were apparently treated with considerably more respect than the child twice their age who recently walked out of his classroom in Springfield, MO, a college town, to visit the restroom and just kept walking…

    Are Russian kindergartners smarter than American 5th graders? Or–more likely!–are Russian parents smarter than their counterparts in the USA?

    Oops! She didn’t say that, did she?!

    Just wondering.

  18. BPFH September 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    “Jaguars’ earlobes! Wolf-nipple chips, get ’em while they’re hot, they’re lovely.”

    I read the headline (though not the article) last night. Today, my thought was, it’s too bad they didn’t go out trying to buy a Panthera onca. 🙂

  19. neminem September 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Dang, Russia is freaking badass – where did they even find a guy who had a jaguar to sell, let alone to five year olds? And how did they think they were going to control… oh, you meant the *car* Jaguar. Title is a letdown.

  20. Lars Haeh September 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I dug a “J” shaped tunnel under a retaining wall in my grade-school yard. Took days, but it was in an unsupervised area, so I got away with it. When I was most of the way through, other kids discovered it and pitched in to help, but the extra activity brought attention of the teachers as well. Had a meeting with the principal with my parents and was informed it would cost several hundred dollars to repair. Said I could do it for much less, sadly they didn’t take me up on the offer.