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    All the kids

    All the kids packed their bags themselves.

    All the kids have packed their bags themselves.

    What's the difference between these sentences?

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    #2

    Re: All the kids

    There might be a difference between the the two sentences, but without context I can't be sure.

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    Re: All the kids

    As Tarheel suggested, context would dictate which one is appropriate. They are both grammatically correct. The simple answer to your question is that the first sentence uses the simple past and the second uses the present perfect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: All the kids

    The second has some connection or relevance to present time, which the first doesn't.

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