McDonald’s release Happy Meal box template after celebs like Stacey Solomon make DIY versions of fast food

McDonald's may be closed due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown and has most certainly has been on the minds of many fans unable to get their fix.

Now however, the fast food chain has made it a little easier for young fans by giving them something to enjoy – after celebrities like Stacey Solomon and Coronation Street's Alan Halsall shared their own DIY attempts at copying the meals.

The company have released the template to their Happy Meal boxes so that families can recreate the authentic experience of eating out without having to leave their homes.

Along with the launch of a 'Family Fun Hub' on their site, McDonald's uploaded the Happy Meal box template which families can download and print at home.

Children will need the help of a parent to construct the box, which usually comes in a red and yellow coloured card, so that they can truly feel like they're back in the fast food giant.

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Obviously with the closures it's impossible to get your hands on their famous chicken nuggets or cheeseburgers to go inside, but crafty parents can do their best to come up with their own versions.

Just like Stacey Solomon who whipped up the "last day of school treat" as the Easter holidays arrived two weeks ago.

The Loose Women host explained to her followers that usually when her two eldest son Zachary, 12, and Leighton, seven, finished a term she would take them to McDonald's.

But following the government guidelines on lockdown, Stacey improvised and made her own homemade version of chicken nuggets and chips.

The mum-of-three, who also shares 11-month-old son Rex with Joe Swash, even attempted to make some McDonald's boxes for the food to go in.

After showing off her finished meal she wrote: "'I know they're not great. But the boys are soo happy right now! They've not long come back and they're laughing so much, so it was worth it."

Stacey wasn't the only one improvising without McDonald's during lockdown, soap star Alan Halsall also made an effort for his daughter Sienna by making a 'McDaddy's'.

In his version of a Happy Meal, he had put chips in a little paper bag and some chicken dippers in a cardboard tray complete with a small pot of Heinz Ketchup, a toy and a Robinsons Fruit Shoot.

"Sienna wanted McDonald's…" he wrote showing off his impressive results.

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The release of the Happy Meal template comes after Christine McGuinness spoke about her own struggle of missing McDonald's as it is one of the "safe" foods her three autistic children will eat.

The mum to twins Penelope and Leo, six, and Felicity, four, explained in an emotional Instagram post that two of her children were "barely eating".

Posting an old photograph of McDonald’s Happy Meals, drinks and a branded food bag sitting on a car seat she wrote: "I never thought I would wish for fast food for my children but as I expected the changes have affected them and two of my children are barely eating, it’s been like this for over 3 weeks now."

Paddy McGuinness' wife then explained: "This is not ‘fussy eaters’ this is down to struggling with change, massive change in their little lives. I know we are not alone, I’ve had so many messages about McDs!"

Giving a shout out to some of her 388,000 Instagram followers who are also parents to children with autism, she said: “If you know, you know.. McDs is a ‘safe’ food, it always looks the same, it tastes the same, the texture and smell is always the same.. and it’s beige and dry,” followed by a praying emoji, OK emoji, laughing emoji and red heart emoji.

She then ended the caption on her post with: “sending love if you are in the same situation right now! #Autism #RestrictedDiet #McDonalds #BeigeFood #SensoryFood #DryFood”.

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