Burger and fries meets arts and crafts.

By Tim Nelson
Updated April 22, 2020
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McDonald’s is still around during the pandemic, but it’s a little harder to come by. Getting some requires venturing out into the world for a takeout or drive-thru order, or else planning ahead for some delivery. That’s not to mention the ethical dilemma posed by various strikes in some pockets of the country as workers demand greater pay and protections to cope with a dangerous, even deadly working climate.

Well, the good news is that you can recreate the magical experience of a Happy Meal while providing your kids with an arts and crafts project if you happen to know where to look. And as it turns out, there’s an existing template on the McDonald’s website that can be used to create your own approximation of a Happy Meal box.

So if you’re sitting at home with a computer printer and some thick paper, fire it up and turn this cutting and folding exercise into a chance to recreate the experience of feeding fast food to your children. As long as you can keep a close eye on who’s wielding the scissors, you can even let them participate in the construction.

This DIY happy meal kit joins the Sausage & Egg McMuffin among the ranks of “things McDonald’s will let you create for yourself under quarantine. The company doesn’t seem to have given away any burger secrets just yet, you can throw a cheeseburger in this thing and your kids won’t even know the difference.

So while not every quarantined parent has the time or the energy to recreate their own at-home drive-thru, this little project should at least somewhat fill the void for fast-food deprived children. And if they question what you’ve served them within that happy meal container, just let them know that prices and participation may vary.