Dad recreates theme park rollercoaster for son, six, using laundry basket after their day out was cancelled

While it is an important measure to keep the UK safe, the coronavirus lockdown has thrown many family plans into disarray.

One little boy called Joshua was left devastated when an upcoming trip to Chessington World of Adventures was called off due to the pandemic.

However, his genius dad, Dave, decided to cheer him up by recreating one of the theme park’s rollercoasters in their living room.

He used a laundry basket to use as a seat for his son, and twisted and turned it in front of their TV which was playing footage showing the spine-tingling path of a ride.

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Joshua’s mum Kayleigh filmed his delighted reaction and posted the uplifting video to Facebook group ‘Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK’.

She explained: “We take our boys to Chessington every year and obviously couldn’t this year.

“So my husband, being the star he is, came up with this.”

Dave also gave their other sons, Jaxon, four, and Kimi, two, a ride as well.

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Kayleigh added: “We have three boys so he’s getting a bit of a workout.”

She captioned the post - viewed more than 21,000 times - with: “When you can’t go to the theme parks bring the rollercoasters to your home.”

It proved popular, with more than 140 people leaving ‘likes’.

One person commented: “Brilliant!”

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Another wrote: “Made me laugh so hard!!”

A third shared: “Need to do this.”

It comes as parents having been digging out their Christmas trees and decorating them for Easter in an effort to cheer their kids up.

Louise Connolly, 34, usually dresses the garden up for an egg hunt, but thought she'd go one step further and the popular festive centrepiece out the cellar.

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The mum said she decorated it with son Arthur, six, and daughter Iris, four, to entertain them and make the house more cheerful.

She's one of a whole host of people putting up Christmas trees and covering them with season-appropriate Easter eggs, bunny ears, yellow chicks and spring flowers.

The health, safety and quality officer from Runcorn in Cheshire, said: "I always decorate the garden for a big Easter egg hunt - we love Easter!

"But given the current situation and the craziness of it all, I thought we'd try and cheer the house up a little bit, because we're all stuck here for the foreseeable future.

"And it gave the kids something to do.

"They thought it was hilarious! I just want to make this time memorable for them in nice ways."