5 Paw Patrol activities

Quick and simple fun, bound to keep tails wagging!

Written by Gabrielle Meredith-Elsworth

Admit it. At first, you didn’t want to like PAW Patrol. But these pups have stolen your kids’ hearts and yours too – and how can they not? They’re cute, they’re clever and they kick ass. Now they’re hitting the big screen in PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups.

If you’re one of the few reading this and thinking “Sorry PAW what?” then the gist of it is: a young boy and his pack of talking, crime-fighting dogs end up clearing up whatever problem has been caused by the town’s clumsy mayor and her pet chicken. The new big screen adventure takes up a similar premise but with the added excitement of a meteor that causes all the pups to develop superpowers.

Inevitably, you’ll end up in the cinema foyer arguing with your little ones about why they can’t have a packet of over-priced chocolate (as it would require re-mortgaging the house). In the meantime, here are 5 easy Paw-Patrol themed activities suitable for ages 2 and up.

1) Ready for action: Design your own PAW Patrol badge!

What you’ll need: pen, paper, colouring pencils or felt-tips

What to do:

On a piece of paper, draw a simple badge shape (see picture). Ask your kid to design their own special PAW Patrol badge. Can they say ‘PAW Patrol ready for action!’ too?

2) Pawsome treats: make bone and pawprint-shaped Rice Krispie cakes!

What you’ll need: butter, chocolate, Rice Krispies cereal

What to do:

1. Melt 45g of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
2. Add 300g chocolate and stir gently until the chocolate has melted, then turn off the heat.
3. Add 180g of Rice Krispies to the mixture and mix.
4. Mould the mixture into bone shapes and let the shapes cool completely. It should only take around 15 minutes so time for a well-deserved cup of tea!
5. Time to enjoy! Use them as treats for saving the day (or just for doing as they’re told!).

3) NO JOB TOO BIG: tidying up, PAW Patrol style!

What you’ll need: a messy room (probably not too hard to come by!)

What to do:

Get your little one to help tidy some mess by pretending it’s a PAW Patrol mission! Could Adventure Bay (aka their bedroom) have been hit by a bad storm and they need to clear away the damage?

4) Doggy dress-up: a simple way to PAW Patrol-ify your child!

What you’ll need: paper, pens, headband/clips/grips

What to do:

1. Cut out floppy ear shapes from some plain paper.
2. Get your child to add some spots.
3. Secure the ears to their head, either by gluing them to a headband or by using clips and grips.

Ta-dah! Your little one is now Marshall the Dalmatian. Can they show you how Marshall moves, too?

5) Power up: a hide-and-seek game with superpowers!

What you’ll need: paper, pen

What to do:

1. Write different super-powers (flying, super strength, super speed, mind reading, etc.) on pieces of paper and hide them around the house (or outside, weather permitting!)
2. Ask your child to find the powers! When they’ve found one, ask them to bring it back to you and act it out (they might need some help to fly!)

Now, all that’s left is to take your pack to the cinemas to see PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups, showing from Friday 17th May. There’s not the promise of eye candy which usually keeps us sane through a film containing superheroes, but at least it’ll keep everyone quiet for the full running time. And if that fails, there’s always that overpriced chocolate…

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