Summer Survival: Jungle Up Your House!
Want a jungle experience but can't be bothered to travel thousands of miles? Don't worry, we've got it covered!
Bring loads of plants into the house!
A jungle isn't a jungle without any rich, green foliage, so it's best to get lots of big plants and turn the house into a dense forest. It'll take a while to keep them watered, so draw up a list of whose responsibility it is and when they need to do it. To complete the look, wrap some fake snakes around the chair legs and the curtains. Perfect!
Get a family member to squawk like an exotic bird!
The jungle is one of the least quiet places on earth. Every animal seems to have something to say and then you've got TV crews creeping around and whispering about leaves and whatnot. Persuade someone to shout 'caw!' every time someone comes into the living room to get that amazing jungle atmosphere. And do it really loud.
Eat a banana while sitting on the stairs
Bananas are pretty much the best thing you can eat in the jungle. They're sweet, full of vitamins and, most importantly, aren't insects.Amuse your jungle pals by pretending to use one as a very basic telephone. A comedy classic.
Turn the central heating right up!
It's best that you get a grown up's permission before you do this, but remember to mention that jungles are very warm and humid and will add to the authenticity of the experience. It'll get very sweaty, very quickly, so prepare to get some glasses of water from the kitchen every five minutes.
Sing a jungle classic!
While we haven't been to an actual jungle ourselves, we know that the animals love a good singalong. What's more appropriate than 'I Wan'na Be like You' from The Jungle Book? If there's a better song, then we'd like to know about it...
Pretend you're on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
This one is pretty simple, actually. Get two people to put on Geordie accents and the rest of your family can take turns doing bush tucker trials. But instead of stinging wasps and other delightful bugs, use socks from the laundry basket. That's probably worse, thinking about it. Anyway, have fun!