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What Will You Do With the Extra Hour We Gain?

26/10/2014 17:24 GMT | Updated 24/12/2014 10:59 GMT

For thousands of people, this Sunday will bring a sense of joy and relief at the prospect of spending an extra hour in bed when the clocks go back. Let's face it; we rarely get the chance for an extra bit of communing with our beds.

Parents have told us they're planning on having a lie in. But I'm sorry to have to tell you parents that the lie-in is not an option as your children want to use this extra hour by having fun! That is why today Action for Children is urging you to say no to the boring snooze-in and instead to make the most of your extra hour by having fun with the children in your life and join in with our new campaign, National Children's Hour.

National Children's Hour aims to celebrate everything that is great about childhood by creating unforgettable memories. We want to help every single child in the country grow into a happy adult. All you need to do is ask the children in your life what they want to do with 'their' extra hour and then embrace their ideas. We've already had some lovely and imaginative ideas but I'm sure you can come up with even more.

Action for Children has been putting the needs of children at the heart of our work for 145 years, so we have plenty of direct experience in helping children to achieve their potential. Our research shows that by simply listening to children it will increase their self-esteem and encourage them to be more willing to ask for help, learn from their mistakes and share their worries.

Sadly childhood is over all too soon so making the most of the time you have is important.

Everyone needs a little inspiration and support every now and then and that's where Action for Children comes in.

We have a free-to-download activity pack, and how-to videos, full of ideas from some of the 300,000 children and young people we help each year, to give you some inspiration on how to make the most of that extra hour - from magic milk that looks like potions, raiding the recycling box to make a spaceship and even bringing a story to life. We also have some great ideas from Julia Donaldson's new book - The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat. All of the activities are free to do or have a very minimal cost and many of the things you'll need may be in the back of your kitchen cupboard!

Simply visit our website now to find out more. We would love to see what you get up to so show us on social media by using the hash tag #NCH.