Creative kids competitions

Are your kids currently on a half term break from school? We’re on a family holiday in the Isle of Wight, and I’ve been hunting for a few comps to keep Ry and his cousin busy while they hang out in our holiday cottage. Here’s seven of my favourites – which hopefully will keep your kids entertained this week too!

Design a Plastic Pollution Poster

Design a poster to inspire or remind people to reduce the use of single-use plastics, and you could win an amazing science kit or a £200 Entertainer voucher. Your school will also win £400 to spend on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) equipment and a visit from a Covestro scientist. This one is open to children aged 16 and under. Details are on the NatGeo Kids website – email or post your design before 12 March 2019.

Design a robotic lawnmower!

Design a robotic mower on the template here and you could win your own Flymo robotic mower worth £599 (with your design on it!) – plus £50 Love2Shop vouchers. Open to children 15 and under – enter before 8th March 2019. Full details are on the Ideal Home Show website.

Junior Spirograph Artist of the Year

Design a Night Sky or Space Scene inspired by the shapes created with Spirograph and you could win one of ten Spirograph sets. Plus, three finalists will go to London, meet astronaut Helen Sharman – and one will be crowned Junior Spirograph Artist of the Year! You’ll need to post your entry to; Spirograph, 17 Cottesbrooke Park, Heartlands, Daventry, Northants, NN11 8YL to arrive before 1 March 2019. Find out more at (there doesn’t seem to be an age limit listed)

500 Words

‘500 Words’ is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children. All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online on the BBC website. There are two age groups – one for children aged 5-9, and another for children aged 10-13. In each age groups there are Gold, Silver and Bronze prizewinners – Gold winners receive Chris Evans’ height in books, plus 500 books for their school library. Silver winners receive the Duchess of Cornwall’s height in books – and Bronze winners receive their own height in books. The winners will also receive a one of a kind illustration of their story. Plus, the Top 50 shortlisted entrants will receive a pair of tickets to the final.

Giggle Ninja

Share your favourite joke to win £250 of books – plus £250 of books for your school! The overall winner is judged by Dermot O’Leary and the best jokes will be published in a joke book. It’s open to 3 – 13 year olds and closes on 18th April 2019. Enter on the Book People website.

Pink Lady ‘Write It’

Pink Lady are once again running their food writer competition – this year, children should write a story on the theme of ‘Food for Sharing’. There are three age groups – 10 and under, 1-14 and 15-18. Winners will go to a lunch with judges in central London in July 2019, and also receive a £100 book token, 5 cookery books, £150 worth of cooking utensils for their school and a Pink Lady goody bag. The two younger winners will curate their own page in The Week Junior (featuring their story) and the older winner will visit the delicious magazine test kitchen and also see their story published on the delicious website. Closing date is 30th April 2019 – and you can read all about it at

Leeds Castle’s Big 900

Celebrate Leeds Castle’s 900th birthday by writing a short story, from 100 to 900 words, about Castles and Time Travel. Two winners (one aged 5-9, one aged 10-13) will be invited to an Awards Day at Leeds Castle to meet Clare Balding and will win a basket of prizes. They will also be invited to take part in the ‘time capsule’ ceremony later in the summer. All the details are here – enter before 5th March 2019.

It’s not too early to spot drawing, colouring and photography competitions for Mothers Day and Easter too – look out for them at local shopping centres and restaurants!

4 Responses

  1. Ali Humphreys says:

    Thank you for sharing these
    My 13yr old has made an attempt at two of the drawing ones over half term – so that has been an hour less spent on the Playstation
    He has now taken over the Oreo competition so I think he is getting the bug

  2. Charlotte Cauldwell says:

    Omg this is my 2 as Well. They said they were bored so I suggested doing some and they weren’t having it. When I was a kid I used to write stories for fun lol!

  3. Francesca Jones says:

    How to make an 11 year old teenager in training grumpy? ask him if he’d like to enter the mower competition! at least two of my kids have taken an interest – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Di says:

      Ha! Those pesky kids. I usually have to bribe Ryland with PlayStation time to get him to do the creative comps!

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