Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!

With UK schools closed to most pupils, you might well be stuck with bored children at home! Creative kids competitions are a great way to keep them busy – but will also put their brains to work. 

Here’s a few fun kids competitions they might like to try… I’m adding comps regularly to this blog post so keep checking back!

Win a year’s supply of Lego

Under 12s can upload a photo of a creative nature scene using just the great outdoors, LEGO bricks and LEGO minifigures for the chance to win a year’s supply of LEGO (up to and not exceeding the value of £600), a free 12-month National Trust family membership and a bundle of National Trust story books. Share your photo on the Lego Young Explorers Facebook post before 9 September 2020.

Win a £100 art gift voucher

For the RSPB Wild Art competition children should create a piece of art inspired by nature – either REAL LIFE (entries using the more traditional approach of paints, pastels, acrylics, pens or pencil). Or the GO WILD category (textiles, sculpture, recycled and eco-friendly materials, collage, etc.) Email a photo of your artwork to with the heading WildArt 2020 Competition, with your age and category selection. WildArt is split into three age groups: under 8s, 8-12, and 13 years and over. Full details are on the RSPB website and it closes on 28 August 2020.

Win £50 Amazon voucher

What do YOU think we could change to create better and more sustainable communities? Share your ‘Challenge for Change’ idea on the Fun Kids Live website and the 10 best entries will each win £50 Amazon vouchers for themselves, and a £50 voucher for their school. Closing date is 30 September 2020.

Win £150 & £300 for your school

The Energy Networks website has details of a competition to help spread the word about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Children aged 5-11 should create a poster, poem, piece of art or a short video that is informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Winners will receive £150 for themselves and £300 for their school or organisation, such as Cubs or Brownies.

Area winners will go forward to a national competition where they have a chance to win a further £300 for themselves and £600 for their school or organisation.

Find more info at – entries should be sent by email to and it closes on 30 September 2020.


Win books from Toppsta

I regularly recommend as a fabulous place to win kids books, and you have a better chance of winning if you add reviews to your child’s account. Ask your children which books they’ve read recently – older kids will be fine to type up their own reviews, but for younger children you could ask them questions about the books and then type up the review yourself based on their answers. Help them expand their vocabulary and ask them to think of different adjectives – exciting, thrilling, fascinating, etc. – to describe the story and characters. Try asking Google or Alexa for synonyms!

Find out more about kids book competitions in my blog post Competitions for bookworms. 

Other comping fun for kids

If you don’t mind giving them a phone or tablet, set the kids to work on some instant wins! My son Ryland loves playing ‘spin to win’ free instant wins online – check my list of instant wins for the latest comps! 

Every Sunday at 5pm First News host a quick five-question quiz on their FNQ app – winners earn points which can be exchanged for Amazon vouchers when you earn enough. If you use my son’s referral code “rylando” to sign up, you and he will both earn an extra life to use in the quiz!

And if your child loves to write, there’s a great list of current UK writing competitions on the School Reading List website – which also includes public speaking competitions too. 

Do you have any more tips for keeping the kids busy comping while they’re stuck at home? Let me know in the comments!

13 Responses

  1. Maryam says:

    Hi Im home schooled at the moment in the uk as im in the waiting list for a school so can I still do it because there is some money that goes forward to the school depending on if I win or not …

  2. Sam Shakes says:

    Hi. My 8 year old niece is very good at designing. Ranging from clothes, to home furnishings and interior decor. Can you please let me know if there are any competitions that she enter or courses. Thanks in advance.

  3. Deborah says:

    Pls Is is it only for uk kids or other countries?

  4. Krisha says:

    Great list…I am having a bookmark competition on my blog…..would be great if you can include it in your list

  5. Alyson says:

    Hi does anyone have any spare paper for the iPad competition for the children?

  6. Lorcan says:

    Hi Di,

    Just saw this on Twitter which people might to enter.
    “Get your kids to have a go at drawing, colouring in or creating a bag (Easter baskets count!) this weekend and they could win a pencil case! PS. So far I have 3 entries, one of whom is my niece!! Google ‘coloring sheet bag’ to get them started”

  7. Nikki Hunter-Pike says:

    Great list Di – just to update all the free packs have now been claimed for the Antalis Ipad competition

    • Di says:

      Thanks Nikki – I’ve added that information in! Did you manage to enter it? I have some spare paper I can post to you!

      • Nikki Hunter-Pike says:

        I’ve only just seen this ‍♀️ if you still think there’s time then it would be fab if you still have some spare – understand if you don’t anymore 🙂 x

  8. Neill Johnstone says:

    Brilliant list – thanks!!

    Do you have this design a t-shirt comp –

    Competition open to UK school children aged between 4 years and 16 years. Closes 23.59pm on 23.07.20

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