Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!
With the lockdown back again and wintry weather upon us, 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…
Win a year’s Start-Rite shoes plus an eco scooter
Get creative with the ‘Start-Write’ competition and be entered into a prize draw to win a year’s worth of Start-Rite shoes and a fabulous Eco scooter! Ask your child to write about their experiences of lockdown, then email their thoughts, along with their name and age to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the details are at www.startriteshoes.com/start-write-competition – entries must be in before 31 January 2021 and 2 winners will be chosen. There’s no age limit, but the prize scooter is suitable for ages 2-12!
Win a Frog Bike
Design a cycling jersey for the chance to win a Frog Bike of your choice! Download the PDF from the Bikeability website and share a photo of your design on social media or email your entry to email@example.com. Entries will be judged on being fun, creative and unique – this is a children’s comp but no age limits are stated.
Full details are on the Bikeability website – it’s open to England & Wales residents and the closing date is 29 January 2021.
Win a starring role in the Power Rangers TV series
Here’s a fun video competition that’s open across Europe. Create a short video (between ten seconds and 2 minutes) that shows your Power Ranger skills in everyday life. The top prize winner will win an appearance in the Power Rangers TV series plus flights and accommodation. You can view entries on the website, they’re a mix of grown ups and kids – I’m amazed how many adults seem to own a Power Ranger costume!
25 judged runners up will win a Power Rangers sword and mask and a Panasonic Batteries pack plus 10 participants each month will win an Power Rangers prize and a Panasonic Batteries pack (for this monthly prize you need to estimate how many entries the competition will have in the current month – closest guesses win the prizes)
Closing date is 31 March 2021 and all the details are at https://poweryourday.win.eu.panasonic.com/
Win Harry Potter tickets & books
Design your own fantastic beast for the chance to win a family ticket to see the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition at the Natural History Museum (including up to £100 towards travel, plus one night’s accommodation in London) plus
a copy of Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature and Illustrated Editions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Five runners up will win the set of books.
Draw, paint or design your beast on a computer. Give your beast a name and include a description of your creature’s magical abilities. Upload a photo of it to the National Geographic Kids website before 18 February 2021.
Win a bundle of Ross Collins books
Here’s a lovely one for younger children – design a jazzy jumper for mouse from Ross Collins’ book ‘There’s a mouse in my house’. Win one of ten book bundles including Ross Collins’ There’s a Mouse in My House, There’s a Bear on my Chair, This Zoo is Not for You, What Does an Anteater Eat and This is a Dog!
Print off the competition entry form and design your jumper, then email a photo of your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘There’s a Mouse in My House Competition’ or post your entry to Marketing Department, Nosy Crow, 14 Baden Place, Crosby Row, London, SE1 1YW.
Find out more on the Summer Reading Challenge website. Closing date is 28 February 2021.
Win gaming bundles & masterclasses
If you’re aged 10-18 and would love to create your own game, enter the BAFTA YGD competition. Young Game Designers is an initiative by BAFTA that inspires and supports young people to create, develop and present their new game idea to the world. Entrants can apply as an individual, in a pair, or in a team of three for each of two categories: Game Making and Game Concept. There are two age categories (10-14, and 15-18).
Winners in both categories and age groups will receive a bundle of games goodies from YGD partners, a series of exclusive masterclasses and online networking with industry professionals plus the opportunity for digital mentorship and careers advice from Into Games.
All competition details are on the BAFTA website. Closing date is 15 March 2021.
Win a book bundle & your story published
If your 8-12 year old loves writing, this short story competition could be the perfect challenge! They need to write a summer themed story with less than 500 words. Entries must be saved as a Word document and uploaded to the Caab Publishing website entry form. The grand prize winner will receive 1 print copy of the Anthology, a bundle of children’s books as reviewed on Caab Publishing’s Tik Tok and You Tube channels, and a children’s book signed by a CAAB Publishing Ltd affiliated author. All other winners will receive a PDF or Kindle copy of the anthology containing their story.
Closing date is 26 February 2021 – find out more at the CAAB Publishing website.
Win Lego Botanicals sets
Did you know you can now get Lego flowers and plants? This competition isn’t designed for children, but I wanted to include it as it’s so unusual and perhaps adults and kids can create something together! Design a vase at least 15cm tall made from Lego (bricks or digitally) for your chance to win four Lego Botanicals sets; second place will win three sets and third place wins one. Entries will be judged on their design, use of colour, and fitness for purpose.
Full details are at www.ramblingbrick.com – this competition is open worldwide, and closes on 31 January 2021.
Win books from Toppsta
I regularly recommend www.toppsta.com 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!
Sing up to receive the free LEGO® Life Magazine for kids 5-9 years old. It’s packed with comic strips, activities, posters and even the occasional creative competition!
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My 11 year old son Ryland recently won a £40 book voucher in the Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith competition – it will be running again in the Spring, and you need to read the book and send in the riddle answers for a chance to win! Keep an eye on the Firefly Press website for more on this.
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!