Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!
Are you 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…
The Puzzling Fruits Championships
Fruit Bowl and Treasure Trails have teamed up to give away 301 prizes – solve the fruity puzzles to work out what the Champion Fruit is, and enter the answer on the entry form at www.treasuretrails.co.uk/hidden-treasure/ideas/puzzling-fruit-championships before 10 September 2021. Prizes are:
- A Family Adventure Pack, featuring kids bikes, a family tent and camping kit for the whole family, worth £1,250
- 50 runner-up prizes of a Treasure Trail and Fruit Bowl snacks
- Plus, 250 third-place prizes of Fruit Bowl snacks
Kiddycharts Reading Challenge
Kiddycharts are giving away over £5000 of prizes to schools and individual children, in their reading challenge which is open to all ages from nursery to secondary children. Kids can gain three levels in the reading challenge by filling out a reading log – download a reading log for your child here.
There are different prizes up for grabs including toys and books depending how any books your child reads:
- Bronze level (reading two books),
- Silver level (four books), and
- Gold level (completing their passport with six books).
Full details are at kiddycharts.com – read the rules carefully as you must email your entry with a strict subject line format! The closing date is 30 September 2021.
Win Science Museum online shop vouchers
Morphy Richards want primary school children to design an Appliance of the Future. Upload a photo of your child’s design with a short caption explaining their idea, tagging on Instagram @morphyrichardsuk, Facebook @morphyrichardsUK or Twitter @loveyourmorphy using the hashtag #Morphy85.
Three winners will receive vouchers to spend at the Science Museum online shop.
Find out more at www.morphyrichards.co.uk/morphy85/ – closing date is 31 August 2021.
Win your child’s dream bed
Get your child to design their dream bed and upload to the Silentnight competition page – one winner will have their creation made as a one-off design that replicates their drawing. Entries will be judged!
Find out more at www.silentnight.co.uk/kids-competition – closing date is 1 September 2021.
Win National Space Centre tickets
Design a poster for the National Space Centre (in Leicester) about a scientific discovery that really excites you.
The competition is split into two age groups; 6-10 and 11+. Ten lucky winners in each age group will win a family pass to visit the National Space Centre, and their art will be displayed on the wall of The POD for future visitors to see.
One lucky overall winner will win a school class trip (up to 35 pupils) to the National Space Centre, with a second prize of a video conference workshop with our Discovery team experts for your school.
Find out more on their Facebook page – closing date is 26 September 2021.
Win Love2Shop vouchers
Create artwork on the theme ‘What does the environment mean to you?’ to enter the Worcester Bosch Environment 5050 competition. There are three Love2Shop vouchers to be won in each of the four age categories (3-5), (6 -9), (10-13) and (14-18) – first prize is £100, second prize is £75 and third prize is £50. The competition runs until 31 March 2022 and you can find out more at www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/environment-2050-art-competition
Toppsta Summer Reading Challenge
Toppsta have launched a great summer competition for 2021 – get your child to read and review one of the books on their Summer Reading PDF and the Toppsta team’s favourite review each week will win book tokens for themselves, their class and their school! The final closing date is 27 August 2021. You can review on the Toppsta website, or using the form included in the PDF.
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!
- 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.
- Moma.co.uk lists some nice arty kids competitions!
Do you have any more tips for keeping the kids busy comping while they’re stuck at home? Let me know in the comments