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… keep a look out for World Book Day competitions on 4th March!
Win a creative writing session with David Walliams
On the BBC Maestro website, parents can sign up to a free kids creative writing course that will help them write a 500 word story, which they can enter into a special prize draw! 20 randomly chosen winners, split into two groups of 10 aged 7-9 and 10-12, will be invited to a special creative writing session with David. Plus, each winner will be given an illustrated book cover of their story, framed and signed by David. Sign up for the course at www.bbcmaestro.com and enter before 31 March 2021. Note that you need to submit a story title on your entry form – but T&Cs state that uploading the story is not essential to enter the draw!
Win £5,000 of tech from Currys PC World
Launched on Instagram Live by Dick & Dom on 18 February, the Currys Do The Robot competition is a great creative challenge for kids aged 13 and under to design a robot to keep them entertained during lockdown. Top prize is £5,000 of Amazing Tech vouchers, plus the winner will have their design professionally illustrated and used in Currys PC World stores. 5 runners-up will also receive £1,000 in Amazing Tech vouchers. Upload a photo of the robot design to the Currys website, along with its name and a description in 300 words or less of what it does and what technology it uses. My tip would be to go through the gallery, and check out the competition before you create your design, to make sure your robot stands out as original and creative! Closing date is 8 March 2021.
Win a David Walliams boxset or virtual oceans experience
Write about your best holiday memory to win prizes on the Girl About website. The competition is open to two age groups – 5 years to 9 years (350 word article), and 10 years to 13 years (750 word article). The younger winner gets a David Walliams boxset and the older winner gets a Let’s Explore The Oceans Virtual Reality Experience. Winning entries will be published at www.girlabout.co.uk. Closing date is 7 March 2021 and all the details are at girlabout.co.uk.
Win a weekend in London
Enter the Festival of Hope Art Competition for a chance to win a VIP family trip to London with 2 nights accommodation and lots of activities included – plus see your artwork exhibited at London’s The O2. Design a piece of art inspired by all things British. There are three age categories (6 and under, 7-11 and 12-19) and two themes – ‘real life’ and ‘go wild’. Closing date is 31 March 2021. Find out more on the London Tourism Co-operative Facebook page.
Win a £100 gift voucher and your book printed
Castlepoint in Bournemouth have come up with an innovative competition for 4-12 year olds to create a picture book about Mr Corona! A new chapter template will be released every week for four weeks. Sign up for the competition here first, then send photos of the finished book including covers via email. The winner gets a £100 gift voucher AND the picture book professionally drawn by an illustrator, printed with their name on the front! Closing date is 8 March 2021.
Win £500 to spend at Kindred retailers
KiddyCharts and Kindred are giving away £500 to spend at your choice of over 30,000 retailers – Kindred is a new way to donate to charity when you shop online. To enter, download one of the 2 colouring sheets, then share your child’s completed artwork on social, saying who you are going to give your colouring to and why including the #shopwithheart hashtag and copying @kiddycharts and @kindred_social – then leave a link to your entry on the KiddyCharts blog post. In addition, you must download Kindred to your browser.
For every entry received, £1 will go to charity. You can colour in both sheets, then enter each one on three different social media channels – so a maximum of 6 entries. One winner will be chosen at random after the closing date of 2 March 2021. All the T&Cs are at the end of the Kiddycharts post at www.kiddycharts.com/giveaway/win-with-kindred-and-shop-with-heart – it’s OK for adults to enter this one too, there’s no age limits!
Win £100 of books
Create a picture book (up to 24 A4 pages) and you could win £100 of books for your school plus a free online event with an author or illustrator. There are three age categories (4-6,7-10 and 11-18) with one winner chosen for each. Closing date is 23 April 2021 and you can find the entry details on the Reading Zone website.
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 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 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!
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!