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…
Win digital cameras
Children aged 15 and under can enter the 17th World Children’s Haiku Contest by writing a haiku on the theme of ‘towns’. Three winners will receive a digital camera and there are other prizes too.
You need to enter by post – find all the details here – the closing date is 28 February 2022.
Submit your festive crafts for a chance to win with Staples! Age categories are 5 and under, 6-11 and 12 and over. Each of the category winners will receive a £250 voucher of their choice, and three lucky schools will win a £1,000 voucher to spend at Staples.co.uk. Ten children will also win highly commended certificates with special art packs.
Win an iPad or Samsung tablet
The Toyota Dream Car Contest is back for 2022 – and children all over the world are invited to create their most imaginative design for a car of the future.
For UK entrants in each age category (under 8, 8-11 and 12-15 years old), the Gold winner gets an iPad, Silver and Bronze winners get a Samsung tablet and all winners get a Toyota goody bag. All UK winners will be put forward to the World Contest, in which a grand prize winner from each category and two special award winners will be selected. Each winner will receive $5,000 to spend on educational resources and supplementary prizes of $10,000 will also be awarded to their school or college to spend on educational resources.
Check out all the details at toyota.co.uk/dreamcar-2022 and get your entry in before 31 December 2021. This year you can email your entry rather than posting it.
Win a silver coin plus £5,000 for your school library
The Royal Mint have announced their second short story competition for pupils aged 8-11 – this year’s topic is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Send a story of no more than 500 words band you could see your story illustrated by a professional artist as well as winning a special silver coin for yourself and £5,000 worth of equipment and books for your school library.
Win an art kit and astronaut autograph
Space Foundation are inviting Under 18s worldwide to create artwork based on the theme of “Living, Working and Playing on the Moon”. Three winners will be chosen from each age group (ages 3-4, ages 5-6, ages 7-8, ages 9-10, ages 11-12, ages 13-14, ages 15-16, and ages 17-18) to win an art kit, ribbon and certificate – and one Space Foundation Achievement Award winner will be chosen to also receive an astronaut autograph.
All 25 winning entries will be displayed at 37th Space Symposium, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, in April 4th 2022; and Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center.
Find out more at art.spacefoundation.org – closing date is 19 January 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
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