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… don’t forget to check the comments too as you’ll find more comps there!


NEW! Win a Balance Bike

Design a bauble using the template on the Bikeability website and share a photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #MyBikeabilityBauble & tag us @BikeabilityUK – or send your photo by email to hello@bikeabilitytrust.org. Closing date is 24 December 2022 and the (judged) winner will get a Squish balance bike! The bike is for ages 2-5 so entries are encouraged from this age group! T&Cs can be downloaded here.

Win a POP toy bundle

Get your child to design a jolly jumper on the POP website and they could have it featured on TV and win a toy bundle including Transformers and Pokemon prizes! Winner is chosen at random.

Enter on the POP website – closing date is 25 December 2022.


Toyota Dream Car

Toyota’s annual worldwide ‘car of the future’ competition is back! The top three best designs will be selected in each category in the UK contest, with the Gold winner receiving an iPad, Silver and Bronze winners receiving a Samsung tablet and all winners receiving a Toyota goody bag. Age categories are under 7, 8-11 and 12-15 years old.

All UK bronze, silver, and gold 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. The grand prize winners and special award winners 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. The 21 Best Finalists in the global competition will also receive $3,000 for educational purposes.

This year you can only enter online, so take a photo of your artwork and upload at www.toyota.co.uk/dreamcar-2023 – closing date is 22 December 2022.


NEW! Win a trip to the Scottish Highlands

Children can win a four-night stay for two adults and two children in an eco-friendly luxury log cabin in Eagle Brae, in a new Ecover competition with a Mr Men and Little Miss theme.

To submit your entry, complete one of the three challenges by downloading an activity sheet – colour in the Mr. Men Little Miss characters, or pick an item from your house that would normally be thrown in the bin and draw a picture showing how you would re-use it. Or draw a picture of an inventive new way to use an old plastic bottle.

Find out more here. The winner is chosen at random. Closing date is 31 January 2023.


NEW! Win a trip to Cape Canaveral

Inmarsat and the Scouts are running a competition to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cape Canaveral, Florida watch the launch of their communication satellite on a SpaceX rocket. The prize of a five-day trip to the SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, includes flights and hotel accommodation and each of the two Scouts to win will get to take a parent or guardian with them. The competition is open to Scouts aged 10-18 years of age. One winner will be chosen from the 10-14 Scout age group and one winner from the 15-18 Explorer Scout age group.

To enter, answer the question How do you think satellites in space will help improve life on Earth in the future? Your answer to the question can be a poster, animation or video (maximum length two minutes), drawing, or a written or spoken essay (audio or video – up to 500 words or two minutes).

Entries will be judged by Tim Peake. Closing date is 12 December 2022 – find out more at www.scouts.org.uk/supporters/inmarsat/


NEW! Win a £50 Home Bargains voucher for your school

Home Bargains is running a competition for all Primary School children to design next year’s Alder Hey Charity Christmas Cards. The 12 winning designs will be manufactured and sold in stores for Christmas 2023 and each winner will receive a £50 Home Bargains voucher for their school! 

Download and print off a copy of the entry form by clicking the link at the bottom of this page, and send with your square card design – you’ll need to post it back to arrive by 31 January 2023.


NEW! Win your own Schleich reindeer design

Colour in a reindeer and you could have your design made into a real reindeer model by Schleich! You can design it online, or print off a PDF then upload a photo at www.schleich-s.com/en/GB/xmas – closing date is 16 December 2022.


NEW! Win Sylvanian Families sets

Share photos of your Sylvanian Families sets on Instagram for your chance to win a Style & Play bundle. Either enter a photo on the theme of Winter or Christmas – or just a family fun photo playing with your sets. Use #SylvanianFamiliesWinterWonderland or #SFWinterCompetition for theme 2 and be sure to follow @sylvanianfamilies_uk. Find out more on the Sylvanian Families website – enter before 30 November 2022.


Win a £500 holiday voucher

OrchardWorld have just launched their Children’s Art Competition, to create their new family mascot. It’s open to under 5s, 6-10 years olds and 11-16 years olds – the overall winner gets £500 towards a UK holiday booked with Uniquehideaways.com, and the winners in the other two age categories win up to £220.00 paid towards a 1 year, annual family membership to a local Farm or Zoo of their choice.

They want entrants to stick to one of these animals or fruits: Bee, Lady Bird, Butterfly, Rabbit, Farm dog, Orange, Apple, Lemon, Lime, Plum and use the brand colours of orange, green, blue or white.

Draw your masterpiece on an A4 sheet of plain paper, add your name, age and contact email address in the top right-hand corner, together with the name of your mascot. Then take a photo of your creation and email it via the online form before 3 January 2023.

Find all the details at www.orchardworldproduce.com


Win a £100 Lego bundle

Lego are running a fun Christmas themed building competition! Take a photo of your child’s build or design which answers the question ‘How would you rebuild Christmas to make it even better in the future’, with an explanation of the design and why they think it will be the future (90 words maximum). Include the child’s first name and age and either email to legorebuildtheworld@promoentries.com or upload to your LEGO Life account.

50 entrants will be chosen at random, then judged – the best 15 will win a £100 bundle of LEGO tailored to their age. Parents must enter on behalf of a child age 6-18. Closing date is 14 December 2022 and terms are here.


Win a a class trip to Go Ape

Go Ape are inviting mini adventurers to take part in an exciting Christmas card design challenge with the chance of winning a class trip to Go Ape!

All 4-11-year-olds can showcase their artistic skills and passion for adventure to be in with the chance of winning an action-packed class trip to Go Ape for their school AND a Go Ape family ticket for any national Go Ape site for themselves! The winning design will be featured on the Go Ape Digital Christmas E-card with the winner’s name, age and school included.

Entries on the theme of “Christmas Outdoors” can be submitted as an individual on behalf of their school or entries can be made collectively as a school. Plus, the first 200 schools who enter will receive a copy of the ‘Go Ape the School Trip’ book for their school library.

Find all the details and upload your entries at goape.co.uk/groups/schools/christmas-card-competition – closing date is 16 December 2022.


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

44 Responses

  1. Cara says:

    Camp Beaumont are also running a competition to win a week’s stay at Skern Lodge in 2023 worth £899 and also a chance to win a free week at Camp Beaumont this summer – inclusive for ages 3-16 and running in over 45 UK locations. Simply enter your email address here: https://www.campbeaumont.co.uk/bounceback T&C’s apply, closing date 31/07/22

  2. Angela says:

    WordHound runs a monthly writing competition for kids aged 12 and under:
    http://www.wordhound.co.uk/competitions

    Every month there’s a different theme, it’s up to 300 words, and you can win books from guest authors plus sweets and stationery.

  3. Taniya Dey says:

    For School Robot Competition, the correct link is https://www.ukras.org.uk/school-robot-competition/write

  4. Rachel says:

    Are you sure that “givebacklondon” competition is legitimate? .
    I can’t find them registered as a charity, or any information on how entries will enable a free meal. They don’t seem to have any fixed address & they are requesting all details by post & no electronic records.
    I might be wrong. (& hope I am) but I would suggest people look into this before deciding to send all their personal details to a random PO Box number, as this doesn’t seem right to me.

    • Di says:

      I’ve sent them an email to get some further information from them. It seems rather a lot of trouble to go to for a competition that isn’t genuine!

      • Rachel says:

        But a very simple way to create identity theft? .
        As I said, I hope I’m wrong. But with no details on the people running it, or any registered charity number, or any fixed address & their website does absolutely nothing, other than ask for these “entries”, it all seems a little strange. How can sending a kids picture fund a meal?
        Hopefully they can reassure you/us by providing more information.
        Thanks.

      • Aqua Jo says:

        Hi Di, I’ve tried to email and telephone the human relief foundation. I’ve had 1 email saying they would check (Monday this week) 1 telephone call converstation with them (Friday last week) saying that they would check on it. And….. no replies so far. I’ve now sent them 3 emails asking the same questions…..

  5. dana burton says:

    Vegan Kids festival have announced the 2022 “Vegan Kids Festival Design a T-Shirt Competition” the competition aims to find the best Young designer from submitted designs and the winner will win tickets to the festival as well as see their design come to life as our main festival T-shirt for 2022.

    To enter design your perfect Festival T-shirt and send your entries to fun@vegankidsfestival.co.uk designs can be created on a computer or by hand, simply send in a photo or your design.

    For a full list of eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions please see https://www.vegankidsfestival.co.uk/tshirt-competition/

    Young Designers aged 18 and under are eligible to enter.

  6. Claire says:

    Do you know a child under 10 who loves #reading? We have a #competition for them!

    Design a bookmark to win a Children 1st goody bag including books and a stash of their bookmark.

    Find out how to enter http://children1st.org.uk/bookmark

  7. Nikki Hunter-Pike says:

    Niche – For anyone visiting Father Christmas at the National Gallery in London, design your own Christmas card to win £100 to spend in the National Gallery shop https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/meet-father-christmas/competition

  8. Favour Olamilekan says:

    can not enter the kiddy charts competition . Why?

  9. Nikki Hunter-Pike says:

    CD 15/8 kids to draw their sporting dream posters. Winner gets a mapped helix stationery set AND the chance to train with a top sports coach and GB medalist! https://m.facebook.com/MapedHelix/photos/a.913047192077655/4244481908934150/?type=3

  10. Nikki Hunter-Pike says:

    Closes 30th June – Design a poster of your city of the future and win one of three £200 ethical superstore voucher. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/competition/design-a-future-city-and-win-a-200-voucher-ethical-superstore-voucher/

  11. Ellie says:

    Hi guys! Just seem this on Instagram to win a Plum Trampoline worth £1500 https://www.instagram.com/p/CNVRQeigy_9/

    Need to enter by Saturday 10th of April by doing a move from the video

  12. Taniya Dey says:

    Hi Di, I am a follower of your Creative Kids competition since last September. It keeps my 6 years daughter quite busy during this time. She is happy to be KS1 winner in UK for Children of Lockdown conducted by Storychest, CO Awareness Competition conducted by Energy Networks, Pearson UK’s Twist on a Tale and to receive other misc prizes. Thank you for your effort and regular blog on kid’s competition.

  13. Kim Steen says:

    Has anyone tried entering the 44 cats pasta comp? I submitted an entry but had no confirmation onscreen or email and dont want to resubmit in case it gets disqualified

    • Di says:

      Hi Kim! I’ve checked with the promoter and there’s no confirmation displayed – it just takes you back to the entry form I believe. If you’re concerned about your entry not being received, they’ve said it’s fine to submit it again!

      • Kim Steen says:

        Ah no thats great thanks! It did return to the entry form so if thats what its supposed to do then thats fine

  14. 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 …

  15. 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.

  16. Deborah says:

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

  17. Krisha says:

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

  18. Alyson says:

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

  19. Lorcan says:

    Hi Di,

    Just saw this on Twitter which people might to enter. https://twitter.com/Sewsofia/status/1248891923709952005?s=19
    “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”

  20. 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

  21. Di says:

    Fab, thanks Neill – I’ve added that one to the list!

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