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 Crayola goodies

Draw a self portrait and share with #MyTrueSelfie tagging @Crayola_UK on Instagram for the chance to win one of two Crayola bundles. Winners will be chosen at random – check out details on the Crayola Instagram post. Closing date is 30 April 2021.

Fruit Shoot Draw your Dream to win

Fruit Shoot have been running the lovely ‘Win your Dream Prize’ competition for several years, it’s a lovely drawing comp for 3-12 year olds.

You’ll need to purchase a promotional Fruit Shoot pack (shown above) and keep hold of your receipt. Then your child needs to draw their ‘dream thing’ and upload to the website at Daily winners will be chosen to receive a Crayola bundle worth £40, and one overall winner will win their dream thing up to the value of £5000! The promotion ends on 29 June 2021 and kids can enter once a week. 


Win your stamp produced by the Royal Mail, plus £1000 vouchers and £1000 for your school

Royal Mail have launched a huge competition for 4-14 year olds to design a stamp featuring a hero of the coronavirus pandemic. You can enter via a school, or independently, and can download all the resources you need from at

  • 8 overall winners win £1000 vouchers and £1000 for their school
  • 16 regional winners receive £500 vouchers and £500 for their school
  • 96 regional runners up receive £100 vouchers and £100 for their school

You’ll need to post your entry back to arrive before 28 May 2021. 

Win a £100 book token and your story published 

The Week Junior’s annual food writing competition for Under 18s has the theme of ‘Food Discovery’ for 2021. The age categories are: 10 and under (250 words), 11-14 (500 words), and 15-18 (750 words). Each age category winner will get a £100 book token, an invite to The Guild of Food Writers’ virtual tea party, plus a hamper of tea and cakes. For the two younger categories, the winners’ stories will be featured in The Week Junior, and they’ll also win a year’s subscription to The Week Junior. For the older category winner, the story will be featured by delicious. magazine. One runner up per age group will win a £25 book token.

Send your entry by email to including your word count by 30 April 2021. All the details are at

Win £500 for your school

Design a face mask for the chance to win £500 for your school, plus masks for all your classmates featuring your winning design! The winning face mask will be made available to purchase. Four more winners from each age bracket (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13–14) will win a face mask featuring their design and have it made available to purchase, and Medicspot will donate 100% of the proceeds to NHS Charities Together. Entries are judged by Joe Tasker. Find out more at where you can download the template – enter before 31 May 2021.

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 books from Toppsta

I regularly recommend 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! 

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

22 Responses

  1. Ellie says:

    Hi guys! Just seem this on Instagram to win a Plum Trampoline worth £1500

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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 …

  5. 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.

  6. Deborah says:

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

  7. Krisha says:

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

  8. Alyson says:

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

  9. Lorcan says:

    Hi Di,

    Just saw this on Twitter which people might to enter.
    “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”

  10. 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

  11. Di says:

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

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