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.


Win vouchers

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.

Enter at www.staples.co.uk/festivecrafts – the closing date is 5 December 2021 and T&Cs are here.


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.

You can email your entry to shortstorycompetition@royalmintmuseum.org.uk, or post it. Closing date is 2 December 2021 and you can find all the details at royalmintmuseum.org.uk


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

32 Responses

  1. 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

  2. Favour Olamilekan says:

    can not enter the kiddy charts competition . Why?

  3. 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

  4. 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/

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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 …

  9. 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.

  10. Deborah says:

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

  11. Krisha says:

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

  12. Alyson says:

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

  13. 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”

  14. 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

  15. Di says:

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

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