Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!

With UK schools closed to most pupils, 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… I’m adding comps regularly to this blog post so keep checking back!

Win a £250 Entertainer voucher

Design a poster to inspire people to find creative ways to upcycle an item from something that might be thrown away, with step-by-step instructions. The winning entry will receive a £250 Entertainer voucher and two runners up will win £50 vouchers. Send your poster designs along with with your name and age to with the subject CIRCULAR ECONOMY POSTER. Full details are on the NG Kids website and it closes on 29 July 2020.

Win £50 Amazon voucher

What do YOU think we could change to create better and more sustainable communities? Share your ‘Challenge for Change’ idea on the Fun Kids Live website and the 10 best entries will each win £50 Amazon vouchers for themselves, and a £50 voucher for their school. Closing date is 30 September 2020.

Win £150 & £300 for your school

The Energy Networks website has details of a competition to help spread the word about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Children aged 5-11 should create a poster, poem, piece of art or a short video that is informative and accurate in warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide. Winners will receive £150 for themselves and £300 for their school or organisation, such as Cubs or Brownies.

Area winners will go forward to a national competition where they have a chance to win a further £300 for themselves and £600 for their school or organisation.

Find more info at – entries should be sent by email to and it closes on 30 September 2020.

Win Stabilo products

Write a letter, poem or rap for an unsung hero in your local community and you could win Stabilo goodies for yourself and your classmates. It’s open to 8-18 year olds and the details are at Closing date is 10 July 2020.

Win £200 of Maped Helix stationery

Design a piece of stationery, and you could win £50 of stationery plus £150 for your school. This is an advert from this week’s First News magazine – it says details are at but I can’t spot them! Closing date is 14 July 2020.

Win a Forest Holidays cabin break

If your child has a collection of Sylvanian Families, here’s the competition for you! Submit a photo of them on an outdoor adventure (obviously paying attention to Government restrictions – it’s safest for them to be on an adventure in your garden!) at before 16 August 2020. The winner gets a 3 or 4 night break at a Forest Holidays Cabin, and eleven runners up win Sylvanian Families toys. 

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! 

Every Sunday at 5pm First News host a quick five-question quiz on their FNQ app – winners earn points which can be exchanged for Amazon vouchers when you earn enough. If you use my son’s referral code “rylando” to sign up, you and he will both earn an extra life to use in the quiz!

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!

9 Responses

  1. Krisha says:

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

  2. Alyson says:

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

  3. 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”

  4. 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

  5. Neill Johnstone says:

    Brilliant list – thanks!!

    Do you have this design a t-shirt comp –

    Competition open to UK school children aged between 4 years and 16 years. Closes 23.59pm on 23.07.20

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