Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!
With UK schools now closed due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, 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 Amazon vouchers
Kids of all ages (even grown ups) can enter the Certis Easter competition – draw a picture with the theme ‘Easter on the Farm’ and twenty winners (five in each age category – under 5s, 5-10, 11-16 and over 16s) will win a £20 Amazon voucher. Full details are at www.certiseurope.co.uk/eastercompetition/ – it closes on 17 April 2020.
Win cash prizes for you and your school
5-11 year olds are invited to create art, videos, models, stories or poems that warn of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning for the Energy Networks Carbon Monoxide Safety competition. Ten winners will be chosen across the UK. Each winner gets £150 for themselves and £300 for their school or organisation (eg. Cubs/Brownies). Closing date is 6 May 2020.
Win 8 of your own pies made and delivered
Jarvis Pickle want Under-12s to design a pie! Draw your ideal ingredients and name the pie – they will make the winner’s pie, and deliver 8 of them to you. Find out more at www.jarvispickle.com/piedesign – it ends 20 April 2020.
Win t-shirts for your class
Total Merchandise are running a t-shirt design competition for 4-16 year olds, and their favourite ten entries will each win 25 t-shirts for their class. Download the shirt templates on their website and get entries in before 3 July 2020.
Win your own jewellery design
Under 15s are invited to design a piece of jewellery, and Sarah Layton will choose their favourite and make it into a real piece to be sold as part of their Little Star range. Full details are on Instagram and the closing date is 29 April 2020.
Win £100 Hotel Chocolat Voucher
Print off and colour in the Easter Egg card on the Christy website for the chance to win a £100 Hotel Chocolat voucher – winner is chosen at random, you can enter on social media or by emailing. Closing date is 14 April 2020.
Win £100 Amazon voucher
Sofas and Stuff are giving away a £100 Amazon e-voucher. Print off their sofa picture and colour it in before 30 April 2020. Winner chosen at random!
Win West End theatre tickets
Mousetrap Theatre Projects are setting a weekly #EveryHomeATheatre challenge for all ages, with a prize of 4 West End theatre tickets. Share entries on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag, tagging @MouseTrapTP – weekly challenges end on a Monday. Find out more on their website at www.mousetrap.org.uk/every-home-a-theatre
Win a October holiday at John Fowler Holiday Park
In this competition, Under 11s should write a story including the John Fowler characters, between 250 and 500 words, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will get a week’s family holiday in October half term plus their story will be professionally illustrated. Find out more – and see the characters – at https://www.johnfowlerholidays.com/foxy-blog/its-competition-time. Closing date is 30 April 2020.
Win a 32GB iPad
Complete a form on the Antalis website and they will send you a free sample of their coloured paper and card (mine arrived within a couple of days!). Ask your school-age child to choose a colour and draw or paint a picture, then email a photo of the entry, along with your child’s name and age, to email@example.com. Include a quote from your child about their picture, and why they chose that colour paper.
All the details are at https://ask.antalis.com/GetCreative2020 – the winner is chosen at random, and the closing date is 30 April 2020.
Win your child’s dream thing – plus daily Crayola prizes
Fruit Shoot & Tesco are running a ‘Draw your Dream Thing’ competition for 4-12 year olds – before entering you must purchase a Fruit Shoot at Tesco and keep the receipt.
There’s also an on-pack instant win, if you find a moon behind your pack label you’ve won an £8000 dream thing – but according to the website this doesn’t start until 1 July!
For the drawing competition the child should draw their dream thing – then upload a photo of the drawing at www.fruitshootforthemoon.co.uk/tescodreamthing, choose a prize category (options are Arts, Crafts & Drama, Nature & Science, History & Literature, Music, Film & Entertainment, Sports & Games, Technology & Transport) and add a description. The top prize is a bespoke dream experience worth up to £5,000 for a child and their parent/guardian. There are also daily prizes of a bundle of Crayola goodies!
Full T&Cs are here – it closes on 16 June 2020 and all winners are chosen at random. You can enter once per household every 7 days but only win one Crayola prize per household.
Win Hobbycraft vouchers
Join the Quidco Rocks! Facebook group and look out for the daily Under-12s art challenges at 11am for your chance to win vouchers – five winners are chosen every day.
Win £300 of book vouchers for you and your school
Too Good to Go are inviting under 11s to write a poem about food waste. Top prize is a £100 book voucher for personal use, a £200 book voucher for the school library, and a food waste fighting pack. Two runners up will each receive £50 book vouchers.
Enter on the Too Good to Go website before 7 May 2020.
Win Robot kits and books
UK Robotics have two creative judged competitions running, both ending on 8 May 2020:
- 5-7 year olds can enter the Draw A Robot drawing competition for the chance to win a Robotics Experiment kit and Flexistix Creativity kit
- 7-11 year olds can enter the Once Upon a Robot story competition for the chance to win a Programmable Robot kit, a signed copy of A.F. Harrold’s “Greta Zargo and The Death Robots from Outer Space” and a copy of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s “Runaway Robot”
Win your own chocolate bar wrapper designed and printed
Kernow Chocolate are giving a £10 gift voucher away every week to their favourite chocolate bar wrapper design on their weekly theme! The overall winner will be chosen from the 6 weekly winners and will receive 12 bars featuring their winning design.
All the details are on the Kernow Facebook page and the weekly competition closes at 5pm each Friday until 8 May 2020.
Win your own Farrow & Ball paint colour
This competition from Farrow & Ball is such a lovely one! Children (aged 4-18) need to take a photo inspired by a colour in nature – and there will be a winner chosen for each of the UK, France, Germany and USA/Canada.
If your colour is one of the four winners, you’ll win 10 litres of your very own paint colour, plus a trip to Farrow & Ball in Dorset to see how their colours are made (including travel and accommodation), and a private breakfast at the Natural History Museum.
To enter, upload a photo taken in nature, say where the picture was taken and what you would like the name of your paint colour to be. Entries will be judged on the most unique source, most fun/inventive name, and diversity and uniqueness in colour palette.
Win Go Ape vouchers
Returning for a fourth year, the Go Ape Adventure Stories competition for children aged 4-12 is now running! The top prizes are a class trip to Go Ape, plus 30 books for the winner’s class.
To enter, your child should write a story (100-500 words) about an adventure they’ve been on OR anywhere their imagination has taken them – or children can draw a picture of their adventure on A4 paper. There are two age categories: 4-7 years old and 8-12 years old, and four Go Ape Adventure Box prizes will be awarded to the winning story and drawing in each of these categories. The overall winner in each age category will also win a Micro-scooter, a class trip to Go Ape, and 30 books for the winner’s class.
Upload your child’s entry to the Go Ape website – where you can also check out previous winners and download helpful resources. Unfortunately the link to the T&Cs currently goes to the 2019 T&Cs PDF, I’ve contacted Go Ape and hopefully they’ll update it soon. The closing date has been extended to 19 April 2020.
Win your food story featured in The Week Junior, or Delicious magazine
The Young Food Writer of the Year competition is for aspiring young food writers in three age categories (10 and under, 11–14 and 15–18) to submit a piece of writing with the theme ‘‘Food and Heroes’ .
Each category winner will receive an invite to the Guild of Food Writers Awards ceremony on 16 June, a £100 book token, and cookery books. One runner up per age group will win a £25 book token and will also be invited to the awards ceremony.
Winners in the two younger categories will have their stories featured in The Week Junior, visit The Week Junior office and win a year’s subscription to The Week Junior.
The winner in the 15-18 category story will have their story featured in delicious magazine, a visit to the delicious. office and test kitchen, and win a year’s subscription to delicious. magazine.
Entry details are at https://theweekjunior.co.uk/foodandheroes and the closing date is 30 April 2020.
Win books from Toppsta
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!
Every Wednesday and 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!
Do you have any more tips for keeping the kids busy comping while they’re stuck at home? Let me know in the comments!