Keep the family busy with these creative kids competitions!

With the lockdown lingering and wintry weather upon us, 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… 

Win an iPad

For the ITN My News in 65 competition, children need to make a clip of up to 65 seconds about something they care about. Winners will be chosen in two age groups: 7-10 and 11-14. Each winner will win an iPad, a virtual mentoring session with one of the judges, and a chance to visit the London-based ITN newsrooms and watch one of the programmes being broadcast live. All the details are on the ITN website. Closing date is 23 November 2020.

Win Tom Gates books & a Skype call with Liz Pichon

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tom Gates Scholastic are asking fans to draw their own Tom Gates cover – creator Liz Pichon will choose her favourites to appear in a Tom Gates book! All winners will win a signed book, signed print, limited edition badge and a bag of goodies. The overall winner will also receive a Skype visit from Liz to a chosen school. Doodled entries need to:

  • Have the words TOM GATES on them
  • Include characters from the books (Tom, Delia, Marcus, etc).
  • Be black & white!
  • Be postcard size! (Portrait or landscape is fine)

Get entries in before 23 November 2020 by tweeting with #TomGates10 or email to – full details are on the Scholastic website.

Toyota Dream Car Competition

The Toyota Dream Car competition returns for a 14th year, and is open to all under 15s. The top three best UK entries will be selected in each of the three age categories (under 8, 9-11, 12-15), with the Gold winner receiving an iPad, Silver and Bronze winners receiving a Samsung tablet and all winners receiving a Toyota goody bag. The winners then go on to the Global Contest with a chance of winning $5,000, plus $10,000 for their school. Entries must be hand drawn on paper. Closing date is 4 December 2020 – find out more at

The Big Issue Christmas cover competition

Every year The Big Issue invite children under 13 to design a Christmassy front cover to feature on their magazine. There’s also a special prize for the best group entry – from a school or nursery class or any other group of youngsters who send in a bundle of entries. All the details are on the Big Issue website – closing date is 23 November 2020. 

Christmas Card Design Competitions

  • Win £1,000 for a Jet2 family holiday
    Design a Christmas card for Jet2 featuring Santa and you could win £1000 towards a Jet2 holiday! Enter on the Jet 2 Facebook page. No age limits specified. Closing date is 24 November 2020.
  • Win a £300 Amazon gift card
    Royal Mail are running a Christmas card design competition for 4-16 year olds with a prize of a £300 Amazon gift card. Entries should be posted to FREEPOST ROYAL MAIL CHRISTMAS, the T&Cs are here and it closes on 4 December 2020.
  • Win a £50 Home Bargains voucher
    5-11 year olds can design a Christmas card to be sold at Home Bargains in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Entries should be posted along with the competition entry form and 12 winners will win a £50 Home Bargains voucher and see their designs in store! Closing date is 31 January 2021.
  • Win Go Ape family pass & merchandise
    5-10 year olds can design a card with the theme of ‘Christmas Outdoors’ – the winner’s design be featured on Go Ape Christmas cards and they will also win a Go Ape Family Pass and a merchandise bundle (2 adult sweatshirts, 2 child sweatshirts, 4x bobble hats, 4x gloves). One runner up will win a family pass Details are on the Go Ape website and it closes on 27 November 2020.

Win signed copies of The Griffin Gate

Draw yourself as a warden for the chance to win one of three copies of The Griffin Gate signed by Vashti Hardy. Download the PDF and then upload your entry here before 30 November 2020.

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! 

Sing up to receive the free LEGO® Life Magazine for kids 5-9 years old. It’s packed with comic strips, activities, posters and even the occasional creative competition!
Sign up to receive LEGO® Life for free 4 times a year via my affiliate link at

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!

15 Responses

  1. 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

  2. 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 …

  3. 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.

  4. Deborah says:

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

  5. Krisha says:

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

  6. Alyson says:

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

  7. 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”

  8. 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

  9. Di says:

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

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