Fun kids summer competitions

Here we go again – next week we’ll be all set for six weeks of full-time kids action! We’ve got a great prize trip to Sweden and a weekend at The Green Man Festival lined up for our summer holidays, but in between those we’ll be down on Brighton Beach, playing tennis and football – and hopefully I’ll convince Ryland to do a little comping too!

Here’s my round up of creative kids (and family) competitions to keep you busy this summer…. if you spot any more, feel free to leave a link in the comments!

Win a stay in Cornwall, £200 Konfidence voucher, a Trunki & more…

8 year olds and under can enter their creative sand castles in the Konfidence Sand Art competition – the winner gets a trophy, but also a £200 voucher to spend on any products at, a £200 Mark Warner holiday voucher, an overnight stay at The Polurrian Bay Hotel, Mullion, Cornwall, a Trunki suitcase, Penguin PaddlePak and EAT Range. Second and third placed entrants also get a trophy and Trunki/Konfidence products! The competition ends on 30th September 2018 – weekly winners get a certificate and every entrant will receive a metal badge! Get all the details on the Konfidence Facebook page (for inspiration, you can see the 2016 winners here)

Win a Nintendo Switch

Design a superhero for Scholastic Books – the best one will win a Nintendo Switch and game, a £50 superhero book bundle and a £250 book bundle for their school. Three runners-up will win a £30 superhero book bundle. Open to under 13s – download an entry form, upload a photo of it here, (or pop in the post!) – the closing date is 31 July 2018.

Win a £200 craft bundle

Enter the Hobbycraft Mini Makers competition with a photo of your child’s crafty creation – top prize winner in each of the 3-7 and 8-13 age groups gets a £200 crafting bundle, and five runners up get a kids craft kit. Enter on the Hobbycraft blog – closing date is 2nd September 2018.

Win a giant bucket of Goo

Smiggle have a giant bucket of goo to be won in every store – enter by filling out a form in store (or online at and say in 25 words or less what makes you feel goo-d! T&Cs state that entries will be judged on their creative merit, originality and suitability. The online form doesn’t give you an option to chose your local store, so I would suggest you plan your tiebreaker answer in advance, then pop to a store to fill out an entry form to give yourself the best chance of winning your local store’s prize. Closes on 31st July 2018.

Win return EasyJet flights for 6

Your child (aged 6-12) needs to finish this sentence (up to 400 words!): “I looked out of the plane window and saw…”

The best entry will be judged and wins flights for 6 to an EasyJet destination of their choice! Ends 31st August 2018. Enter your story at

Win your story published in a book

For this year’s Jacqueline Wilson competition, 7-12 year olds should write a story between 750 and 1000 words long about an UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP using the first line below:

I’d wanted to find a special friend ever since I came here. However, I never thought I’d find such an amazing one! 

One lucky winner will have their story published in a Jacqueline Wilson book and will receive £100 WH Smith Vouchers, a year’s subscription to First News, a book bundle for their school library and get to meet Jacqueline herself. 500 runners up will also get their names published in the same Jacqueline Wilson novel! This one ends on 14th September 2018. Enter here.

WhipperSnapperKids competitions

Download the Early Man activity sheet, get your child to complete it and snap a photo of them holding it. One winner chosen at random wins a three night stay at a Canvas Lodge. Ten runners up get Early Man on DVD. Enter by 31st August 2018. 

Also at WhipperSnapperKids, download the Paddington activity sheet and upload a photo to win a Classic British Hotels Break. This one ends 30th July 2018.

And for younger kids, download the What the Ladybird Heard activity sheet and upload a photo before 30th July 2018. One random winner wins a bundle of Julia Donaldson books.

Win a Merlin Annual Family Pass

Pop down to Poundland and pick up any Maped Helix stationery products from the promotional stand in store, take a photo of your purchases, post on the Maped Helix Facebook page – and one entrant (chosen at random) will win a Merlin Annual Pass! This one closes on 30th August 2018.

Win a holiday or bedroom makeover

Download a Crusha Cats leaflet at, and count the cats for the chance to win a holiday, or a £1000 bedroom makeover.

You can enter both prize draws! Closes on 30th September 2018.

Win a trip to Borneo

Nat Geo Kids run their photography competition every year – to enter, kids must be aged between 6 and 14 and submit photos on the theme of animals, scenery or people. Top prize is a family trip to Borneo and category winners win Coolpix waterproof cameras. Enter here before 28 August 2018.

More tips

  • Don’t forget about the Swizzels sweet design, Mr Kipling cake design and Cadbury chocolate bar design competitions too – read more about these in my post Sweet prizes for creative compers.
  • Check my advice on entering competitions in kids comics and magazines – and look out for the mags where you can only enter on the forms as entry numbers will be low.
  • Don’t miss out on this chance to win one of a thousand family Cineworld tickets – enter your details at before 31st August 2018!
  • Hollywood Bowl have the chance to win a trip to Hollywood, plus lots of other prizes if you get a strike including the special Coca-Cola pins – and if you take a photo of the venue’s standee, then post your photo on Facebook you can win prizes too.
  • Pop in to the Entertainer toy shop – they have Ben 10 and Incredibles 2 entry forms to post in store (both close 15th August 2018)

Have a fantastic summer!

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