Competitions for kids: round-up spring 2010

By Rachel Hayward | 04 February 2010
Showing Sarah Brown inside 10 Downing Street with a child who has won an art competition and she is holding her colourful picture

Sarah Brown at Number 10 Downing Street with Nethmi Alahapperuma, winner of 5 - 7 category in the 2009 Environment Art competition, November 25 2009. Available to view on Downing Street's flickr stream. Crown copyright

News: a clutch of great competitions have landed in our inbox for spring 2010 - so we thought we'd bring them all to your attention in a round-up.

Number 10 Art Competition - Keeping Healthy
Downing Street's new competition for young painters, sketchers or digital artists is on the theme of Keeping Healthy. Number 10 is looking for the best drawings, paintings or sketches on the theme. The winning pictures will be hung in the waiting room of 10 Downing Street and the artists will be invited to the house to see their work on display. The panel of judges are looking for creativity and artistic flair when choosing the best pictures from three age groups: 5-7, 8-11 and 12-16 years. Artwork should be on a landscape, A3 piece of paper and posted to:
Direct Communications Unit
10 Downing Street
The closing date for the competition is February 25 2010.

Showing the Seven Stories logo with an open book

Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books has a 5th birthday competition for children. Courtesy Seven Stories

Art: design a logo for Seven Stories the Centre for Children’s Books
Seven Stories are asking children to design a special logo to celebrate the Centre’s 5th birthday. The winning design could be featured in print for a special birthday feature. The winner will also be invited to Seven Stories' special birthday celebration as well as receive a bag full of goodies. Download an entry form and send in designs to Seven Stories logo competition, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle NE1 2PQ, or drop in to reception on your next to the centre if you live locally. The winner will be notified by March 31 2010.

Screenshot of an art competition on a website with a central image of a boy in a white tshirt covered in paint

Make Your Mark student art competition. Courtesy Daler-Rowney

KS1 - and beyond: Make Your Mark student art competition
The Make Your Mark art competition from Daler-Rowney has just been extended until April 1 2010. It offers students, from early years upwards, the opportunity to be recognised for their artistic talent by being featured in a London gallery exhibition. The winner will also receive £1,000 worth of Daler-Rowney art materials for their school.

Showing the poet Michael who is bearded and smiling and leaning against a wall

Former Children's Laureate, poet Michael Rosen. Courtesy Jigsaw4u

Short story competition: Jigsaw4u
Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007-2009, is heading a panel of judges in a short story competition for children in aid of national children's charity Jigsaw4u. Entrants also have the option of sending in an illustration.

The theme of the competition is loss and this can be interpreted in any way. It could be the loss of a favourite toy or pet, the impact of divorce or the death of a relative. It is entirely up to them. The deadline for entry is April 30 2010. There are three categories: 5-8 year olds (500 words), 9 to 13 year olds (800 words) and 14 to 18 year olds (1,500 words). They can send in an illustration to accompany the story - only one per entry. There is an entry fee of £5. To download an entry form and find more details please visit the Jigsaw4u website.

Showing a mole sticking its head and front paws out of a mole hill

There are competitions linked to National Science and Engineering Week, March 12 - 21, 2010. Courtesy the British Science Association

NSEW 2010: competitions
Don't forget there are National Science and Engineering Week competitions. NSEW is March 12 - 21, 2010, including the Endanger Rangers and Nature's Engineers' competitions. This year's theme is Earth in support of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

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