Want a bit of structure to half term week? Try one of these family challenges. Click on the images for more information.
1. BFI's See Yourself on Screen Challenge
The BFI is challenging kids aged 4–18 to come up with an idea for their own mini-TV show in Lockdown. There are 3 categories: ages 4–7, 8–13 and 14–18. Winning entrants will receive expert advice from Dr Ranj, TV personality and challenge Ambassador, who will help turn their ideas into reality.
Winning shows will be aired on Channel 5’s Milkshake!, CITV, E4, S4C and TG4. But be quick, you only have until Monday, 25 May to make your 30 second pitch!
2. Alexandra Palace and Little Inventors' Wildlife Challenge
To celebrate the space and the natural world, kids up to the age of 16 are challenged to design a new invention to protect one of the 319 different species found in Alexandra Park. Winning entries will get their design made into a real installation and displayed in the park! You have longer for this one - the deadline for entries is 31 July. CBBC's Naomi Wilkinson introduces the challenge here.
3. The National Book Token & Puffin Big Dreamers Writing Competition
Puffin Books is celebrating its 80th birthday this year with the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams. To celebrate children aged 6-18 are invited to write their own 300-word short story on the subject BIG DREAMS.
Three categories - ages 6–10, 11–15, 16–18 - will be judged by leading children's and YA authors. The winning entries in each category will win £200 of book tokens, plus lots of runners up prizes. The deadline for entries is next Thursday, 28 May and winning stories will be published on the National Book Tokens website.
4. Nature In Your Neighbourhood Film-making Challenge
Using the nature around them, children aged 5-19 are invited to create a short film, 3-minutes or less, inspired by the calmness of their surroundings in Lockdown. With fewer people out and about in cars or on the streets, the films should show what they have come to notice or appreciate while spending more time in their local area. Entries are in with a chance of winning a home filmmaking bundle worth £300 or a year's subscription to Netflix. The closing date for entries is Friday, 19 June.
5. V&A Rainbow Challenge
The V&A has invited everyone in lockdown to create and send in their homemade signs to enter the permanent collection. Anything from drawings of rainbows to hand-written messages which have been created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures are being sought after. Images should be submitted via the email address email@example.com.
6. Hold Still
The Duchess of Cambridge and the National Portrait Gallery have launched this landmark community project to create a photographic portrait of the nation. People of all ages are invited to take a photo which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation during the current times. The portrait should represent the nation as we Hold Still for the good of others, to celebrate those who have continued so that we can stay safe. The closing date for entries is 18 June and one hundred shortlisted portraits will be featured in a digital exhibition open to all and will also be shown across the UK later in the year. Watch the Duchess of Cambridge explain the project here.
Jemima Turner, 20 May 2020