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Kids Are Authors Contest Sponsored by Scholastic

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Do you know a child who is a gifted writer or artist? Are you looking for ways to encourage him or her to use those skills?

If so, you might want to check out the Kids Are Authors competition sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs. It is a yearly contest for all students in Kindergarten to 8th grade (in American and U.S. international schools). Since the goal of the contest is to also teach kids how to work better in groups, the rules stipulate that students must work in teams of three or more kids with an adult project coordinator to write and illustrate their own book. The Kids Are Authors competition encourages kids to use their writing and artistic skills, as well as creativity, teamwork, social skills, and communication skills.


Important Dates:

All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012 in order to be eligible for the 2012 Kids Are Authors Competition. The winners will be announced by May 31, 2012.

Contest Prizes:

Grand Prizes — The two grand-prize winning books will be published by Scholastic and sold at Book Fairs all over the United States. There will be one fiction and one nonfiction book chosen. Each winning team will also receive $5,000 in merchandise from the Scholastic Book Fairs School Resource Catalog to be awarded to the public/private school or non-profit organization of their choice and 100 copies of their published book. Each student will also earn a gold medal and a framed award certificate.

Honeorable Mentions — In addition to the big prizes, there will also be 25 honorable mentions selected. Each winning team will earn $500 in merchandise from the Scholastic Book Fairs School Resource Catalog to be awarded to the public/private school or non-profit organization of their choice. Each participating kid in the winning groups will also receive an award certificate.

Guidelines and Rules:

Learn more about Kids Are Authors by visiting the Scholastic website. You can also find the full contest guidelines and offical rules and specifics on how to enter the contest there.

Good luck to all the kids who enter!

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Authors and Businesses: Creative Kids Ideas Wants You!

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Calling all authors and businesses! We want your help. Creative Kids Ideas is interested in connecting with authors and companies interested in sponsoring contests and giveaways for our Creative Kids Ideas readers in 2012. CKI’s readers are awesome and really deserve some cool goodies! Plus, we promise to give you lots of great publicity. (We’re also willing to provide reviews of your books and products.)

Please keep in mind that Creative Kids Ideas features content about kids, children’s crafts, parenting, teaching, and other kid-related topics. Those are also the types of products we are interested in reviewing and giving away.

Anyone interested can reach us at, use the Contact form on our site, or reply in the comments section below.

Creative Kids Ideas Readers: We’d also appreciate your help in spreading the word! Thanks and a Happy 2012 to all of you.

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Zubels Contest Winner Announced!

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I apologize for the delay in announcing the winner of the Zubels character giveaway. I’ve been away from the computer for a few days, enjoying out-of-town guests. So, instead of keeping you in suspense any longer, I’ll just go ahead and give you the results!

There were a total of 18 entries made for this contest. Thanks to the help a cool widget from, the winner of Creative Kids Ideas’ first contest was determined this morning. The winning number is 15.

Congratulations to Renee Dykes! You are our first winner. Look for an email from me soon with further instructions on how to claim your prize from Zubels. :D

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Win Your Own Zubels Character – Review and Giveaway

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Win your own Zubels character!

Giveaway - Win Your Own Zubels character! Photo courtesy of: Zubels

Creative Kids Ideas is always on the hunt for great products for kids, so when I was contacted by Zubels, I was more than happy to pass the information along to my readers. Even better, one lucky reader will win an adorable hand knit character from Zubels!

So here’s the lowdown. What are Zubels?

Zubels are  fun, affordable hand knit characters, made with 100% organic cotton yarn and eco-friendly dyes. Zubels, brought to consumers by Renzo Company Inc., offers quality made dolls, hand puppets, rattles, and baby teethers in a variety of styles, sizes, and characters.  They provide kids with safe, creative characters such as “Cow-leen”, the cow who love to eat mac n’ cheese, Ricky “Rotten” Banana, the rockstar monkey who loves to rock-a-bye, and “Arr-Nee,” the treasure-hunting pirate.

Caty with "Twirly Cute" Bella, "Mr. Claus" Santa, and the football rattle all from Zubels

Zubels provided Creative Kids Ideas with a few sample products to review. We received “Twirly Cute” Bella, “Mr. Claus” Santa, and a football rattle. Both of the dolls in the picture to the left are the 7″ ones. (By the way, they are the perfect size for stocking stuffers this Christmas!) So, my five-year old and I decided to put them to the test. We tugged (Because, let’s face it. There will be tugging and pulling on dolls when more than one kid is involved!), we hand-washed, and we played. And this is what we found:

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing! We loved them. In fact, I had to pry them away from her just to get a closer look! Santa has slept with her every night since he arrived in the mail. :)

What we liked:

  • The quality and durability of these hand knit characters are excellent! We pulled and tugged on these dolls and the stitching never even budged. If they can hold up to my five-year old (who’s still learning about gentleness with her toys — and sometimes with her sister!), Zubels products have my endorsement for durability.
  • The bright colors and attention to detail make every character unique and get your child’s attention. I also love that the doll held up great to a handwashing test! None of the colors bled, the yarn looks the same as before it was washed, and it’s still soft.
  • "Cow-leen" the Cow. Photo courtesy of: Zubels

  • They are eco-friendly and safe for kids of all ages. The dyes Zubels uses are low impact and don’t contain harmful chemicals. They also don’t add small pieces or plastic materials, so the products are suitable for ages birth and up.
  • They are affordable. Zubels offers quality toys at very reasonable prices. The majority of the products range from about $7-17. And you’re getting a very nice item that’s well worth the price!
  • They encourage creativity in kids. Zubels provides children with cute characters and leaves the rest up to their imaginations. They’re a nice, quiet toy for kids to snuggle or pretend with, without all the distracting bells and whistles.

Now for the fun part! You can win a Zubels character of your own!

Zubels has agreed to send one lucky reader an adorable Zubels character (12″ or smaller). Take a look at the Zubels online catalog and choose your top three favorites. If, for any reason, none of those choices are available, a suitable replacement will be sent. Zubels will do their best to provide the winner with one of their three favorites.

Here’s how to enter:

Post a comment on this post including your name and email address. For each one of the items listed below that you do, I will add another entry with your name into the drawing. Be sure to also let me know all the things you do in your comment!

1. Become a fan of Creative Kids Ideas on Facebook. Are you already a fan? Well, thanks a bunch! Let me know that in your comment too.
2. Share Creative Kids Ideas with your friends using the “Suggest to Friends” option on the left side of the CKI Facebook page.
3. Share the link to this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook.
4. Become a Google friend of Creative Kids Ideas.
5. Add Creative Kids Ideas to the blog roll on your own blog. Post a link in your comment!

The contest begins as of now, October 15th, and will end at 11:59 PM on Saturday, October 23rd.

Ready. Set. Go!

Disclaimer: Creative Kids Ideas was provided free samples for review from Zubels. I received no payment for this review and was under no obligation to write a positive review in exchange for the items. This review was solely on my own experience and opinion of the products.

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Fun Halloween Contest for Kids

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Fun Halloween contest for kids

Fun Halloween contest for kids

Teaching children to write simple poems is an excellent way to help kids tap into their creativity and express themselves freely. One of the first, and simplest, forms of poetry many kids learn to write is the acrostic poem. This type of poem involves spelling out the subject vertically and then using each letter to start a new line of poetry. An acrostic poem can tell a brief story about the subject or simply describe it. It works well with kids of all ages, because it offers a concrete format while still allowing plenty of room for individual interpretation and can be as simple or complex as the child chooses.

Want to try a simple acrostic poem exercise to get your students or children in the Halloween spirit? Check out this fun Halloween contest for kids sponsored by a writer friend of mine, Kathy Foust. Here’s a quick rundown of the contest rules:

Template for Halloween acrostic poem

Template for Halloween acrostic poem, Courtesy of: Kathy Foust

Kids will write an acrostic poem using the word “Halloween”. The theme for the poem should center on fall or Halloween. It will be 9 lines long, and each line must start with the corresponding letter in the word “Halloween”. Winners will each receive a fun glow in the dark kit.

What ages can enter?

There will be three age categories for this Halloween contest.

Mini-Pumpkin — Kids Ages 5-10

Jack O’Lantern — Kids Ages 10-13

Great Pumpkin — Kids Ages 13-18


The contest began on October 1 and will run until October 22.

For complete contest rules and submission guidelines, read Halloween Contest for Kids on Kathy’s website.

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Responsibility Project: For the Win Essay Contest for Teens

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Kids – especially teenagers – count down the days until summer break, and then once it arrives, spend a few weeks lounging and the majority of it complaining about how bored they are. Although parents want their kids to enjoy the time off and make memories, they also want them to find productive ways to spend the summer such as helping with chores, working at camp, exploring new hobbies, meeting new friends, or volunteering in the community.

This summer, Liberty Mutual is giving teens extra incentive to get off the couch and get involved with the Responsibility Project: For the Win essay contest. To help motivate kids to participate, Liberty Mutual has partnered with young Zach Bonner, founder of the Little Red Wagon Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides aid to distressed kids across America.

Here’s what Zach has to say about the contest and his current project, March Across America:

Check out the contest details:

Entry dates: July 6, 2010 through August 31, 2010

Winners announced: September 2010

Eligibility ages: Teenagers between 13-17 years old

How to enter: Your teen must write and submit an essay of 300 words or less sharing how he or she helped a family member, friend, or the community during the summer. Entries should clearly describe how they are using the summer to do the right thing.

Contest Prizes: Five winners will be featured on, have the opportunity to guest blog, and have $500 donated to the non-profit organization of their choice.

You can read the full contest rules and other helpful information on their website.