If your kids are looking for something intriguing to do now that school’s out, set them loose on these three contests. They can have fun being creative and might even win a prize.
— Luden’s invites kids to come up with a 30- to 60-second jingle for the company’s throat lozenges, using the theme “Surprisingly Soothing. Simply Delicious.” The grand prize winner with have the jingle featured on ludens.com and will win $2,500 and a year’s supply of Luden’s projects. Enter by June 29 by following the directions at ludens.com/contest. Ten finalists will be selected for a final “People’s Choice” vote from July 23 - Aug. 17.
— Burger King invites children ages 6 to 12 to design their own iconic Burger King crown; visit BKCrown.com. The winner gets a paid vacation for four to Legoland Park, and will be the national face of the Burger King crown kid’s meal. Entries accepted through Sept. 3; then one finalist from each state will be added to an online photo gallery. Burger King will narrow the field to a final four, and then the public will vote for a winner from Oct. 1 to 12. The final winner will be announced in December.
— K’NEXpert search competition invites kids from 5 to 12 to design creative, original models made entirely from K’NEX parts. Three winners — from age groups 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 12 will win $5,000 each and a trip for three to the K’NEX headquarters near Philadelphia. Entries will be judged on creativity, uniqueness and detail. Enter by Sept. 4; entry forms and information at Knex.com. Submissions must include a photo of the creation and a one-minute video or one-page summary of the project. The photo here is of one of last year's winners in the 9 to 12 year old category; she created a K'NEX ball gown.