Kids Contests: Engages Your Child

By: Erinpetersville
As summer approaches many parents worry that their children will run rampant in the streets, getting into trouble and generally misbehaving, just as they did when they were children. Nowadays, the new threat to productive childhood summer memories is in the form of video games and the Internet. Both can be harmful activities if not used in moderation and creatively. One of the funnest uses for kids on the internet is to help encourage them to take the time to enter many different kinds of online kids contests.

The first type of contest is children photography contests. Digital cameras, even cell phones, make it extremely easy nowadays for children to become the next Ansell Adams. Taking pictures while on family vacation, especially ones involving nature, such as when on trips to national parks or famous landscapes, would make excellent entries in an online children photography contest.

Picture contests are similar to photography contests, but instead of using a digital camera or cell phone to take pictures of the world around them, kids would take pen or paint or pencil to paper to draw their interpretation of the world around them, expressing themselves as only they know how. The pictures could then be scanned into the computer and uploaded to online picture contests.

Numerous contests for kids abound on the internet. A quick Google search will turn up many different kinds of contests, from short story writing and essays, to drawing and reading. I even came across one that had kids writing an imaginary adventure story of their travels around the world. What a great way to encourage learning about culture and geography! Most of the prizes for these contests are about scholarships and other cash awards, so I would definitely encourage your children to enter these contests.

If the internet is not your style, or you would like to limit your child's access to it, then by all means, take a trip to the local bookstore or library, and seek out the many contest magazines housed there. There are complete magazines that cater to contests of all sorts, from writing, to drawing to photography. And it would get your kids out of the house once in a while.

And of course, every parent knows that their little angel is just that - a little angel. So why not prove it to the world once and for all and enter that little cherub into any one of the numerous online cute baby contests being run all across the internet.

If you are worried that the internet is just as addictive, just as bad as video game consoles, think of it as an outlet to their creativity. Find contests online that cater to the old-fashioned talents, like writing and drawing. There might even be contests involving acting and drama. The world wide web is open to all kinds of these contests.

Kids contests are a fun, exciting way to keep kids from wasting away their summer break on mindless, useless, nonprocuctive activities. It is also a tremendously enjoyable way for parents and their kids to come together in a creative way, to secure the bonds of childhood memories in the hearts of their loved ones forever.
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