SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Comping with kids!



Half term has started here in Kent and if like me you don’t get that many of your normal comps entered then make the most of the children being off and check out local and creative promotions that they can get stuck into!


Local shopping centres, radios, newspapers and the like all usually run short-closing ‘local’ comps when the children are off. Promotions generally attract people and with the children needing to be kept amused businesses make the most of it. I visited London Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre on Saturday and there were a few outlets running different promotions. There was also the opportunity to get entered into a weekend away just for purchasing a gift card. So be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled when on your travels!


Take a look at my top tips for comping with kids;

  • Take lots of photographs on your outings; children usually make the most willing models. I took some pictures of my two at a nearby park which won me a gift voucher on my local newspaper’s Facebook page.
  • It could be a good time to start getting prepared for future comps; such as Easter etc. So get the kids making things in anticipation for creative entries. Easter bonnets, painting eggs, Easter stories etc. are all usually things that can be used towards comp entries. Remember to take lots of pics! It helps to keep the boredom at bay too!
  • Let them spend some pocket money at the local shop; children’s magazines always have competitions in and this could keep them busy on a rainy day.
  • Visit your local library. My children’s school always inform me of the diary of events that are on offer and there is always a little promotion that they can get stuck into.
  • Make the trip to the supermarket fun; get them looking out for any on pack comps! Walkers are doing one at the moment and they are on offer too. My two love whizzing up and down the aisles looking out for the word ‘WIN’! They are definitely catching Mummy’s passion for spotting competitions!
  • And finally keep an eye out on your weekly Simply Prizes update – we always feature some great comps for the kids.


Don’t forget to let me know if you and the kids have any wins over half term via info@oxonpress.co.uk or on our Facebook page. Good luck!


Sammy x


Week six – summer holiday kid’s comps! The end!

That’s it; the end is in sight - the kids are back to school next week! I actually can’t believe how quickly it has gone and it seems odd as we are still on our summer holiday. Back home Saturday though to a mountain of washing and getting the kids prepped for school. Although I was ultra-organised this year and all school uniform was bought, washed and ironed in the first week of the holidays; which is a nice feeling knowing it’s already done!


And to keep them occupied for the last few days, here are a couple more comps for the kids to get stuck into.


Win some Emoji merchandise by helping the kids to upload a fun selfie. Under 16’s must be entered by a parent. You can enter up to three times every day until 30th November although a maximum of one prize per week can be won by one person. More details and info on how to enter can be found here .


Draw your dream dinosaur and have the chance to get it printed on a giant bean bag and a family ticket to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. Open to entrants aged 11 and under you have until midnight on 30th September to enter. Full details and entry info can be found here .


Have fun with these ones and remember normality is nearly here! Keep an eye on the website tomorrow for your update of social media comps too. I may not be around tomorrow evening as will be getting ready to leave the lodge early Saturday morning but I’ll catch up with you all via our Facebook page when I’m back.


Have a great weekend.


Sammy x