Do your children love exploring parks, gardens and the great outdoors? Perhaps they have a fascination with creepy crawlies? Then it’s time to get them designing their very own bug!

To celebrate our Backyard Explorer book, which is full of ideas on how to discover the world just beyond your doorstep, we’ve teamed up with Learning Resources, who specialise in creating toys to help children learn as they play. We want our young adventurers to let their imaginations go wild as they create their very own backyard bug.

The winner will receive some amazing goodies, including an ‘Explorer Bundle’ from Learning Resources and a selection of Lonely Planet Kids books, as well as seeing their artwork published on our Lonely Planet Kids blog.

Ready to get drawing? Get set, go!

The task

Download our activity sheet or get creative on a blank piece of paper to design your very own backyard bug. It can be as colourful and as crazy as you like.

How to enter

Please ensure a parent or guardian emails the entry to, including the following information:

– Entrant’s name and age
– The bug’s name and what makes the bug special
– The drawing or high-resolution photograph of the work of art (a scan is also fine, maximum three per entry)

Entries must be received by 11.59pm (BST) on Friday 8 September. The competition is open to entrants aged under 16.

With all entries, please include confirmation that you are happy for us to share your child’s entry on our Lonely Planet Kids blog and excerpts on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Without this confirmation your entry is not valid. Please note that we are not able to confirm receipt of your entry and we are unable to accept entries which do not meet the word count or submission requirements.

The prize

As well as having their work published on our Lonely Planet Kids blog, the winner will receive an ‘Explorer’s Bundle’ from Learning Resources which includes GeoSafari® Jr Kidnoculars, GeoSafari® My First Microscope, GeoSafari® Jr BugOpticals Colour Mixing Lenses, GeoSafari® Jr Critter Habitat, GeoSafari®Jr Bugnoculars, GeoSafari® Jr Subscope (total value £100) and a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books worth £60.

Three runners-up will receive a copy of Lonely Planet Kids Backyard Explorer book and will also have their work published on our blog.

Lonely Planet may choose to publish other notable entries.

Our partner

Learning Resources’ mission is to help children love to learn. For over 30 years we’ve been creating toys that spark understanding, build educational skills and empower children to take on the world! Learning is where we play.

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