Gamewagon’s Game Maker Summer Holiday Competition

Kids Summer Game Design Competition by Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators Video Game Design Canvas designed by Gamewagon

More than just code.

There is so much more to designing the games kids play than just code.  Some games end up as one play flops, whilst others deliver endless fun, challenges, and entertainment.
Like learning any language you learn by doing. Working on projects and using the language in situations that are important to you. Learning to code is no different but you have to start with a plan / design.
Kids love video games and when balanced with other activities provide great opportunity for problem solving, strategy, incremental process improvement, communication and team work. Learning to make their own games gives them the desire to learn to code on real projects that matter to them. We call it learning through play or guided discovery.

Gamewagon’s Summer Game Design Competition.

This summer we are encouraging your kids to have fun and take part in our game design competition. Every week will will award the best game design with a 12 Month Subscription to our online game design code club. Plus, for the game chosen for it’s creativity each week, we will actually record a video that will teach your kids how to make the game they designed in Scratch!

How to enter

1. Download our video game design canvas. Link Video Game Design Canvas and print out some copies.
2. Get some pens, pencils or crayons and fill out the canvas. Be creative, draw pictures, explain how it works, tell the story of your game.
3. Take a photo and email it to john.lilley@gamewagon.co.uk
4. Every Friday through the holidays a winner will be announced on our Facebook page and the following Friday the video released on our YouTube page.

Five chances to win

There are 5 chances to win during the summer as long as you submit your entries before midday on the following Fridays during the summer; 29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August, and 26th August.
You can enter one entry per week and everyone will be able to build the games that are chosen themselves so they can have fun building and playing the games over the holidays.

Junior Game Creator Summer Camps (Surrey, Middlesex, Essex and Kent)

If you enjoy this activity then do not forget to check out our super fun game design workshops being help across London. For more info click here.

Easter Cartoon Competition Winners Announced

We would like to thank everyone for his or her entries into the Gamewagon Easter cartoon competition. They have been tough to choose from and in the end the judges had to choose two winners to make it fair on the younger artists.

Here are the two winners final cartoons.

Winners of the Game Wagon Cartoon Competition

Our judges loved the high tech shading in Bailey’s cartoon and we liked the characters and flow to Isaac’s cartoon. In both cases I am sure you will agree they have done themselves proud. Well done.

You have both won a Gamewagon Party to enjoy with your friends. Congratulations, make sure you book in your date early as we book up very quickly.

We will keep you all posted on our next School Holiday competition soon. Thanks again for  all the entries and good luck next time if you were unsuccessful this time.

Win a Gamewagon party in our Easter holiday cartoon competition.

This years Easter holiday competition is a little different. This year we will be holding a Gamewagon video cartoon drawing competition and giving away a free Gamewagon Party to the winner!

We have provided a basic template for you to use and Jack has given you an example of his talents as an idea. Let your imagination run wild and enter as many times as you wish as inspiration grabs you. We are looking for a great characters, action and a lesson to the learned from the story.

Gamewagon Win a Video Game Party

So, start putting your thinking caps on then simply send us a photo of their video game based cartoon. It can be based on real characters or ones you have made up the choice is yours.

Download the template for our video game cartoon competition here and print as many copies as you like.

Gamewagon Comic Template

A photograph of your cartoon should be sent to drawing@gamewagon.co.uk before Monday 21st April 2014.

We will judge the entries and announce the winner on the 25th April 2014!!! The winner can choose a party for up to 12 guests at any time from Monday to Thursday during 2014.

Good luck and may the most creative mind win!!! (Sorry Jack nice try but no your example does not count.)

Win a Gamewagon Party in our Christmas Holiday Competition!

This years Christmas holiday competition is a little different. This year we will be giving Gamewagon video game model competitionaway a free Gamewagon Party to the winner of our video game modelling competition.

Models can be made out of anything you have available; Cardboard, toilet rolls, paper, tinfoil, plastic, lego, modelling clay, plasticine are all ideal for model creation.

So, start putting aside what they need over the holidays and then get ready to send us a photo of their video game character or scene. It can be based on real characters or made up the choice is yours.

A photograph of your model should be sent to drawing@gamewagon.co.uk before Monday 6th january 2014.

We will judge the entries from the 6th January and announce the winner on the 10th January 1014!!!  The winner can choose a party for up to 12 guests at any time from Monday to Thursday during 2014.

Good luck and may the best model win!!!

Half Term Competition: Create Your Own Video Game Idea

You do not have to wait a year for your kids birthday to come around to enjoy a Gamewagon party! Your son or daughter and up to 12 of their friends can play all their favourite games together in the Gamewagon by entering our special half term competition.

We have teamed up with Liam Twose at Young Games Maker. Liam is building a “game creating game” for children. It is still being developed at www.YoungGamesMaker.com. Many older children may have already used an application called Scratch or Concept 2 at school to develop programming skills. Liam aims to start the creative juices flowing earlier by developing a game that is fun and allows kids as young as 6 years old to create their own games.

All you need to do is get your kids to describe and draw their own video game idea by filling out our video game story board (Attached) and send to Gamewagon for a chance of winning! The winner will not only win a Gamewagon Party, they will get a version of their game developed by Liam!

To send to Gamewagon take a scan or photograph of the story board (Attached) and send to drawing@gamewagon.co.uk. Simples!!!

When we were “knee high to a grasshopper” we remember creating our own games by typing lines and lines of code. Today, the development process is too complicated for many to try it. However, Liam is developing an App that will allow kids to learn the basics, be creative and develop their own games!

We are looking for inspiration from your kids imagination. What is the game called? What is the aim? Where is the game set? Who are the characters? What do they have to overcome? The limit should only be their own imagination and the winner gets a version of their game created!

Everyone is welcome to try so feel free to forward this to your friends so everyone has a chance to win!

Download the story board entry sheet – Your Own Game – Competition Sheet

We will post the submitted games and pictures in our special half term competition album on our Gamewagon Facebook Page and we will announce the winner on Monday, 11th November 2013.

Conditions: The Gamewagon party is for up to 12 people. To be held within 12 months of the winning announcement date. Must be held within London and the Home Counties.

The created game will be the designers interpretation of the game described and drawn. It will be playable but may not contain all elements described.

Summer Holiday Colouring Competition

After the success of our last competition we would like to introduce you to our new Gamewagon – George!

cartoon gamewagon

Gamewagon George bursting with video game party fun for all.

Attached is a PDF for you to print out and colour in. Grab some colouring pens or pencils and bring George to life. Download PDF

When you are finished, take a photo or scan and send to drawing@gamewagon.co.uk and the winner will get their very own Gamewagon Party for up to 10 guests.

The winner will be announced on the 31st August.

Half Term Drawing Competition

You do not have to wait a year for your kids birthday to come around to enjoy a Gamewagon party!

Your son or daughter and up to 10 of their friends can play all their favourite games together in the Gamewagon by entering our special half term competition.

All they need to do is draw or model their favourite video game characters, include a caption and send to Gamewagon a chance of winning! Read More>>