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Design a Bug Competition


Schools can win a visit from Naturalist & TV Presenter Nick Baker. Free My Living World Ant World & World Worm kits for 250 schools plus STEM learning packs!

As British summertime approaches, primary school pupils are being invited to explore the world of living creatures by taking part in a competition to design their own bug.

Launched by My Living World and the award-winning website KiddyCharts, the ‘DESIGN A BUG’ competition asks pupils to create their own weird and wonderful insects, inspired by creatures they’ve seen in the school playground or local park. 

Championed by Nick Baker, My Living World nature study kits support National Curriculum KS1 and KS2. They are available to buy from Argos, Smyths and other retailers.

Design a Bug Competition

Open to primary school pupils aged 4-11 years, kids can bring their imaginary insects to life using drawing, painting, 3D art or a computer. From beautiful butterflies to super slimy slugs, pupils can let their creativity and imagination run wild, while teachers can link the activity to learning about animals and habitats.

Colour in the fun DESIGN A BUG template or make your own bug design and take a picture to enter. Fantastic prizes include a visit from Nick Baker to the winning school and cool My Living World nature study kits. Deadline for entry is 18th June, 6pm. 

How to enter DESIGN A BUG competition is listed further down.


Request A Free Ant World and Worm World!

To help schools get started with the competition, My Living World and KiddyCharts are offering two free nature study kits to the first 250 UK based primary schools that are planning to enter the DESIGN A BUG competition.

Designed by Nick Baker, the Ant World and Worm World kits support National Curriculum KS1 and KS2 and help kids to build their very own insect habitats to watch a real bug’s life up close. Terms & Conditions apply.

Click here to sign up for Ant World and Worm World (enter by 6pm, 18th June 2021 - while stocks last)

Download My Living World KS1/KS2 STEM Learning Pack

A free My Living World KS1/KS2 resource pack can also be downloaded here or from KiddyCharts. It contains exciting classroom activities to help teachers bring the natural world to life!

How To Enter DESIGN A BUG Competition

We have 3 ways to enter the Design a Bug Competition. Take a picture of the design and enter by google form, email or social media.

Entries must be completed by a representative of a primary school, teacher or an adult with parental responsibilities for the child who is entering. A UK primary school must be nominated for a visit with each entry. If a runner up’s school isn’t available, we will select another winner for the visit from Nick Baker. Terms and Conditions apply.

  1. By Google Form:

Click here to fill out your details and upload your Design a Bug Entries as image files

  1. By Email:

Send entries to:

Please include the following details for your entry to be counted:

  • Name of Adult submitting (First and Surname):
  • Name of Primary School:
  • Class year(s) of Child(ren) submitting the entry:
  • Number of children's entries you are submitting with this email (send multiple emails if you have a lot):
  • Full address of school, including postcode to send the kits to (addresses will be verified for the entries to count), and
  • Email address to contact if you win, or there are delivery problems with the Ant World and Worm World kits to the above school.
  • Please make sure all DESIGN A BUG entries are named so we can identify winners: (Schoolname_Class_Childname)
  1. By Social media

You can also post your entry on social media using the hashtag #DESIGNABUG and tagging our page @mylivingworlduk and @kiddycharts on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Entries will be contacted to verify contact information and school to count, if selected. 

Deadline for entry: 11.59pm, Sunday 18th June 2021

How will the DESIGN A BUG entries be judged?

We wish that everyone could be a winner, but we only have a limited number of prizes. Playmonster UK and Kiddycharts will select 4 runners ups. Nick Baker will select the overall winner and visit the winning student’s primary school to present a winning certificate and give a talk on wildlife.

Terms & Conditions apply.

What are the prizes?

The winning school will receive a special visit from naturalist Nick Baker, who will lead an exciting assembly for pupils. The well-known TV presenter has hosted some of the UK’s best-loved wildlife programmes, including BBC’s The Really Wild Show and Springwatch Unsprung.

We also have an assortment of fantastic My Living World prizes to be won this year! 4 runner ups will each win four My Living World sets:

  1. My Living World Ant World
  2. My Living World Bug Safari
  3. My Living World Bug Photography Kit
  4. My Living World Pocket Microscope

But wait, there’s more! We will also be giving prize bundles to the 4 winners’ schools which include these My Living World kits:

  1. My Living World Bug Photography Kit
  2. My Living World Bug Safari
  3. My Living World Pocket Microscope
  4. My Living World Flower Press
  5. My Living World Window Bird Feeder
  6. My Living World Ladybird World
  7. My Living World Snail World

My Living World nature study kits are available from: