10 Minute Challenges

For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - we add a new challenge to this page every single day! For more author videos and free resources, check out our 'classroom' page.

Videos

Laura Dockrill
National Writing Day 1
'Find Your Voice' - Laura Dockrill challenges you to write about a memory from your past
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Laura Dockrill
National Writing Day 2
'Make Your Choice' - Laura Dockrill challenges you to write from the point of view of a random object
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Laura Dockrill
National Writing Day 3
Poetry Challenge - Laura Dockrill challenges you to write a poem without lifting your pen off the paper
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Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone
Bestselling author, Abi Elphinstone, challenges you to create your own world-crossing moment
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MG Leonard
M.G. Leonard
M.G. Leonard challenges you to create your own plastic monster and then write a comic
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J.M. Joseph
J.M. Joseph
J.M. Joseph challenges you to write about a mystery package and a strange object inside
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Swapna Haddow
Swapna Haddow
Author of 'Dave Pigeon', Swapna Haddow, challenges you to write from an animal's perspective
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Dominique Valente
Dominique Valente
Author of 'Starfell', Dominique Valente, challenges you to create your own magical creature
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Anna James
Anna James
Anna James, author of 'Pages & Co', challenges you to bookwander into your favourite book
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Guy Bass
Guy Bass
The hilarious Guy Bass challenges you to find a key to a hidden world and then step through...
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Frann Preston-Gannon
Frann Preston-Gannon
Frann Preston-Gannon has a special illustration challenge involving animals and her book 'The Bad Day'
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Lucy Worsley
Lucy Worsley
Historian and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley, sets a very royal illustration challenge
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Nicola Skinner
Nicola Skinner
Nicola asks you to imagine you've woken up 100 years in the future in your favourite room in the house
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Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies
Nicola sets a special 10 DAY challenge where you grow something and record the results
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C.J. Haslam
C.J. Haslam
C.J. Haslam challenges you to draw and write a list of things you'd take in a backpack to defeat an evil witch
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Steven and Steven
Steven B & Steven L
Steven & Steven challenge you to create your own guest for the Nothing To See Here Hotel
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Justin Somper
Justin Somper
Justin Somper, author of 'Vampirates', challenges you to write your very own message in a bottle
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Sibeal Pounder
Sibeal Pounder
Sibeal Pounder challenges you to create your own 'mash-up' pet just like hers in 'Bad Mermaids'
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Tom Percival
Tom Percival
Tom Percival challenges you to create your own member of the 'Dream Team' to defeat the Nightmares!
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Jack Noel
Jack Noel
Jack Noel challenges you to take a non-illustrated text (like a book or newspaper) and illustrate it
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Emer Stamp
Emer Stamp
Emer Stamp challenges you to create your own character inspired by her new book, 'Pests'
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Ross Welford
Ross Welford
Ross Welford challenges you to write about something impossible, using a few simple steps...
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Inky Willis
Inky Willis
Inky Willis challenges you to create your own 'scribble friend' inspired by her 'Scribble Witch' series
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Iszi Lawrence
Iszi Lawrence
Iszi Lawrence challenges you to create your own code and learn how to write secret messages!
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Ben Miller
Ben Miller
Ben Miller challenges you to think about what three objects you'd put into a black hole and why
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Kate Pankhurst
Kate Pankhurst
Kate Pankhurst challenges you to turn yourself into a fantastically great person who saves the planet
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Mark Lowery
Mark Lowery
Mark Lowery challenges you to find some objects in your house and write about them coming to life
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Jenni Spangler
Jenni Spangler
Jenni Spangler challenges you to use a photograph to inspire a story – find your own or use her examples
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L.D. Lapinski
L.D. Lapinski
L.D. Lapinski challenges you to build a new world from scratch, using a simple planning exercise
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Derek Landy
Derek Landy
Derek Landy challenges you to create an original character by selecting opposing personality traits
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Holly Jackson
Holly Jackson
Holly Jackson challenges you to bury three clues and learn how to write a successful mystery story
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David Baddiel
David Baddiel
David Baddiel challenges you to write about something funny you'd like to happen in your life
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Alex T Smith
Alex T. Smith
Alex T. Smith challenges you to create your own animal adventurer like 'Mr Penguin'
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Alex Milway
Alex Milway
Alex Milway challenges you to create a new (animal) guest for the Flamingo Hotel
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Thomas Taylor
Thomas Taylor
Thomas Taylor challenges you to find a lost object and imagine how you would get it back to its owner
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Angela Woolfe
Angela Woolfe
Angela Woolfe challenges you to create your own magical mode of transport using vegetables
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Sue H and Paul L
Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet challenge you to create your own robot from household items
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Smriti Halls
Smriti Halls
Smriti Halls challenges you to imagine what would happen if you found an animal in your house
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Sophie Green
Sophie Green
Sophie Green challenges you to create a ghost character using five simple questions
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Cressida Cowell
Cressida Cowell
Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, challenges you to describe a new character she's invented
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Joanna Nadin
Joanna Nadin
Joanna Nadin challenges you to create your very own biscuit recipe and list of ingredients
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Matt Robertson
Matt Robertson
Matt Robertson challenges you to create your own bug and then write a story about it
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A.F Harrold
A.F. Harrold
A.F. Harrold challenges you to think about the dangerous animals that could be lurking in your breakfast!
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Taylor Dolan
Taylor Dolan
Taylor Dolan challenges you to create your own spooky creature to join the Ghoul Scouts!
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Matt Goodfellow
Matt Goodfellow
Matt Goodfellow challenges you to look outside your window and write a poem on what you see
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Philip Caveney
Philip Caveney
Philip Caveney challenges you to create a new invention that benefits humanity
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Sharna Jackson
Sharna Jackson
Sharna Jackson challenges you to plan a murder mystery story that takes place on a boat
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Joshua Seigal
Joshua Seigal
Joshua Seigal challenges you to choose ten special objects and turn them into a poem about a person
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Cat Doyle
Catherine Doyle
Catherine challenges you to create your own memory candle, inspired by 'The Storm Keeper's Island'
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Selom Sunu
Selom Sunu
Selom Sunu challenges you to draw the coach from Jason Reynold's 'Ghost'
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Ali Sparkes
Ali Sparkes
Ali Sparkes challenges you to write about a school trip that's gone horribly wrong
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Piers Torday
Piers Torday
Piers Torday challenges you to create a secret weapon out of an ordinary object
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Michelle Harrison
Michelle Harrison
Michelle Harrison challenges you to write a letter from the perspective of someone that is trapped
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Nic Stone
Nic Stone
Nic Stone challenges you to write a letter to a family member you'd like to have a road trip with
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Julia Patton
Julia Patton
Julia Patton challenges you to get creative by making a collage from scrap pieces of paper
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Susan Brownrigg
Susan Brownrigg
Susan Brownrigg challenges you to write a postcard to a friend or family member
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James Campbell
James Campbell
James Campbell challenges you to plan a story by posing and answering questions
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Eloise Williams
Eloise Williams
Children's Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams, sets a special challenge for Empathy Day
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Paula Harrison
Paula Harrison
Paula Harrison challenges you to write a story where you wake up to find you have a super power
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Holly Sterling
Holly Sterling
Holly Sterling challenges you to create an original character using three simple steps
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Soman Chainani
Soman Chainani
Soman Chainani challenges you to imagine you've joined the School of Good and Evil
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Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell challenges you to write a story using the opening line of 'Wonderscape' as a starting point
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Lucy Powrie
Lucy Powrie
Lucy Powrie challenges you to look at the stories you enjoy reading and write a story using similar themes
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Liz Flanagan
Liz Flanagan
Liz Flanagan challenges you to describe what happens when your own dragon egg hatches
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Smriti Halls
Smriti Halls & David Litchfield
Smriti & David challenge you to create your own animal companion
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Philip Womack
Philip Womack
Philip Womack challenges you to write a story about a creature guarding a magical object
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Onyinye Iwu
Onyinye Iwu
Onyinye Iwu challenges you to draw a picture of a time you have helped someone
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Katie & Kevin Tsang
Katie & Kevin Tsang
Katie & Kevin Tsang challenge you to create your own dragon who is afraid of something
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Eoin McLaughlin
Eoin McLaughlin
Eoin McLaughlin challenges you to write a letter to someone you haven't seen in a while
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Jack Ryder
Jack Ryder
Jack Ryder challenges you to write about a mysterious building like a castle or haunted house
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Penny Chrimes
Penny Chrimes
Penny Chrimes challenges you to write about what might happen if you come face-to-face with a tiger
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Jo Cotterill
Jo Cotterill
Award-winning author, Jo Cotterill, challenges you to write a story with 'heart' in four simple steps
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Sophie Deen
Sophie Deen
Sophie Deen challenges you to use a coding skill called 'decomposition' to create the Children's Spy Agency logo
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Sophie Kirtley
Sophie Kirtley
Sophie Kirtley challenges you to find an object in the 'wild' and imagine it transports you somewhere
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Annabelle Sami
Annabelle Sami
Annabelle Sami challenges you to imagine your favourite toy starts talking and then write a script
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Sophy Henn
Sophy Henn
Sophy Henn challenges you to create a super baddie, inspired by her new book, 'Pizazz'
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Atinuke
Atinuke
Atinuke challenges you to write a story where somebody wants something but something goes wrong
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Andy Griffiths
Andy Griffiths
Andy Griffiths challenges you to create a new level for the 130-storey tree house
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Tracy Darnton
Tracy Darnton
Young Adult author, Tracy Darnton, challenges you to use certain objects to inspire a story idea
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David Atherton
David Atherton
David Atherton (winner of The Great British Bake Off!) challenges you to write your own recipe
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Serena Patel
Serena Patel
Serena Patel challenges you to take part in her 'bigger, louder, sillier' story-writing challenge
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Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson challenges you to think about something you would wish for and draw a picture
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Jenny McLachlan
Jenny McLachlan
Jenny McLachlan challenges you to use your senses to write about a mysterious object in a box
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Alex English
Alex English
Alex English challenges you to create your own travel companion, inspired by 'Sky Pirates'
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Holly Smale
Holly Smale
Holly Smale challenges you to use a memory from your past to inspire a story
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