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Children’s Cool Colouring Challenge

Start Date: September 11, 2014

Closing Date: December 19, 2014

Type: Children


  • An exciting challenge for children aged 4 to 8 to get creative with colour!

    Hi! My name is Malcolm the Weaver and I live in Scotland on the Isle of Lewis. Would you like to enter my colouring competition? Can you turn my picture from black and white in to amazing colour?

    What do I have to do?

    Everything in nature has a colour and wonderful colours make you feel wonderfully happy. Can you create a beautiful spangled yarn or a glorious cloth fit for a king? What patterns and colour combinations can you come up with? Will you choose muted colours? Or bright and vibrant? Can you come up with some unusual colour combinations? Can you mix different colours to come up with something new? Can you do something fantastic, wonderful and incredible and change the whole caboodle from black and white in to amazing colour?

    I bet that you can, go on, have a go! Use your artistic imagination to colour in my picture. I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful designs and colours that you create’


    We have a range of fabulous prizes on offer including:

    • signed copies of the book
    • activity packs
    • weaving looms
    • knitting dollies
    • loom bands.

    You may even be lucky enough to win an SDC Colour Experience or a visit from Malcolm the Weaver himself!

    What do I do next?

    Digitally / paints crayons

    • Complete the online registration form
    • Download and print the special Malcolm the Weaver colouring template.
    • Use your imagination to colour it in!
    • Once it’s finished, scan it and upload, or you can post it to SDC

    This competition is now closed. We have had some fantastic entries and the winners will be announced shortly.

  • Closing date:

    This competition is now closed. We have had some fantastic entries and the winners will be announced shortly. All entries must be received by the deadline of Friday 19th December 2014. Winners will be notified in January 2015
  • Who can enter?

    We will be selecting winners and runners up in the 4-5 year old and 6-8 year old age groups. All entrants must be resident in the UK. The competition is open to schools and individual entrants.

  • Whirling Colours

    Weaving Colours

    Unmixing Colours

  • Need Some Inspiration?

    For inspiration and to discover where Malcolm the Weaver learnt about the magic of colour have a look in his book, Weaver of a Life in Colour, or see him on this CBeebies programme

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