About Children's University Challenges

Our Children's University Challenges provide CU Learners with learning activities and experiences which can be completed at home. 

We have a range of Challenges to suit all ages and interests.

Each activity has an allocated number of Learning Credits.

These Learning Credits will be awarded by either:

the CU Membership School your child attends; or

the Essex Children's University Manager.

You will be asked to submit evidence of the challenge that your child has completed (in our experience photographs of all learning activities works best).

Children are able to complete challenges set by Children's University Managers in other parts of the UK too and these will be shared when they become available.

To download our Children's University Challenges click on the links below.

Cardboard Capers - Animate Arts

Animate Arts have set their next Cardboard Capers Challenge,  "Wish we were here"

The challenge:

This week’s challenge is to make a cardboard postcard featuring a place that you wish you were! None of us can go anywhere at the moment, so we’ll have to imagine – take a paper aeroplane to somewhere you wish you were! It could be a favourite place that you’ve been to loads of times before, or a dream destination. We’d like you to collage a picture of the place on the front of the postcard, using scraps of paper and cut up bits of magazines, or newspapers.  

Then we would like you to photograph the front of your postcard and send the photo to us, by email to email@animatecommunityarts.com or by tagging us and using #CardboardCapers on social media.  

Postcards are designed to be written and sent, so we are also inviting you to think of someone to send your postcard to - as an act of kindness in lockdown. Who could you post it to? Do you know someone currently isolating who would appreciate a piece of real mail? Perhaps you could send it to a school friend who you miss, or your grandparents, or a neighbour you haven’t seen for a while. If you live near a care home, maybe you could drop it off for the residents. We’re sure you’ll have lots of ideas! 

Full details are here

There's a short You Tube Film too 


Discover Arts Award - May 2020

Taking part in Discover Arts Award will earn 4 Learning Stamps for the Passport to Learning and CU Learners will also be presented with an Arts Award Certificate.

With thanks to Emma Jenkins at Kent Children's University for all her support in developing this.

You will find all the details here.

Arts Award Discover Part A

Arts Award Discover Part B

Arts Award Discover Part C

14th April 2020

More Learning Challenges, this time from our Learning Destinations.

Our Learning Destinations have been busy creating home learning challenges which are eligible for Children's University Learning Stamps.

With challenges from Woodbridge Tide Mill, Invisible Cities, Essex Police Museum and Firstsite we think there's something for everybody.  

Winter Challenge 2019

Ideas to Inspire

Spring Challenge 2020

Perfect for February half term

Bumper Challenge March and April 2020

We are living in slightly unusual times and CU Learners will be spending more time at home.

We have created this Bumper Children's University Challenge which we hope will give you ideas for activities.

More Challenges will be created and posted here over the coming weeks.


Keeping Safe Online

As a CEOP Ambassador I am able to share with you resources and home learning sheets which, in times when children are likely to be spending more time online, I thought these would be a great way for them to learn more about ways to keep themselves and all of their personal information safe.

For parents there are also helpful guides. 

We often don't know as much as we think.

As with all the information with you, none of this is compulsory, but all activities completed will receive Learning Stamps in the usual way.

For each of these completed challenges CU Learners will receive 1.5 hours of Learning Stamp credit.