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Children's Winter Mini Challenge

Following the success of the Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge 2022, the 'Gadgeteers' theme is returning for children this winter.

During school holidays, children's reading skills can 'dip'. Reading Challenges  encourage children to continue reading for enjoyment outside the classroom. They also help families and teachers provide free-to-access fun activities over the holiday.

Winter Mini Challenge 2022/23

The Reading Agency is once again teaming up with Science Museum Group to bring back the Gadgeteers.

Children can join 6 fictional Gadgeteer characters – brought to life by children's writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – and discover the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion to technology, from cooking to music.

With activity ideas and resources from Science Museum Group, the Winter Mini Challenge will help to spark children's curiosity about the world around them, bring inspiration through creativity and invention.

Winter Mini Challenge is set at a festive party in the Gadgeteers' community centre – when a sudden snowstorm whirls in, can the Gadgeteers use their ingenuity, creativity and curiosity to keep everyone entertained until the weather brightens?

How to take part

The Winter Mini Challenge will be open from 1 December 2022 until 20 February 2023.

From 1 December, the Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge website will change to the Winter Mini Challenge, where you can sign-up to take part in the challenge.

As well as taking part online, children can get Mini Challenge quiz sheets from any Thurrock library.

Children who read 3 books to complete the Winter Mini Challenge online will be sent a link to download their personal certificate.

Boost your reading

You can boost your reading for the Winter Mini Challenge by:

  • borrowing books from any Thurrock library
  • borrowing a free 'Reading Sparks' pack from Belhus library, Corringham library or Grays library

Reading Sparks packs combine science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) themes with creative arts and reading. The packs are suitable for children of primary school age, and are ideal to read as part of the Gadgeteers Winter Mini Challenge. There are 4 themed packs:

  • the Moon
  • animals
  • invisible nature
  • simple machines

Children who complete the projects within each pack can get a British Science Association CREST Awards certificate.