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It's a new year, full of new opportunities to express your creativity. One way to do that is to enter some of the many contests designed for kids. Here are two. (Always ask a parent before going online.)

PAINT FOR THE PLANET

The United Nations Environment Program is challenging kids to create artwork to "Save the Planet -- Save Food." So get out your crayons, watercolors or pastels and encourage other kids not to waste food in the cafeteria or at home.

Who can enter? Ages 6-14.

What's the deadline? March 15.

What are the prizes? Cash prizes from $1,000 to $2,000 and a trip to a UNEP event for top winners.

Information: www.thinkeatsave.org/index.php/23rd-international-children-s-painting-competition.

SCIENTIFIC EXPRESSIONS

If you like poetry and science, check out Neuroscience for Kids' annual poetry contest. There are guidelines about the poem's form, so read the contest rules carefully.

Who can enter? Students in kindergarten through 12th grade, in four grade categories.

What's the deadline? Feb. 1.

What are the prizes? A book or other prize and publication on Neuroscience for Kids website.

Information: faculty.washington.edu/chudler/contest14.html.



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