Not many people know this about me, but I’m part of an elite group of Blue Peter badge holders. Yup – thanks to my white pin adorned with a blue ship, I can get free entry into over 200 UK attractions.
My badge is a bit retro now. I got it over 20 years ago (eeeek – now I feel old!) for designing a brightly coloured, heavily patterned, psychedelic lampshade with a smiling face called Tommy the Lamp. I was clearly a very creative child… *ahem*.
And although Blue Peter badges have been around for decades, they’re still going strong. If your children want one, there are lots of fun activities they can do – and a lot of these are perfect for rainy days when you’re stuck at home.
So if your kids want to earn their very own Blue Peter badge, or you’re looking for an indoor activity to do, carry on reading.
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The different types of Blue Peter badge
Before we get to applying for a Blue Peter badge, it’s worth pointing out that there are a few different ones available. Below is an outline of what each of the coloured pins are awarded for.
Blue badge: This is the standard badge (like the one I’ve got). You can win one of these by sending in something like a letter, picture or story. If you’re lucky enough to have appeared on Blue Peter, you’ll also get one.
Green badge: You can apply for one of these by sending in a picture, letter or arts and crafts project that is linked to or inspired by nature or the environment.
Silver badge: If you’ve already been awarded a blue badge, you can apply for a silver badge by doing something special. To win one of these, the Blue Peter team is looking for people who have made an extra effort with their picture, poem or story.
Orange badge: To win one of these badges, you have to enter and win or be a runner up in a Blue Peter competition.
Purple badge: These badges are awarded to budding TV critics. To be awarded one, you need to write and send in a review of a Blue Peter episode.
Sports badge: From time-to-time, Blue Peter gives children the opportunity to win a badge for getting involved in sport.
Gold badge: The top of the badges – the gold badge is only awarded to a small number of people each year for doing something remarkable. For example, if you’ve shown bravery, saved someone’s life or helped a charity then you could apply for a gold badge.
How to apply for your badge
In order to apply for a Blue Peter badge, you need to be aged between 6 and 15 years old. Assuming your date of birth fits this criteria, there are a few steps you need to take.
Firstly, you need to decide which badge you’re going to apply for. It’s probably best to start with the blue badge. Or if you’ve got an idea to create something linked to the environment in some way you could go for the green badge.
Secondly, you need to choose what you’re going to create. It could be a letter, poem, story, picture, model, arts and crafts project – anything really!
Finally, you need to post your creation to Blue Peter, MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2BH. Included in your submission you need to include:
- A message to explain which badge you’re applying for and why you think you should be awarded one. This message should be at least 50 words long
- Details of your name, date of birth and home postal address (including postcode)
It might take around eight weeks to hear whether you’ve been successful in getting your Blue Peter badge. With that in mind, if you want to try and get one before the summer holidays so you can get free entry into different attractions, make sure you get your entries in as early as possible! For more information, go to the CBBC website.
Have your children won any Blue Peter badges? I’d love to hear what they did to get one. Tweet me!