While practicing physical distancing and shelter in place, why not check out some creative reality competition shows? I have compiled a list of must see, family-friendly, reality shows featuring both children and adults. Maybe you can get some ideas for your own household competition series.
Talent comes in small packages. These reality competition shows highlight and celebrate creative kids ages 8 to 13. They’re fun and inspiring to watch.
- Kids Baking Championship– Eight kids, between the ages of 10 and 13, face weekly challenges that test creativity in baking cakes, cookies and pastries that are impressive to watch.
- MasterChef Junior– The chefs competing range in age from 8 to 13, and their skills will shock you. It’s inspiring to watch a nine-year-old can make a perfect Beef Wellington in under an hour.
- Chopped Junior– In this version, children are judged by their ability to make something out of a mystery-basket of ingredients that don’t seem to go together.
- The Voice Kids– Based on the hit adult version of “The Voice” comes “The Voice Kids,” featuring the same exciting blind auditions and electrifying battles!
- Mythbusters Junior– This series will give some of the nation’s most talented kids a chance to show off their amazing ingenuity and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills.
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties– Kids battle each other while lip-syncing their favorite songs. Just like the adult version, you’ll have a hard-time not singing along too.
- So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation- The 13th season of this dance competition features dancers between ages 8 to 13.
- Project Runway Junior- Budding fashion designers compete for the opportunity to launch their careers with top designers. There is a long running adult version as well.
- America’s Got Talent- Undiscovered talent of all ages demonstrate their abilities before celebrity judges who decide which contestants move on in the competition each week.
While these shows feature adult competitors, they are good clean fun to watch with the kids.
- Lego Masters– Some of the most skilled brick fanatics do battle as they plunge their skills, creativity and imaginations into challenges.
- Nailed It!- This baking competition uses a little comedic relief to focus on the fact that not everything always goes right when you are baking but that doesn’t mean it’s a total fail.
- Great Pottery Throw Down- Ten contestants are selected to participate from a group of amateur home potters who aspire to make it to the top.
- Blown Away- A group of glass artisans from across North America compete in a glass-blowing competition for a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass.
- Forged in Fire– Four master bladesmiths challenged to forge knives and swords, which are then tested by a panel of judges to earn $10,000 and the title of Forged in Fire champion.
- Big Flower Fight- Teams of florists, sculptors and garden designers push their talents to the limit to create extravagant floral installations in this competition show.
- Making It- The best artisan crafters from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete using woodworking, quilting, weaving and more in their own unique way.
- American Genius- Not a competition show but more of a docuseries, each episode of this show dips into a fierce rivalry in our history and how it lead to some of the most creative advancements in our society. Sometimes our fiercest competitors encourage our greatest innovations.
- Best Room Wins- This competition challenges two interior designers to create luxury looks inspired by multimillion-dollar estates for less in homes in desperate need of a room makeover.
- Shark Tank- This is a different type of competition show. Budding entrepreneurs present their product ideas to some of the nation’s most successful investors. What a great show of creativity!