Scatty Rescue
Learn about dangers at the seaside with Scatty Seagull on the Shorething website, plus lots of other fun activities for youngsters

Fun and Games

This section of our website is for the young, and the young at heart! Here you'll find links to a selection of puzzles and games, including resources on the RNLI's Shorething website for young people. Plus you can read all about Storm Force, the RNLI's club for children aged 5–11.

Lego rescue

A picture paints 140 characters ...

On Saturday 7 September 2013, it will be 175 years since 22-year-old Grace Darling braved a treacherous storm and took to the high seas in a rowing boat, to rescue the survivors of a wrecked cargo ship that had hit rocks in 1838.

The RNLI will be celebrating Grace's endeavours by reliving her famous rescue, moment by moment, in real time, via the @RNLI Twitter feed. And this is where you come in ...

Rather than simply letting words tell the story (in bursts of 140 characters), we'd love to illustrate this tale of events with a medley of creative content – illustrated Instagram animations, stop-motion Vine clips, InstaCartoon images, colourful infographics, Lapse It or Frameograph videos, your own Storify perhaps, or go completely offline and draw a Manga cartoon or do a watercolour painting – you name it!

But check out this great modern-day search and rescue animation on YouTube using Lego characters first – we love it!

So if you're up to it, email your creation (or preferably a link to it, so as not to swamp our inbox!) to us no later than midday on Friday 6 September. Check on our Grace Darling Storify for further details.

Any questions? Tweet @RNLI or email

Let's get arty for the environment!

Environment Competition

The RNLI Sustainability team would like your children to get designing environmental posters this Summer holiday for a special RNLI poster competition!

There will be prizes for the top three entries, and the RNLI intends to display as many of the posters as it can over the next year around the Poole site and our other locations across the UK.

Check out what to do, the rules of the competition, prizes and ideas for your poster here and get arty! Good luck!

Calling all budding artists


It might still be Summer but the RNLI needs you to think about Christmas now!

If you know someone between the ages of 7 and 16 years who likes getting creative, then this is a great competition for them - to design a Christmas card that could go on sale across the UK and RoI, helping to raise funds for the RNLI.

You can find out more about the competition, including the great prizes on offer, by taking a look at this poster.

The design can be traditional, modern or funny, but must be based on one of three themes - The Rescue, Coastal Christmas or Christmas for the Crew. We are looking for a variety of imaginative and colourful festive ideas using a wide range of materials.

Visit the competition webpage to find out all the details you need to get your youngsters entering!

Future lifeboat competition

10-year-old wins RNLI's competition to design the future of lifeboats

10-year-old Joshua Moutray from ELM Academy Bournemouth has won the RNLI's competition for local schoolchildren to design their lifeboat of the future.

Joshua's design will be displayed on the wooden hoardings that will surround the build-site of the charity's new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at its Headquarters in Poole.

Joshua will be a special guest at the unveiling of his design (date to be announced), which will be displayed while the new lifeboat facility is built. Joshua and the two runners-up, Megan Bishop and Kayla Brooks both also 10-years old and from ELM Academy Bournemouth, have won a year's membership of Storm Force, the RNLI's lifeboat club for children.

The RNLI received many entries from local schoolchildren, but it was Joshua's design that caught the eye of RNLI judge Pete Eyre, who is a senior naval architect and designer of the charity's most advanced lifeboat, the Shannon class.

More information ... and all entries for the competition can be seen here.

Storm Force

The ideal birthday present

Children wanted ... to join the biggest lifeboat crew ever! Surprise a child you love with the special gift of Storm Force membership for their birthday or other special occasion.

Or, if you're aged 5–11 then why don't youthink about joining Storm Force, the RNLI's club for children?

All new members receive a membership pack containing a 'crew' bag, pencil tin, stickers, map and colouring poster, postcards and a bumper activity book.

Members also receive the Storm Force magazine four times a year, packed with rescue stories, news, activities and water safety advice, along with competitions to enter.

Membership costs 7.50 a year, and you receive a badge for each year you're a member.

So don't delay: discover the exciting world of lifeboats and lifeguards with Storm Force.

At the beach

Sand, sea and safety

It's a sunny day, exams are over, and a group of young people are off to the beach to celebrate. Will they make the right decisions and stay safe?

Our new interactive comic strip for learners aged 14–16 features a curriculum-linked lesson plan for teachers of Citizenship, PSHE and English.

Decision time!

Lifeguards on beach

Staying safe at the beach - how safe are you?

With Summer approaching it's a good time to learn about staying safe at the beach. Do you know your beach safety flags and how to spot if someone is in difficulty?

Test your knowledge on the RNLI's beach safety pages!

Download app

Get spotting!

Discover facts about the RNLI fleet and check off the lifeboats you see with our new Spotter's app.

Download it for your smartphone today.

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Line drawing

Colouring in

Do you enjoy colouring in?

Would you like to have a go at colouring in pictures of Poole's lifeboats and beach lifeguards?

If so, please click on the links below to open the drawings as PDF documents that you can print and colour in ...

Tyne class all-weather lifeboat

B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

D class inshore lifeboat

Lifeguard on beach

Lifeguard on watercraft

Spot the Difference

Spot the difference

How good are you at spotting the differences between photos?

Do you think you could spot all the differences between two photos of our previous Brede class lifeboat?

Why not click here to have a go and find out?

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Be crafty!

Do you enjoy making things? Want to make a bookmark, poster or door hanger for your bedroom?

If so, check out the craft area on the RNLI's Shorething website and start being crafty!

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You may also wish to visit the RNLI's Shorething website to have a go at a variety of exciting activities and games for young people.

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