Primary challenges (ages 5-11)

Typically completed by 5-11 year olds (Key Stages 1 and 2), CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences.

The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost, and you don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. Children are eligible for a CREST Award after completing eight of the challenges and you’ll find helpful hints and tips in each pack for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.

There are many more CREST resources which have been developed by our partners and by providers in your region. Click here for links to CREST accredited resources developed by partner organisations, CREST accredited schemes and education providers who can deliver CREST accredited activities.

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6 months ago

All Star challenges

  • Text
  • Cosmic
  • Materials
  • Association
  • Registered
  • Stella
  • Plants
  • Encourage
  • Astro
  • Timers
  • Rainbow


Start using CREST Star The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST Star challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST Star Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight Star challenges. Preparation 1. Start by signing up for a CREST account: 2. Select Star Award and download a Star Passport 3. Choose eight Star challenges from this pack 4. Use the Organiser Cards in this pack to prepare for each challenge Run the challenges in this pack 1. Each challenge will take 45 minutes to an hour and involves hands-on investigation, decision making and group discussion. 2. Read the story on the Activity Card with your group and introduce the challenge. 3. Give each group of children a copy of the Activity Card to guide them through the investigation. 4. Children can use their Passport to keep track of the challenges they have completed. 5. Once you’ve completed all eight activities, log back into your CREST account at: 6. Tell us about the children and the eight challenges they completed. 7. Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your certificates and badges. 8. Congratulations on completing CREST Star! 9. If you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a SuperStar activity should look like here: run-crest-awards/assessingprojects/assessment What next? Why not challenge children further and try CREST SuperStar next? You can find out more and download all the resources you need here: Encourage others to take part in CREST projects. To get more ideas on how to get started visit: Awarded to of on Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci, FInstP Chair of the British Science Association British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 Managed by: Supported by:

Contents ActivityPage Animal adventure 4 Be seen, be safe 8 Brilliant bubbles 12 Confusing cans 16 Discovery bag 20 Muddy mess 24 Music maker 28 Peggy problem 32 Plant detectives 36 Rainbow colour collectors 40 Scrap yard scraps 44 Slippery slidey shoes 48 Sneaky shadow 52 Sniffly sneezes 56 Speedy scooters 60 Starting sounds 64 Tea bag trouble 68 Testing timers 72 Useless umbrella 76

Star level

Collections of 1 hour challenges recommended for children aged 5-7 years that relate to children’s everyday experiences. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Star page

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SuperStar level

Collections of 1 hour challenges recommended for children aged 7-11 years that realate to broader situations that children are likely to have come across. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the SuperStar page

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Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges