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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All Star challenges

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SHOES Slippery Slidey

SHOES Slippery Slidey Shoes Activity Card Gem is very late. It is a wet day and Gem wears her wellingtons to go to school. She waves ‘bye’ to dad, turns round and runs down the corridor into the hall. SPLAT!! Gem’s feet fly from under her and she falls heavily onto the hall floor. Cosmic is late too. He runs into the hall. “Watch out!” shouts Gem. Too late, SPLAT!! Cosmic slips on the floor too. “What happened?” says Cosmic to Gem. “I think the caretaker has done something to the floor,” Gem replies. Y SHOES “I think you’ve got slippery slidey shoes!” says the caretaker. Cosmic and Gem look at their shoes. Then they rub their bruises and wonder how they can stop it happening again. Do you think you can help them? Have you ever slipped over? Why was this? Why do you think Gem and Cosmic slipped? Gem thinks it’s because the floor is made of wood Cosmic thinks that the caretaker has put polish on the floor The caretaker thinks it’s the kind of shoes they’re wearing Your challenge Gem has a great idea – have a competition to find the best non-slip shoe

Discuss Talk to your buddy about the shoe that you think will be the best – try to choose one between you. Getting started Set up a ramp. Put two shoes on the ramp and try to find which one isn’t very slippery. Keep trying until you find the best non-slip shoe. How can you make sure that everything is fair? PERY SHOES Test your ideas Can you think of other ways to find out? Share your ideas Put your best shoe on the winners’ podium. Extra things to do Find out more about shoes for different purposes. Do some shoes need to be slippery? Can you find out different ways to stop surfaces being slippery? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges