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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Animal Adventure

Animal Adventure Activity Card Cosmic and Gem are sitting on the climbing frame. They are bored. “OK,” Cosmic replies. He starts to prowl around Gem while pretending to be a tiger. “Uncle Astro said that there are little animals, called minibeasts, all around us,” says Gem. “But I can’t see any.” “Let’s go on an animal safari!” shouts Gem, jumping down. “No, not a pretend safari,” says Gem, “I mean a real animal adventure.” Cosmic looks puzzled. He follows Gem round the playground. She looks high, she looks low but doesn’t seem to be able to find what she is looking for. “Wow! You mean tiny lions and tigers and things?” asks Cosmic. “Come on, let’s see if Uncle Astro can help us.” Where do you think Uncle Astro will tell them to look? Your challenge Go on an animal adventure and see how many animals you can find. GEM COSMIC

Discuss Gem thinks that they might live underneath logs and stones. Cosmic thinks we might need to look in trees and on the top of walls What do you think? Getting started Find a place with a large stone or log. Look carefully all around it to see how many animals you can spot. Now lift the rock or log very carefully (ask an adult for help) – how many animals can you see? You might collect some of them to look at indoors (check with an adult first). Test your ideas Can you find out the names of the animals? Find out more about some of the animals. Where is the best place for them to live? Share your ideas Draw a picture, write a poem or make a model of the animals you find. Share them with your group. Extra things to do Can you think of other places to look for animals? 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