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 SuperStar challenges

  • Text
  • Handson
  • Stem
  • Challenges
  • Discussion
  • Explore
  • Create
  • Experiment
  • Investigate
  • Toothpaste
  • Materials
  • Glue
  • Tomato
  • Yoghurt
  • Superstar
The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST SuperStar challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight SuperStar challenges.

Brilliant Birds Activity

Brilliant Birds Activity Card The Best Of The Nests Local birdwatcher Mrs Twitcher is an expert on birds’ nests. “I think birds are brilliant,” she told our reporter. “I don’t think people can build nests like birds do.” Do you think Mrs Twitcher is right? Your challenge Can you build a birds’ nest? Make sure you only use your pretend beak! How will your nest survive in the wind and the rain? Discuss • What do birds use to build nests? • How do you think they decide which materials to collect? • How difficult do you think building a nest will be?

Getting started What materials can you find that you might be able to use to build your nest? Which ones do you think will be best? Do you need different materials inside and outside the nest? How will you keep everything together? You could start with a small bowl made out of modelling material. What other ways can you think of to build a nest? 2/2 Test your ideas What will happen to your nest on a windy day? What will happen to your nest in rainy weather? What works well and what could be improved? Share your ideas Take pictures of the best nests and make a display for Mrs Twitcher. Give a presentation on building birds’ nests. Extra things to do Do birds with different shaped beaks make different nests? Are there any unusual materials that birds use to make nests? Find out if all birds build nests. Remember to hold you pretend beak in your hands, not your mouth 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