Primary challenges (ages 5-11)

Typically completed by 5-11 year olds, CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences. Children complete eight activities to gain a CREST Award, with each activity taking between 45 minutes and one hour to complete.

The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost. You don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. The packs contain helpful hints and tips for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.

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5 years ago

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. This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (

Journey Stick Activity

Journey Stick Activity Card JOURNEY STICK When Australian Aboriginals went on long journeys they tied objects to a stick. They would start at one end of the stick and work along it as they travelled. The objects would help them to remember events and experiences on their journey and to tell others of their adventures. EY STICK Your challenge Go on your own journey and make a journey stick with a friend. Share your journey stick with other people. Discuss Talk to your buddy. Where will you go? What might you find or experience? How will you attach the items to the stick?

Getting started Think about how others can guess where you have been. For example, if you passed an old oak tree, you might want to collect a leaf or an acorn. If you saw a robin, you might tie some red wool on your stick. How could you show it was sunny when you started your journey? ICK Test your ideas Look very carefully as you travel. Remember to start at one end of the stick and work across to the other end. Can others tell where you have been? Does the stick help you to remember your journey? Share your ideas Talk about your journey to your friends. You can display your journey sticks for others to see. Can they tell where you have been? Extra things to do JOURNEY STICK What other journeys can you make? How are your sticks different for each journey? Can you make a simple map of your journey? Can you find out more about how the Aboriginal people use their journey sticks? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 JOURNEY ST

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Star level

Collections of one 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 CREST Star page.

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SuperStar level

Collections of one 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 CREST SuperStar page.

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