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 (


KITE CALAMITY Kite Calamity You’ve found an article in the local newsletter: Activity Card NEWS LETTER KITE CALAMITY Despite perfect weather, the only thing that filled the air yesterday were moans and groans as the first Startown Amateur Kite Festival dramatically failed to get off the ground. Organiser Sunny Day told us, “This is a festival for beginners. Everyone worked so hard to make the kites. They all looked fantastic. But not one of them flew. What a calamity!” Kite enthusiast Fly Further said, “If there is anyone out there who can help us, we would love to hear from them.” Your challenge Help Sunny Day and Fly Further to design a kite that will fly. You can start by making a small model kite. Discuss Talk to your buddy. What is a kite? How does a kite fly? What styles of kites are there?

Getting started A kite is made up of different parts including support sticks, cover, tail and flying line. You will need 5 cocktail sticks to make the struts. Cut out the cover the same size as the one on the front of this sheet. Glue the sticks onto the cover, 2 across and 3 down (overlapping) Attach your flying line, with sellotape, where the sticks cross. Fasten a tail at the bottom. Add aluminium foil bows. KITE CALAMITY KITE CALAMITY Test your ideas What’s the best way to test it? You could try outside or use an electric fan. What might make your kite work better? Would other shapes fly? Share your ideas Talk about why some kites didn’t fly. What might help to solve problems such as a kite spinning in circles or flying to one side? Draw the kite that you would like to take to the Startown Amateur Kite Festival. Make a fantastic display of your kites. LAMITY Extra things to do Kites have been around for about 3000 years. Can you find out more about who developed the first kites? Try to make a large version of your kite. What can you do to make it fly? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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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