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.

There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.

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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 (


OUTDOOR GYM OUTDOOR GYM Outdoor Gym Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about outdoor activity and exercise. B Fitt has sent a letter to the investigators - he wants to help people in his town keep fit. Can the children help him design an outdoor gym? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Explore their outdoor environment to look for opportunities for exercise. • Have their ideas evaluated through a survey. • Design an outdoor gym. Kit list • An outdoor environment (including benches, steps, and other objects) • Camera and other recording equipment What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CARD to familiarise yourself with the activity. 2. Check the Kit list and ensure you have the correct resources. 3. Set the scene by discussing the letter with the children. 4. Encourage children to think and talk together about how to exercise. 5. Allow children to use the internet or books to research different types of outdoor activity. 6. Ensure that they think about safety. 7. Help the children to record their survey results in a table, like the one in the ACTIVITY CARD.

OUTDOOR GYM Things to think about There are lots of different ways people can exercise outdoors. When children are designing their outdoor gym they can include day to day activities that help people keep fit. Most children will have seen people running. Encourage them to think of more unusual ways to keep fit outside. Keywords • Outdoors • Exercise • Gym • Design. Watch out! Ensure children wear appropriate clothing and sports shoes when exercising. Give children the opportunity to explain ideas to you before they test them out. Ensure that the area is safe and clean and avoid hard or slippery surfaces. Follow your organisation’s guidelines for outdoor work. OUTDOOR GYM OUTDOOR GYM British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

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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