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 1 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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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.

Recycle Reuse RECYCLE

Recycle Reuse RECYCLE REUSE RECYCLE REUSE Organiser’s Card About the activity The children have been asked to think about recycling paper, and to try and make their own paper. Recycling paper is a way we can help the environment. While researching why and how we recycle, can the children recycle old scraps to make their own paper? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about why we recycle paper • Try different ways of making their own paper by recycling waste paper • Share their ideas with the group Kit list • Used paper e.g. newspaper, coloured paper, sugar paper • Magnifying glasses or microscope • Washing up bowls and warm water • Hand whisks (PAT tested electric whisks or blenders can also be used) or mashers • Metal coat hangers shaped into a rough rectangle covered with old tights or nylon stockings to make a sieve • Absorbent material – e.g. blotting paper, layers of newspaper or cloth • Rolling pins, bottles and/or iron (PAT tested) to help to dry the paper • Starch (optional) • Colouring, glitter, bits of foil etc. to add to the paper. Leaves, buttons, string etc. to place on top of the paper, before it is dried, to make patterns. • Crayons, pencils etc.

What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CARD to familiarise yourself with the activity. 2. Check the Kit list to ensure you have the required resources. 3. Set the scene by discussing the article. What do the children already know about paper-making? Does the story give them some ideas?. 4. Encourage the children in small groups to try to work out why there is a damaging effect on the environment by not recycling paper (see Background information). 5. Let children look closely at the fibres in different samples of paper (you could use a digital microscope to share images with the whole group). 6. Each group can make their own paper following the instructions provided. RECYCLE REUSE 7. Let children experiment on their own but give help to any children who seem to be struggling. 8. An iron can be used to speed up the drying process. 9. You or the children could take photographs of the process. 10. Give the children time to compare their paper samples and think about what has made a difference. Talk about which papers are good for recycling. 11. Children could display their paper once it is dry. They could write messages on it. Crayons and pencils are generally better than ink. 12. There are extra challenges on the ACTIVITY CARD. These can be used if there is spare time or the children want to carry on investigating at home and earn a bonus sticker. Things to think about Homemade paper can take many days to dry naturally. Ensure pulp evenly covers the frame. If the pulp is very thick the paper will be lumpy. Homemade paper is sometimes difficult to write on. It can be too bumpy and too absorbent. You can add a little starch to paper to improve its texture.

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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges