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.

Test your ideas What

Test your ideas What colours did you get? Lemon juice is an example of something that is an acid. Soap is alkaline. Can you use the colours to work out which other liquids and powders are acids and which are alkalis? Are there any that do not seem to be either? Are there any other plants that change colour? Look in the garden, hedgerows and in shops for ideas. What colour will they turn if they make a stain and you try to get it out with either soap or lemon juice? SURPRISING STAINS SURPRISING STAINS Share your ideas Why not make a plant colour chart showing all the different colours that you have made and how you made them. Use this to explain to someone what has happened to the stains on Cosmic and Gem’s tee shirts. Extra things to do To find out more about using the colours from plants, visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/CRESTstar SURPRISING STAINS SURPRISING STAINS 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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges