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.

Start using CREST

Start using CREST 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. Preparation 1. Start by signing up for a CREST account: www.crestawards.org/sign-in 2. Select SuperStar Award and download a SuperStar Passport. Use the Organiser Cards in this pack to prepare for each challenge Run the challenges in this pack 1. Each challenge will take 45 minutes to an hour and involves hands-on investigation, decision making and group discussion. Children can use the Passport to keep track of the challenges they have completed. 2. Once you’ve completed all eight activities, log back into your CREST account at: www.crestawards.org/sign-in 3. Tell us about the children and the challenges they completed. What next? Why not challenge children further and try a full day project next? A CREST Discovery Day is a one day facilitated project, ideal for ages 10+. You can find out more and download all the resources you need here: www.crestawards.org/Crest-Discovery Encourage others to take part in CREST projects. To get more ideas on how to get started visit: www.crestawards.org 4. Finally, complete the delivery and payment details to order your certificates and badges. 5. Congratulations on completing CREST SuperStar! 6. If you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a SuperStar activity should look like here: www.crestawards.org/runcrest-awards/assessing-projects/ assessment Awarded to of on Katherine Mathieson Chief Executive of the British Science Association British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 Managed by: Supported by:

Contents ActivityPage A hole in my bucket 6 A special new tree 10 A sticky problem 14 Band rollers 20 Bowled over 24 Bridge blunder 28 Brilliant birds 32 Bumblebee mystery 36 Buy them and try them 42 Cheesy challenge 46 Clever camouflaged creatures 50 Crafty rafts 54 Disappearing dinosaurs 58 Discus dilemma 62 Drifting dandelions 66 Fascinating fingerprints 70 Fossil folly! 74 Get set jellies 78 Goodbye old tree 82 Hoodie hearing 86 How do you drink yours? 90 Investigating ink 96 Journey stick 100 Just my cup of tea 104 Kite calamity 108

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  • Page 25 and 26: Discuss Children may need to be sho
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    Cheesy Challenge Organiser’s Card

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    Cheesy Challenge Activity Card Cosm

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    Colorado Brown Stain Organiser’s

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    Colorado Brown Stain Activity Card

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    Crafty Rafts Organiser’s Card Abo

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    Crafty Rafts Activity Card NEWS CRA

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    Disappearing Dinosaurs Organiser’

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    Disappearing Dinosaurs Activity Car

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    Discus Dilemma Organiser’s Card A

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    Discus Dilemma Activity Card Mr Cle

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    Drifting Dandelions Organiser’s C

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    Drifting Dandelions Help our Raveno

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    Fantastic Fingerprints Organiser’

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    Fantastic Fingerprints Activity Car

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    Fossil Folly Organiser’s Card Abo

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    Fossil Folly Activity Card A box of

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    Uncle Astro Get Set Jellies Organis

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    Get Set Jellies Activity Card Uncle

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    Goodbye Old Tree Organiser’s Card

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    Goodbye Old Tree Activity Card NEWS

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    Hoodie Hearing Organiser’s Card A

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    Hoodie Hearing Activity Card Headte

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    How Do You Drink Yours? Organiser

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    How Do You Drink Yours? Tea rituals

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    Share your ideas Do most people dri

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    What to do 1. In advance prepare th

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    Things to think about Encourage the

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    Getting started Think about how oth

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    Things to think about The cups and

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    Getting started Some of your fellow

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    CALAMITY What to do 1. Read the ACT

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    Getting started A kite is made up o

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    What to do MAKING TOOTHPASTE 1. Rea

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    Your challenge Bright Smile Toothpa

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    OUTDOOR GYM OUTDOOR GYM Outdoor Gym

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    Outdoor Gym R GYM Activity Card You

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    Test your ideas Which parts of the

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    Things to think about In this activ

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    Discuss Can you think of any intere

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    Playground Games PLAYGROUND GAMES O

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    Playground Games PLAYGROUND GAMES A

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    Polymer Problem Organiser’s Card

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    Protecting Polymers Organiser’s C

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    Protecting Polymers Activity Card Y

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    ACING ROCKETS Racing Rockets Organi

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    Keywords • Aerodynamics • Fligh

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    Discuss Are all rockets the same sh

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    RECYCLE REUSE Recycle Reuse Activit

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    Spinning Solutions Organiser’s Ca

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    Spinning Solutions Activity Card Ri

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    Super Spinners Organiser’s Card A

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    SUPER SPINNERS Take it further In t

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    Getting started SUPER SPINNERS You

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    Things to think about Many of the p

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    Getting started Here is what Frank

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    Testing and Comparing Tea Organiser

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    Testing and Comparing Tea Activity

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    Tomato Sauce Organiser’s Card TOM

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    Keywords • Sauce • Viscosity SA

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    Discuss TOMATO SAUCE How thick do y

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    Things to think about Some trees wi

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    Getting started Some fellow investi

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    TUMBLING TOAST Tumbling Toast TUMBL

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    Under Your Feet Organiser’s Card

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    Take it further There is a wide ran

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    Getting started Cut a big foot shap

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    Things to think about Scientists ar

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    Getting started You could start by

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    Windy Ways Organiser’s Card About

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    Worm Charming Organiser’s Card Ab

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    Keywords • Nature • Vibration

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    WORM CHARMING Getting started Make

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    6. Help the children to make their

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    Getting started Before you start wa

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