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 (

Bowled Over Activity

Bowled Over Activity Card Orion and Andromeda love playing outside but the play area isn’t very exciting. They’ve played football, chase and hide and seek over and over again. Now they want to play a new game. They both love going to the bowling alley. “Could we make a bowling alley outside?” they wonder. Your challenge Design and make a version of ten-pin bowling that you can play outside. To help you out, a few of Cosmic and Gem classmates have had some ideas: “I think we should compare short fat bottles and tall thin bottles.” “I think we should try using sand, water, gravel and bits of polystyrene to fill the bottles.” “I think we should compare big balls and small balls, and light balls and heavier balls.” “I think we should try playing our bowling game on gravel, short grass, long grass, sand, concrete and tarmac.” “I think we should see how many pins are knocked over in 10 throws to compare different arrangements.” Discuss Talk about ten-pin bowling and how you play it. If you have never played ten-pin bowling, see what you can find out about how to play it. How will you make pins that are like the ones at a bowling alley? Plastic drinks bottles could work, but you might have other ideas. How will you arrange the pins? How will you make them stand up? Don’t forget that it might be windy outside! What will make the best bowling ball? Bowling alleys are usually very smooth. Can you think why? Which outside surface might be best for your new game?

Getting started How will you test your ideas to see which works best? How will you make sure you do your tests safely? Test your ideas How will you record your findings? Could you make a table or a graph to show your results? Big Bottles Number of bottle knocked over in 10 throws Small Bottles Big Ball Small Ball Share your ideas Take pictures of your investigations. Use your pictures to design a set of instructions for making an outdoor ten-pin bowling alley. 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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