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 (

Bumblebee Mystery

Bumblebee Mystery Activity Card Dear Investigators We think bumblebees are brilliant! They pollinate our flowers and help them to make seeds. We spend all our spare time looking for bumblebees. Our favourite is the great yellow bumblebee, but we haven’t seen one yet. We don’t see as many bumblebees as we used to and we are worried because bumblebees are very important. We’d like to do a survey across the country to see where the bumblebees are. Can you help us? From, Buzzabout The Buzzabout family P.S. We have sent some pictures of pollinators to help you. Your challenge Help the Buzzabout family by carrying out a bumblebee survey. Discuss Look at the pictures of pollinators. Sort them into bumblebees and other insects. Have you seen any of the bumblebees? Where did you see them?

Getting started Where will you look for bumblebees? How long will you spend looking? Start a survey to see what you can find. Test your ideas Could you make a tally chart or pictogram to record what you see? Pollinator Tally e.g. wasp Share your ideas Make a plan or a guide to show how to make the area more bumblebee-friendly. Extra things to do Look at the bumblebee-friendly plants. Which do you have already and which could you add to your area? Set up a camera to observe bumblebee activity. Find out more about why bumblebees are so important. 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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