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.

Making and testing

Making and testing toothpaste 112 Outdoor gym 118 Over to you 124 Playground games 130 Polymer problem 134 Protecting polymers 138 Racing rockets 142 Recycle, reuse 146 Spinning solutions 150 Super spinners 154 Surprising stains 158 Testing and comparing tea 164 The mystery of the Colorado Brown Stain 168 Tomato sauce 172 Tree trouble 176 Tumbling toast 180 Under your feet 184 Warm or cold? 188 Windy ways 192 Worm charming 196 Yummy yoghurt 200

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  • Page 7 and 8: There’s a hole in my bucket, dear
  • Page 9 and 10: Getting started 2/2 We are going to
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  • Page 13 and 14: Discuss Think about trees that you
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  • Page 17 and 18: Discuss Do you think that all glues
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  • Page 22 and 23: Band Rollers Activity Card NEWS BRE
  • Page 24 and 25: Bowled Over Organiser’s Card Abou
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  • Page 28 and 29: Bridge Blunder Organiser’s Card A
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  • Page 32 and 33: Brilliant Birds Organiser’s Card
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  • Page 36 and 37: Bumblebee Mystery Organiser’s Car
  • Page 38 and 39: Bumblebee Mystery Activity Card Dea
  • Page 40 and 41: Bumblebee Mystery Bee friendly plan
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  • Page 47 and 48: Discuss Read the advert for Bright
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    Getting started Ingredients A cup o

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    Things to think about Some children

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    Getting started To help you to deci

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    What to do 1. Introduce the activit

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    Getting started You can use sheets

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    Things to think about Scientists ar

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    Getting started Make a flyer advert

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    Things to think about Talk to the c

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    Getting started 2/2 Think about the

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    Things to think about Dandelions ge

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    Getting started Find all the places

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    Things to think about Let the child

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    Getting started You either need to

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    Things to think about Children will

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    Getting started Make model dinosaur

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    Things to think about For many reas

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    Getting started Some other investig

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    Things to think about There is no r

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    Getting started To come up with som

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    Things to think about Some material

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    Test your ideas Will you need to ma

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    Things to think about Try to help c

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    Discuss Who will you ask? How many

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    INVESTIGATING INK Investigating Ink

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    JOURNEY STICK Journey Stick Organis

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    Journey Stick Activity Card JOURNEY

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    Just My Cup of Tea Organiser’s Ca

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    Just My Cup of Tea Activity Card It

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    KITE CALAMITY Kite Calamity Organis

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    KITE CALAMITY Kite Calamity You’v

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    Making Toothpaste/ Terrific Teeth P

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    NG TOOTHPASTE Making Toothpaste/ Te

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    To get you started, a few fellow in

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    OUTDOOR GYM Things to think about T

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    Discuss You could find out: What ki

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    OVER TO YOU Over to You Organiser

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    Over To You Activity Card You’ve

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    Extra things to do Read these stori

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    Things to think about Visual disabi

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    Getting started How well are outdoo

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    its. Share what they have chosen. E

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    Getting started Explore the materia

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    Things to think about Testing foil

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    Getting started You will need some

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    Racing Rockets Activity Card You’

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    Recycle Reuse RECYCLE REUSE RECYCLE

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    Take it further Paper is made from

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    RECYCLE REUSE Getting started Tear

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    Things to think about This is a gre

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    Getting started Plan what you are g

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    SUPER SPINNERS Super Spinners Activ

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    SURPRISING STAINS Surprising Stains

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    SURPRISING STAINS Surprising Stains

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    Test your ideas What colours did yo

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    Things to think about To decide whi

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    Getting started Why not carry out a

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    TOMATO SAUCE TOMATO SAUCE Tomato Sa

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    Save the tree Tree Trouble Organise

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    Tree Trouble Activity Card Save the

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    G TOAST Tumbling Toast Organiser’

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    Take it further TUMBLING TOAST The

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    Getting started Start by finding ou

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    SURPRISING STAINS Under Your Feet A

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    COLD Warm or Cold Organiser’s Car

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    Warm or Cold Activity Card No one h

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    Test your ideas Do big things cool

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    Things to think about Make sure tha

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    Getting started Practice blowing bu

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    What to do 1. Read the ACTIVITY CAR

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    Worm Charming WORM CHARMING You’v

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    Yummy Yoghurt Makers Organiser’s

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    Yummy Yoghurt Makers Activity Card

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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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges