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.

Goodbye Old Tree

Goodbye Old Tree Activity Card NEWS What should we do with the old tree? We need your ideas now! What should we do with the old tree? We need your ideas now! NEWS Treedwell’s local government are chopping down a tree. The Treedwell tree has been alive for almost 250 years. They want to plan ahead so that they know what to do with the tree when it dies. Councillor Hazel Nutt wants your help at the Startown Technology Show. Treedwell’s local government are chopping down a tree. The Treedwell tree has been alive for almost 250 years. They want to plan ahead so that they know what to do with the tree when it dies. Councillor Hazel Nutt wants your help.at the Startown Technology Show. Do you have any ideas for what would be a suitable end for this lovely old tree? “How can we use all of the tree, even the roots and the leaves?” asked Councilor Hazel Nutt. “We want to use the tree to support local plants and animals, as well as let the people of Treedwell remember the old tree.” Your challenge Come up with some really good ideas for how to use the tree once it has been chopped down. Discuss What parts of the tree could you use? How could the tree be used to help plants and animals? How are you going to present your ideas? What will make your ideas stand out?

Getting started To come up with some ideas you might need: • Paper • Pencils • Access to a computer and the internet Test your ideas The people of Treedwell have had a few ideas, how similar are they to yours? Perhaps we could put part of the tree somewhere where it could rot. Perhaps it could be made into something for wild animals to use. What about something that people could use in the town? What about something that could be used to help plants to grow? Share your ideas Share your ideas with your partner school or another class. You can also send them to Hazel Nutt by visiting www.opalexplorenature.org/crest Extra things to do The tree has ‘seen’ some amazing things during its lifetime. Why not create a story about the life of the tree, or you could create a time line showing what was happening as the tree grew. 1760 Industrial Revolution begins in England 1833 Slavery abolished in British Empire 1859 Darwin’s On the Origin of Species 1876 Bell patents the telephone 1903 Wright brothers fly first motorized airplane 1914 World War I begins 1939 World War II begins 1947 Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement leads to an independent India 1969 Armstrong and Aldrin walk on the Moon 1981 Scientists identify AIDS 1991 Apartheid ends in South Africa Can you add some more historical events? 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