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.

To browse the packs, click the buttons below or scroll down.

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 (

Hoodie Hearing Activity

Hoodie Hearing Activity Card Headteacher of Startown Primary School, Mrs Teachem, narrowly avoided a collision with a pupil who stepped into the road in front of her car at the entrance to the school. “He couldn’t hear a thing!” exclaimed Mrs Teachem. “He didn’t even hear the horn with that hoodie over his ears. Perhaps I should ban hoodies.” Your challenge Is Mrs Teachem right? Find out if hoods and other ear coverings make it a lot more difficult to hear. Discuss Have you ever worn a hood? Did it make it difficult to hear? What other things might stop you hearing very well? How will you find out? Getting started You need hoods and/or a collection of things that might cover your ears. You need to think of something to listen to. You need to think of how to measure how well you can hear the sound.

Test your ideas Will you need to make sure that your test is fair? Will the direction and distance the sound travels from make a difference? What about the number of layers? Share your ideas Discuss what happens if you wear something over your ears. Did everybody find the same result? You could do a ‘thumbs up, thumbs down’ chart to show your results. How could you use your results to improve road safety? Extra things to do What other senses do you use when you cross the road? Find out how wearing a hoodie might affect these. Find out if wearing music earphones affects your safety. How do people who are deaf keep safe on the roads? 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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

Managed by:

Supported by:

British Science Association

Wellcome Wolfson Building,
165 Queen's Gate

© 2018 British Science Association