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.

How Do You Drink Yours?

How Do You Drink Yours? Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about traditions and preferences around tea. Tea is a large part of many cultures in the world, including Britain, Russia, China and Japan. Can the children investigate the tea drinking culture in the UK and see if there are any patterns? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Learn about different tea drinking traditions from around the world. • Carry out a survey to find the most popular way of drinking tea. • Make decisions about how to present the information they gather. Kit list • Copies of the questionnaire from the ACTIVITY CARD or their own version of it • Clipboards • Pens and paper What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the stories about tea from around the world 2. Give out activity cards and equipment to the children. 3. Explain that they will be carrying out a survey to find out about how different people drink their tea. 4. Encourage them to add, delete or change questions from the questionnaire. 5. Help children list a wide range of people that they could ask. 6. Help them to think how they will gather the responses from the questionnaires into a tally chart and record their answers. 7. Support the children to carry out their survey 8. Ask the children to present their findings to the rest of the group, they can be as creative in their presentation as they want. Children will end up with a lot of data. They may need to produce tables, tick lists, tally charts or even spreadsheets to collect the results. They may be able to do some of this electronically. Alternatively, they can draw simple charts and tables of the data.

Things to think about Try to help children to look for patterns in their data, such as the difference between the preferences of young and old people, males and females etc. Keywords • Tea • Culture • Patterns • Trends • Data • Surveys. Watch out! It is important that children talk to an adult about the people they are going to interview. 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