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

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  • Handson
  • Stem
  • Challenges
  • Discussion
  • Explore
  • Create
  • Experiment
  • Investigate
  • Toothpaste
  • Materials
  • Glue
  • Tomato
  • Yoghurt
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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? Tea rituals Activity Card Over 70% of people in the UK drink tea everyday! 97% of them use tea bags, a relatively modern invention. Some use a teapot, others make it in their cup. Some people add milk, others don’t. Some drink herbal teas, others regular tea. In Japan, they have a special tea ceremony called the Chanoyu. The Tea Master makes the tea using powdered green tea and boiled water mixed together with a bamboo whisk. A special tea kettle called a samovar is used in Russia to make strong black tea. This tea is so strong that it has to be diluted with hot water before you can drink it. In China, they have a tea ceremony, all about how it smells and tastes. To make sure that the tea is just right, the rules for making the tea must be followed carefully. The server pours the tea into each cup ensuring that it is just over half way, it is then polite to drink the tea by emptying the cup in three swallows. Your challenge As you can see making a cup of tea is far from simple. So what is the best way to drink tea? Hot or cold? Green or fruity? Black or milky? With sugar or without? Can you find out which is the most popular way to drink tea?

Discuss Who will you ask? How many people will you include? How will you record what you find? Remember to ask as many different people as you can, but only interview people you know and trust. Getting started Look at the sample questionnaire below. Are there any questions you would like to change, delete or add? Name: Age: Male / Female 1. Do you drink tea? Yes / No 2. How many cups of tea do you drink each day? 3. What type/brand of tea do you have in your cupboard at the moment? 4. Do you use teabags? Yes / No 5. Do you know anyone who drinks different types of tea? (who / what) 6. Do you make tea in a teapot? 7. How long do you leave the tea to brew? 8. Do you warm the pot or mug first? 9. How much sugar do you put in your tea? 10. What type of milk do you have in your tea? 11. Do you put the milk into the cup first or last? 12. Is there one thing which is more important than all the others when you make a nice cup of tea? Test your ideas You may want a tally chart like this to collect the results from the questionnaire. Then you can see any pattern in people’s responses. How many cups of tea do you drink a day? How do you make your tea? How long do you let your tea brew? Do you have sugar? How many spoons? Do you have milk? Which kind? 1 2 3 4 Tea bag Tea pot Herbal tea 30 seconds 1 minute 2 minutes 5 minutes 1 2 3 4 Skimmed Semi Skimmed Full fat No milk What’s the best way to present the information that you collected? Could you use a bar graph or even a pie chart? What other ways could you use?

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