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.
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SURPRISING STAINS Under Your Feet Activity Card You’ve come across an article in the news: NEWS UNDER YOUR FEET T Storyteller’s tiny dilemma Good news! Children’s writer, Stella Storyteller, is writing her latest book. It’s the story of two special children who wake up one morning and find themselves the size of ants. They go on a journey through Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve and encounter all sorts of difficulties because of their size. But Stella is stuck for ideas! What would create a challenge for our intrepid duo? Can you help? Your challenge Find out what’s under your feet and create one of the adventures to go in Stella Storyteller’s new book. Discuss What animals, plants and other tiny things might you find if you look closely under your feet in Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve? What would it be like if you were very small? What would you find if you climbed a tree?
Getting started Cut a big foot shape out of a piece of card. Keep the cut out foot and the hole that’s left. Place the cut out hole on a patch of ground and look carefully at what you find there. Then record what you see by drawing on the cut out foot. Include all the plants and animals and anything else you see such as rocks, twigs and spiders’ webs. You can place the cut out hole in another place such as a field, a tree trunk or bare soil and record the results on the back of the cut out foot UNDER YOUR FEET Test your ideas You are not going to bring any living things indoors, so you need to make sure you record very carefully what you see. Use a magnifier to help you. You could take digital photographs or look things up using identification keys or books. Share your ideas Talk about what you have found. Then share your ideas for one of the adventures to go in Stella Storyteller’s book. Extra things to do Think about other places where you could look under your feet. What do you find? Will you find different things under your feet each day? How can you encourage more living things into your garden or school grounds?