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.

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Star On a Shoestring

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Discuss Talk to your buddy and plan where you will go on your plant hunt. Getting started Have a good look around outside. Look up and down, in corners, on buildings and patches of land. Remember, clues about plants might be hidden anywhere! Can you find any plants with flowers? Where is the strangest place you can find a plant growing? Do you notice anything about where you find plants growing? How can you make sure that everyone stays safe? Test your ideas If you find any plants, can you work out how they got there? Share your ideas Take photographs or draw pictures of the plants you find to make a plant detective album. Mark on a map where you found the plants. Extra things to do Try to discover the names of the plants you found. Try to find out if plants always need soil to grow. Would you find different plants at different times of year? British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 20

RAINBOW COLLECTORS Rainbow Collectors RAINBOW COLLECTORS Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about colours in nature. Cosmic and Gem see a rainbow at the park, but once the rain stops, the rainbow fades away. Cosmic and Gem are sad that the rainbow has vanished. Aunt Stella thinks that they can make one from the colours that they can see around them. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about where they might find different colours • Explore and hunt for different colours in their surroundings • Gather their results and present them as a beautiful rainbow Kit list • Colour-collecting palettes – ideally one between two Use a long white strip divided up into 6 sections to represent a simple rainbow. Mark each section with a coloured dot (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) or you could let children do this after their discussion. Alternatively you can give each group a plate-sized circle of just one of these colours so that they focus on one colour. You need to cover the palette with small pieces of double-sided tape. This is where they are going to stick their rainbow samples. What to do 1. Follow the structure on the ACTIVITY CARD. Make sure that you give children time to talk about their ideas. 2. Read the story. Then get the children to talk to a buddy about the questions and the opinions of Cosmic, Gem and Aunt Stella.. 3. The children will need a colour-collecting palette (see kit list), ideally one between two. 4. Tell the children about going to look for the rainbow. Make it sound like an exciting adventure. 5. Show them examples of the things to collect e.g. bits of flowers and leaves. 6. Remind them that they must stay near their helper. 7. When they return they can share what they have found and create a rainbow by putting their palettes together. These can then be put on display. 8. There are follow up activities for children who have finished or who want to do more finding out at home and earn a bonus sticker. 21

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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