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

  • Text
  • Cosmic
  • Plants
  • Timers
  • Association
  • Rainbow
  • Cans
  • Materials
  • Registered
  • Colours
  • Crest
  • Shoestring
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This resource is published under an Attribution - non-commercial - no derivatives 4.0 International creative commons licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Discuss Talk to a buddy

Discuss Talk to a buddy about your ideas on how to find all the colours of the rainbow. CTORS Getting started You are going to collect your rainbow on a palette. Look around you very carefully. You might find leaves, flowers and other things. You only need tiny bits of each colour. Stick the bits of colour on your palette. Test your ideas Do you think Cosmic and Gem will find the same colours in spring, summer, autumn and winter? Share your ideas Put all your palettes on display to make a beautiful rainbow. Extra things to do You could take some photographs or draw pictures of the different colours you can see around you. You could make a rainbow scrapbook. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 24

Sniffly Sneezes Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about the strength and absorbency of materials. SNIFFLY SNEEZE Achoo!! Gem has a cold and her hankie isn’t working very well. Can you help her find a better one? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about what makes a good hankie • Test different materials and observe how they behave when used to absorb water • Record their results and share them with the group. Kit list SNIFFLY SNEEZE • A selection of different materials that could be used as hankies e.g. tissue paper, cotton, newspaper, crepe paper, cotton wool, paper (different makes), tissues, greaseproof paper • Plastic trays • Water and food colourings • Plastic pipettes • Podium sheets – see www.britishscienceassociation.org/creststar 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. Get the children to talk to a buddy about the questions and the opinions of Gem, Cosmic and Aunt Stella. 3. Then give the children a set of materials to test as hankies. Let them talk about which they think might be best and how they will find out, before they start investigating 4. You could list the different tests they might want to do e.g. absorbency, strength or smoothness. Make sure that they test all the different materials. Encourage them to use their own ideas too. 5. When they have finished, put the best materials on the winners’ podium and talk about why these were the best hankies. You might get them to think why we have disposable tissues. 6. 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. To present their work the children could: Draw or place the hankies on the winners’ podium. Make a collage, using bits from the different hankies. Produce a poster, using smiley faces and sad faces to indicate how good the hankies are. 25

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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