This is lovely activity for the kids to do. It involves two of my favourite things: crafting and growing plants from seed. Making these cute Cress Egg Heads is a really cool way to introduce the concept of food growing from seeds to our children. You can do this activity all year round, and as it only requires a small area of your windowsill it is something everyone can do.
I love growing my own fruit and veg, and it’s something I have tried to encourage my children to get involved in. One thing I have found though, is my children tend to be a little impatient when it comes to waiting for things to grow. I think they assume all seeds are like magic beans, and you sprinkle on some water and hey presto! Obviously real life isn’t like that, but these cress heads do grow very quickly and will satisfy even those most impatient child. Cress seeds germinate in 24-48 hours and the cress can be ready to put into egg sandwiches in just 7-10 days.
This little activity is a lot of fun and the kids loved decorating their egg shells, and watching their cress grow. As it’s fun they don’t realise that it’s educational too. Whilst decorating our egg heads we discussed what other food you can grow from seed? what seeds need in order to grow? what germination is? and why it’s good to grow your own fruit and veg?
Cress seeds are really easy to come by. Obviously they will be sold in your local garden centre, but I’ve also seen them for sale in the supermarkets and local pound shops.
So if you want to grow your own Cress Egg Heads here’s how you do it, or pin it for later!
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What You Will Need:
- Pens, glue, goggley eyes and small pom poms for decoration
- Cotton wool balls
- Cress seeds
How You Make Cress Egg Heads
- Crack your eggs! Using a blunt knife try to take off the top 3rd of the shell only. Don’t waste the eggs though, you could always use them to bake some yummy cupcakes! Wash out your egg shells and leave to dry.
- When dry they are ready to be decorated. You could decorate them however you wish, but we decided to do faces. We stuck on googley eyes and small pom poms for noses, and used the pens to draw smiles and add features.
- Pop your decorated egg shells in egg cups or stand them in an egg box to dry.
- Wet cotton wall balls and squeeze out the excess. Place inside your egg shells. If you have a really large egg shell, you can always place two cotton wall balls inside.
- Sprinkle the cress seeds on top of the cotton wool balls, lightly pushing down the seeds.
- Sit them in a warm, light place like a sunny windowsill.
- Sprinkle each day with drops of water and watch them grow!
If you check them each day you will see the seeds start to sprout in a couple of days, and you can see progress each day. You need to make sure the cotton wool balls don’t dry out, but don’t over water them either. As you can see from the picture below Oliver’s cress head didn’t grow as well as the other two as he got a bit carried away with the watering! Within 7-14 days you should have cress long enough to harvest. Isla now loves cress in her egg mayo sandwiches!
What do you think of our little Cress Egg Heads? Is this something you have done before?
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