How to Grow Your Own Cress Egg Heads

May 6, 2019 14 Comments
Cress Egg Heads

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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Cress Egg Heads

What You Will Need:

  • Eggs
  • Pens, glue, goggley eyes and small pom poms for decoration
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Cress seeds

How You Make Cress Egg Heads

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pop your decorated egg shells in egg cups or stand them in an egg box to dry.
  4. 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.
  5. Sprinkle the cress seeds on top of the cotton wool balls, lightly pushing down the seeds.
  6. Sit them in a warm, light place like a sunny windowsill.
  7. 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?

Kerry xx

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  • Claire | the ladybirds adventures March 30, 2018 at 9:36 am

    i love gardening an craftinf with kids. These are so cute #kidsandkreativity

    • Kerry April 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Yes you cant beat gardening and crafts, and this one isn’t weather dependent! Thank you x

  • Gemma - Mummy's Waisted March 30, 2018 at 10:06 am

    This is perfect! About to make some cupcakes with the kids so will save the egg shells!

    • Kerry April 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

      And it’s also a great excuse to make some cupcakes!

  • This Scribbler Mum March 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    This is a very cool idea! I don’t have a backyard so this definitely is great and something we can do. #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry April 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Perfect excuse to make some!

  • Cheshire SEN Tutor March 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I keep meaning to make some of these with the kids and then forgetting! Thanks for the reminder! #KidsandKreativitt

    • Kerry April 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Tweet me a pic if you do!

  • carla@ouramanahsourfutures March 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I love growing plants aswell. Although my veges never grow. At least I try. These cress heads are really sweet.

    • Kerry April 13, 2018 at 9:13 am

      They are so easy to do to, so you shouldn’t have any problems with these growing.

  • Cassandra Mayers April 3, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Such a nice activity to do. I think I will do this with Lily soon. We have done cress before but didn’t make eggy heads out of them. She will love that she can put a face on.

  • These look fab! Penguin got a ‘vintage’ activity book with “Big Cook, Little Cook” for his birthday, and this is one of the activities in it (though they say to boil and eat their eggs first, but I think your way of doing it is probably better). I saw it and thought ‘that’ll make a neat blog post too’ We didn’t get around to trying it yet, but I look forward to it. I love the taste of cress!
    And I think this is a great new linky you’ve started! x

  • Helena April 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    This is a fantastic project. I recall doing it when I was little #KidsandKreativity

  • jon May 3, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Wow thanks for sharing it was really good to see this

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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