We really enjoyed making our cress head, especially as after the initial activity, as we got to nurture the cress and watch it grow. It was great fun cutting off the cress when it was long enough and eating it in egg sandwiches.
What do I need to make a cress head?
A plastic pot the size of a small yoghurt pot
A ball of cotton wool
Some cress seeds
How do I make a cress head?
Draw a face onto your plastic pot.
Put some cotton wool in your plastic pot, so it’s three quarters full.
Wet the cotton wool with water, you want it to be wet all the way through, but don’t want excess water.
Sprinkle seeds on the cotton wool (we used a whole small packet for one plastic pot).
Place your Cress Head on a sunny window sill and water regularly.
Our cress took a week to grow to a height where we wanted to cut it.
Cut the cress with scissors (supervise children).
We then used our cress in egg mayonnaise sandwiches (supervise children).
What did we like about the activity?
Making the Cress Head was pretty straight forward and quick.
The Cress Head gave us a daily activity – to see how much the cress had grown, to check if it needed watering and watering it.
Cutting the cress when it had grow gave a sense of achievement and was fun to do.
This activity had been enjoyed by both children and adults. It’s been great at the activity didn’t just end at the making stage. Growing cress taught us lessons about caring and nurturing for plants whilst showing how plants grow. It was a good opportunity to be able to use the cress and do some cooking together to make the egg sandwiches for our lunch.
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