Egg and cress sandwich anyone? Cress is a fabulous seed for little ones to grow since it starts sprouting very quickly. Couple this with the novelty of growing ‘hair’ for an egg and you’re on to a winner!
- plastic egg halves;
- egg cup;
- marker pen (optional);
- cress seeds; and
- cotton wool pads or balls.
Before you get started: be sure to check out my 8 Principles of Play!
Sowing cress is super easy and your little one can help every step of the way! Simply dampen your cotton wool with water and add a layer to the base of each egg half. Then sprinkle over the cress seeds and you’re done! If you like, you can use a marker pen to draw a face on your eggs
Ev loved helping to add the cotton wool and sprinkle the seeds. He then had a wonderful chat with Granny about the 3 things needed for seeds to grow: water, light and warmth! Each day he has been so excited to see the sprouts forming and he can’t wait to give his egg a hair cut so that he can have egg and cress sandwiches for lunch.
Don’t forget to sprinkle your cress with a little water when the cotton wool starts to dry out!
This activity is great for developing an awareness of how plants grow and the science behind it, observation and fine motor skills.