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Spring Activities: Cress Heads

| February 25, 2014 | 14 Comments

Cress Heads are such a CLASSIC Spring activity for kids – they are quick, easy and so so fun. Oh and they are quite inexpensive too!!! This is something you can do year in year out and kids will never tire of making their own Cress Head characters. In fact… you could have a competition each year and encourage the kids to come up with new weird and wonderful Cress Head designs.

Cress Head How to

So… to make cress heads, you will need:

  • a packet of cress
  • some egg shells
  • cotton wool
  • some water

How to make Cress Heads:

Cress Heads how to

1) We have a birthday in the family at this time of year, so whilst baking birthday cakes, I carefully crack our eggs, so they are as “whole as possible”. You could of course carefully clean our your soft boiled breakfast egg too or save your eggs from your scrambled eggs to make these easy cress heads! I managed to collect 9.

2) Get the kids to decorate their egg shells. Encourage them to go crazy and have fun! We used marker pens for this. I love that Pip Squeak added a “beard” and moustache to hers and that Red Ted thought of adding rosy cheeks! They made four each and I made a sneaky one at the end too.

3) Stuff with cotton wool. We added 2 balls per egg. But maybe should have added a third.

4) Sprinkle your seeds and add a little water.

5) Place in a sunny place and watch.

Spring Activities Cress Heads

We must have some special FAST GROWING cress… as in less than a day, we could see our seeds “cracking open”! Quite amazing how quickly they grew!

Cress Head Growth over four days

This literally took four days…

Cress Head Craft for kidsCan you spot that they have been rearranged?!

Says one egg to the other egg

Over to you… give me your best CAPTION!!! Says the egg to the egg……

Sprout Head Red Ted Art

And here is a week or so later.. yummy on an egg mayo sandwich or peanut butter sandwich!!!

So lovely to be featured on Fun Crafts with Kids!

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  1. Liz Burton says:

    Love these! We used to do these all the time as kids!

    “You’re hair is cracking me up” :D

  2. “I egg-spect great things from you son”

  3. mary says:

    Where can I buy cress seeds? It looks like chia pet seeds. . .

  4. So adorable, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  5. I love this science/craft idea! It is so creative! I will share:) Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. George says:

    This is a terrific introduction to science. I’m going to try this with my kids.

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