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Watching plants grow is a lovely experience for your little ones, and the rapid growing nature of cress makes it a great plant to monitor for a project. You can buy packets of cress seeds in supermarkets, garden centres and hardware stores; a single packet will have plenty of seeds for a few growing projects.
Cress grows very well on cotton wool which is less messy than using more traditional soil. You can grow cress in any receptacle, here are a few ideas:-
- Create growing 'pots' out of Duplo, Lego or other building blocks
- Take some egg shells and grow in there, draw faces on the front to make 'cress men'
- Use an egg box to create a mountainous landscape with cress 'trees'
- Grow cress in the shapes of your childrens initials, try creating their whole name!
- Use small boxes, tins or any other containers
Lay some cotton wool inside your chosen 'pot', sprinkle seeds on top and saturate it with water. Leave it in a warm and light place such as a windowsill. Look at the pot each day and see what happens. Watch as the seeds start sprouting and then grow into tall cress. After a few days you will be able to harvest the cress - chop it with a pair of scissors and sprinkle it inside a sandwich and enjoy the reward of your labours!