Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Growing our own Cress.


Last week I thought I would try something that I had never done before. Grow some cress! I thought it would be a nice activity to get Lily to help with. 
I had no idea how it would come out but thought I would give it a go and so read up on how to do it.

It was quite simple. 


All you need are seeds, a container, and cotton wool and water from the tap. 



I let Lily place the cotton wool into the glass container that I found and I pressed it down and then added a little water to dampen it. 


Then all you do is add the seeds. Which I let Lily do, and then I spaced them out a little more around the container. 




And then just place in a spot that gets light and wait. 

A few days later we saw a little progress and it has already started go grow a decent amount. Each day I would just add a trickle of water to the container. A few hadn't sprouted which is the brown that you can see. 


And then just over a week later we had a fully grown cress plant. Lily didn't really understand that we had made it grow but was interested to see the plant. We only used a few seeds and have loads more left so we can make more. 


I think next time we may try and be a little more creative and use a decorated yogurt pot and draw a face on the pot. So then the cress acts as hair!

Very easy and fun activity to do with your children teaching them about gardening and the science of growing a plant.

Have you ever made your own cress?

24 comments:

  1. Aww, we've not done this for ages! I might get my teenage daughter on this again, shes suddenly decided her favourite sandwich is cress sandwiches and has had them every day this week for school

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  2. I haven't grown cress since I was a child - I must try it again

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  3. I have and still do
    Tastes better than shop bought

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  4. We grew cress last year after my son loved the 'eggy heads' episode on Bing. Their website had a count down sheet that they colour in after each sleep until 7 sleeps have passed and the cress has grown. Was a lovely activity, shame he refused to eat it :P

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  5. Aww! I don't think I have grown cress since I was at school. What a great activity x

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  6. excellent! we used to grown a kidney bean in a jar with kitchen roll in the same way!(Kim Styles)

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  7. excellent! we used to grown a kidney bean in a jar with kitchen roll in the same way!(Kim Styles)

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  8. Started my own now won't be long growing

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  9. Started my own now won't be long growing

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  10. A lovely activity to get the munchkins introduced to growing foods :)

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  11. A lovely activity to get the munchkins introduced to growing foods :)

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  12. A fab activity to include all the kids with different ages. It's for a while since we did it last time.

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  13. A fab activity to include all the kids with different ages. It's for a while since we did it last time.

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  14. We are currently trying to grow cress. My 6 year old loves it :)

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  15. It's important for children to learn how things grow. This is a good idea to start with.

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  16. The kids love growing cress because its almost instant isn't it and very easy to do!! One of my first memories at school was growing cress in collton wool balls

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  17. With my kids we used to regularly grow various types of edible plants indoors which we could then eat once they reached a good size. We used to grow not just cress, which we loved in sandwiches, but also alfalfa (also good in sandwiches instead of lettuce) and mung beans, which give you the type of bean sprouts used in Chinese cooking.

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  18. Such a simple thing to do to get them wanting to grow

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  19. Oh I remember growing this when I was a kid lol, I also did it with my boys they lived it

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  20. Good idea for a project over the easter holidays thankyou

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  21. I can remember doing this in school when I was little way back in the 70s lol still fun today to do with children and so easy to do xx

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  22. It's surprising how easy it is to grow

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