Activity Card 3
Cress Head


One of the easiest things to grow is cress because it grows quickly and you don't even need any soil to grow it in!

A simple idea to make growing cress fun is by making a cress head:

You will need:

A packet of cress seeds

Used yoghurt pots

Kitchen roll

Cotton wool


Wash the yoghurt pot and either paint or cover in paper.

Glue on some eyes, a nose and a mouth to make a face.

Wet some scrunched-up kitchen roll and push this into the pot followed by a thin damp layer of cotton wool, leaving a gap of about 2cm below the top of the pot.

Sprinkle the cress seeds on top of the cotton wool, pressing them down lightly.

Leave the pot in a warm light place, check that the cotton wool remains damp and add a little water if necessary. Look daily for signs of growth, which should happen after about 7 days.

When the cress is fully grown (when it has green leafy tops) it can be cut and eaten straight away or you could put some in a sandwich or in a salad.

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