Get cracking with cress egg heads!

This simple and engaging craft allows kids to explore their creativity while learning a bit about growing food.

May 28, 2024

Materials

You will need:

  • Eggshells: With the top third of each shell removed.

  • Cotton wool or paper towel: To hold moisture and support seed growth.

  • Seeds: Cress, microgreens, or sprouts are all great choices.

  • Decorations: Anything you like such as textas, paints, googly eyes, sequins, pom-poms – whatever you have on hand for personalising your eggheads.

Instructions

Prepare your eggshells

Gently crack and remove the top third of each eggshell. Empty the contents into a container and pop into the fridge to be used later (delicious cupcakes anyone?).

Thoroughly wash and dry the remaining two thirds of the shells to get them ready for decorating and planting.

Get creative!

Let your kids unleash their creativity here! They can simply draw a face on the eggshell or decorate it with whatever you have on hand for decorating. They could base their egg head around their favourite book or TV character – or conjure something up from their imagination. There’s no right or wrong way to do this – anything goes!

Once the eggshells have been decorated, pop them into an empty egg carton while they dry.

Next – it’s planting time!

  1. Moisten some cotton wool or a piece of paper towel and gently place it inside each eggshell. It should be damp but not wet.

  2. Sprinkle a teaspoon of your chosen seeds on top of the cotton wool/paper towel.

Growing your egg heads

  1. Place the eggshells in a warm and well-lit spot, such as a sunny windowsill (but not in direct sunlight or they may dry out too quickly).

  2. Keep the cotton wool damp by checking it daily and adding a few drops of water when needed.

Harvest time

Once the seeds sprout (from 1 to a few days) and the ‘hair’ reaches a few centimetres tall, it’s time to harvest. Cut the greens and enjoy them in a sandwich or salad.

Once harvested, you can start the process over again with new cotton wool/kitchen paper and seeds.

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