Cress egg heads
Fun egg facts plus how to grow your own cress head
Cress is delicious in sandwiches. You can grow your own from an empty egg shell. Did you know that one egg can have as many as five yolks – but most have just one!
Ask an adult to help you get these things:
- butter knife
- kitchen roll
- cotton wool or a cotton pad
- cress seeds
- felt-tip pen
- wholemeal bread (to make the sandwich)
Ready to start? Take care – some steps need adult help.
Using the back of a butter knife, crack an egg into a bowl by giving it a firm tap close to the top of the egg. (You can use the egg in the bowl to make scrambled eggs or for baking after you’ve finished).
Carefully separate the two parts of the shell and ask an adult to give the larger part a good wash. This is really important as raw egg can contain things that can make you ill!
Wet a piece of kitchen towel. Screw it up and gently put it inside the shell, making sure you don’t break it.
Next, wet a thin piece of cotton wool or cotton pad and put it on top of the kitchen towel.
Scatter a layer of cress seeds on top of the cotton wool then sprinkle water on top.
Rest the eggshell in the base of your egg box or in an egg cup.
Leave in a warm, light place and sprinkle with drops of water every day – the cress should start to sprout in a few days.
As your cress starts to grow, draw a face on each shell.
Once the cress is about 5cm tall, snip it off with some clean scissors.
Now you can use it to make an egg and cress sandwich!