If you’re already tired of the sight of all that Easter chocolate, here’s a great idea for Easter eggs that aren’t just healthy, but exciting too! Easter Egg Cress-Heads are easy and lots of fun to make with your little ones over the Easter break, and then once the cress has grown, it’s super tasty in salads and soups - and egg sandwiches too, of course.
To make Easter Egg Cress-Heads, you will need:
- One egg shell per Cress-Head
- Cotton wool
- Mustard and cress seeds
- Art supplies to decorate the egg shells e.g. paint, felt-tips, glitter glue and stick-on eyes
Thanks to Make It and Mend It, in partnership with the greetings cards specialist Hallmark, for this great Easter craft idea
Boil eggs in the usual way, and then use a sharp knife to slice off the top of the egg. Eat the inside of the egg so that the shell isn’t damaged – you want your Easter Egg Cress-Head to be as pretty as possible!
Fill about two-thirds of the egg shell with cotton wool. Add water so that all of the cotton wool is moist.
Sprinkle some seeds on top of the cotton wool, pressing them gently into the cotton wool, and place the filled egg shell into an egg cup. Here’s a tip – if you want your Cress-Head to grow hair that’s a different colour, add a few drops of food colouring to the cotton wool.
Now for the fun part! Ask your kids to get creative and decorate their own Cress-Heads, not forgetting to add a friendly face to give their Cress-Head some character. Be gentle when decorating the egg shells so that they don’t break.
Find a warm, sunlit spot in your house to put the Cress-Heads. A kitchen windowsill is perfect for this.
Water your Cress-Heads every day, and in about 2-3 days, it should start to sprout some lovely green ‘hair’! Leave your Cress-Heads to grow for about a week to make them as tasty as possible.
You can then use a pair of scissors to trim the Cress-Heads, and you’ll have a nice pile of tasty greens to use however you wish.
Growing Cress-Heads is a fantastic way to teach children about how seeds grow using light and water, and perhaps even inspire them to become avid little gardeners. Even young children can enjoy making Easter Egg Cress-Heads, and it’s sure to make them excited about eating their vegetables!
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Thank you for this great Easter inspired Guest Post :D
Love Kayleigh x