Mr and Mrs Cresshead

Activity

Pupils will enjoy making this fun object whilst learning what seeds and plants need to grow.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Science, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Learn to recognise that plants need light and water to grow 
  • Understand that roots anchor plants

Preparation

Use this activity as an introduction to plants or as a fun way to involve others in gardening and your school garden. 

Equipment needed

  • The foot end of a pair of tights
  • Cup 
  • Cress seeds
  • Compost
  • Wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, felt, natural objects e.g. acorns and seeds
  • Cool melt glue gun
  • PVA glue

Step by step

  1. Place the piece of tights inside the cup and overlap the top. Put about two teaspoons of cress seeds inside the tights. Almost fill the tights with compost.
  2. Remove the tights and tie off the end. Turn it over so the cress is at the top.
  3. Pull out some of the tights with compost inside it to make the nose. Use a rubber band to hold it in place.
  4. Decorate the rest of the face, remembering to leave the top of the head free for the cress to grow like hair.
  5. Place the finished cress person onto a saucer and water well. Put it on a windowsill. Check each day to see if it needs watering.
  6. When the seed germinates, cut a cross shape in the top as cress will not grow through the tights. When the cress has grown, cut your cress person’s hair and use it in salads or sandwiches.

Hints & tips

  • Take photos with a digital camera of cress growth and use them to create a diary.
  • This activity also works well with grass seed.

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