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Growing Cress on Tissue Paper

If your little angels are anything like mine then school holidays can be a bit of a trial. Finding enough to do in order to keep them occupied without simply sitting them in front of the television is not easy. So I decided to introduce them to the amazing world of growing cress.

It’s a pretty simple thing to do, that they can all have a go with (my youngest is two, and whilst he didn’t really understand why we were doing whast we were doing, he certainly joined in with enthusiasm.

Microdaughter loves to grow things. She loves filling pots with compost, she loves planting seeds and she simply adores watering. However the thing she loves the most is seeing the seedlings for the first time and watching them grow.

I placed a damp piece of kitchen towel in the upturned lid of an old formula milk pot and got them to sprinkle cress seeds over it (if you do this at home please for the love of God don’t do this bit over the carpet). I popped it on the windowsill and we topped up the water on the tissue paper every day as it dried out pretty quickly, but as I’m sure you’ll agree the results are pretty impressive. The tricky bit now of course is getting them to eat it!

About two hours later, you can see some of the seeds are already beginning to sprout.
About two hours later, you can see some of the seeds are already beginning to sprout.
24hrs in, the seeds have all well and truly burst into life.
24hrs in, the seeds have all well and truly burst into life.
Day 2 - As you can see I should have turned the lid round a couple of times as they are all growing towards the light!
Day 2 – As you can see I should have turned the lid round a couple of times as they are all growing towards the light!
A veritable cress forest by day four.
A veritable cress forest by day four.

After the success of growing cress, we’ve moved on to something a little more challenging. If it works out I’ll let you know!

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