So with our eggs hard boiled and the insides carefully scooped out (and used to make sandwiches - we'll call those the control group sandwiches), we were ready to start work on our cress heads. First Poppet very gently stuffed the empty eggshells with cotton wool. She was very gentle indeed. Then she had to make their faces. The first egg got goggly eyes but the other two she only wanted to use pen on. She carefully drew on eyes, a nose, a mouth, eyebrows and ears. She also requested "sparkly bits" (sequins) so one cress head got some extra embellishment.
Now her favourite part - water spraying. She sprayed the cotton wool to make it damp and sprinkled cress seeds on to it.
Then we left them on a sunny windowsill and she sprayed water on them everyday, waiting for 'their hair' to grow.
Poppet was very excited to see the shoots start to appear!
She obviously took the hair thing to heart as we found the cress like this one day ..................
After a week it was time to give them a haircut. By this point the goggly eyes had fallen off and Poppet's excuberant spraying had washed off their pen faces so they were just egg shells with cress growing in them. Next time we will use permanent markers!
Poppet was in charge of the cress cutting, Little was a surprisingly accomplished egg peeler.
Our egg and cress sandwiches went down a treat! Poppet polished off her whole plate, which was amazing considering she just nibbled at the 'control group' cressless sandwiches the week before. It goes to show you that when little ones have helped make something they are far more likely to eat it. Little however was not a fan of the cress.
Poppet: 3 years
Little: 1 year