growing cress

This practical life lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children to demonstrate the practical life activity of sowing cress. The activity enables them to carry out the daily household chores.

What is Cress?

Cress is also known as peppergrass. This microgreen is famous for its easy growth, nutrient density, and great taste.

What are Microgreens?

A microgreen is a seed that bursts open with the first root and shoot(s).

Materials Required to Sow Cress Seeds:

  • Soil
  • Cress seeds
  • dropper
  • container to grow cress, microgreens
  • water
  • sponge to wipe excess water

A Step-by-step Guide to Growing Cress at Home

  1. Add soil in the container, as shown in the video
  2. Take seeds with a pincer grip and sow them evenly in the soil container
  3. Cover the seeds with another thin layer of soil
  4. Add water with the help of a dropper.

Note: Cress seeds absorb water and form a mucus membrane around their hulls, so they don’t need much water to germinate. However, make sure your soil mixture isn’t too moist; otherwise, the seeds will not germinate properly.

After 3-4 days, your cress seeds will be sprouted and will be ready for some light.

Repeat this activity by inviting the child to sow the cress seeds, as shown in the video. Such activities instill a sense of independence and help in boosting their confidence. It also helps the child to take good care of the environment.

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Video Created by: Kata Lovassy

Primary | Science | Botany | Sowing Cress (English)
This video has been added and used with the author’s permission. It is also available on the author’s YouTube, here.


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