Wonderful world of cress

Includes: Indoors, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
30 mins


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Grow cress and mustard seeds.

Girls will love watching their seeds sprout.


  1. Take a clean plastic lid and fill it with damp cotton wool.
  2. Sprinkle the seeds over the surface.
  3. Cover the lid with a piece of card and keep the cotton wool moist.
  4. When the seeds have started to sprout, keep them somewhere light and water regularly.
  5. Invite girls to decorate their lid with small stones, pebbles, tiny toys and other items to make it into a miniature garden.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

If an activity involves touching animals, soil or plants, make sure girls wash their hands immediately.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed