Making Mushroom Prints

Making mushroom prints is a great indoor nature activity. Now I know one of the benefits of doing nature study is being outdoors however, we live in the tropics and in the summer it is just too hot to be outside during the day for too long or too often, so activities like this are good when the weather doesn't play along!

We always use the large mushrooms from the grocery store which work really well, plus they leave a lovely clear print. Mushrooms from the store have the added benefit that you know they are safe to use. On that note, please make sure that the mushrooms you use for this activity are non-poisonous and if you are not sure then rather don't use them!

Cut off the stem of the mushroom so that it is even with the cap and set the cap gills down onto a piece of white paper.

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Cover it with a bowl and leave it overnight.

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After about twenty four hours remove the cover and carefully lift the mushroom. We spray the spores lightly with hairspray which "holds" the print. Let your child examine the print with a magnifying glass and explain that the dust is made up of spores. The first time we did this activity my children were very little and the look on their faces the next morning when we lifted the mushroom up was priceless!

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A good book to go along with this activity is Plants That Never Ever Bloom



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