It’s that time of year, when the temperature cools down and the rain picks up ~ the perfect time to hunt for mushrooms!
Fungi are so unique and mysterious, they’re one of my favorite things to study alongside with the kids. Here are some of the resources we’ll be using over the next couple of weeks:
Have you ever come across a fly agaric (otherwise known as the classic “fairytale mushroom”)? Or the intricate coral mushroom? Here’s a fun mushroom identification coloring page you can share with your kiddos – download it completely for FREE here.
We will also be using the Fungi unit study included in the Autumn Journal (you can find out more about that here).
I love this fun sensory activity from @raising_acorns_to_oaks ~ all you need is some cardboard, pantry staples and food coloring!
Making Spore Prints
Have you ever made spore prints? It’s a simple, hands-on way to explore the wonderful world of fungi. Just select a few mushrooms from the woods (or the grocery store) and place them face down on a clean sheet of paper. (Feel free to experiment with white and black paper, as some varieties have white spore prints.)
Sprinkle a drop or two of water on top of the mushrooms, then cover with a glass bowl for up to 24 hours. Once the time has passed, carefully lift your mushroom to reveal its unique spore print.
**Make sure you and your littles always wash hands after handling wild mushrooms – for extra precaution, wear gloves.
Here are some videos we’ll be enjoying this week:
Fungi: Why Mushrooms are Awesome
Picture Books about Fungi
Learn more about fantastic fungi in The Autumn Journal, a guided nature journal and nature study curriculum with over 50 pages of illustrated field guides, journaling prompts, activities, coloring pages and more.
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