Do you remember when we first tried making a mushroom spore print, using a large field mushroom? I thought we could try this again, using little button mushrooms this time, and use the spore prints to make a cute monkey science craft!
How to make Mushroom Monkeys(We used items from our craft stash, however I’ve included affiliate links* to similar items below. Thanks for your support!)
- button mushrooms, chopping board, knife
- white construction paper (or other thicker/sturdier paper)
- pipettes (optional, but my kids think using pipettes is fun!)
- a box to cover the mushroom caps overnight
- craft sticks
- clear-drying glue
- scissors, markers, googly eyes (optional), white dot stickers (optional)
What to do
- Slice the lower portion from the button mushrooms, to expose the gills.
- Put the mushroom caps onto a piece of white construction paper, gill-side down.
- Add a drop of water to each mushroom cap.
- Cover and leave undisturbed overnight.
- Remove the mushroom caps to reveal your spore prints!
- Spray with hairspray to set the prints (otherwise they can smudge)
- Cut out each print. Draw on a cute monkey face (or use googly eyes / white dot stickers if you like).
- Glue your monkey face onto a craft stick.
- Play with your new monkey puppets!
I’ve made a quick video showing how we made our mushroom monkeys. I hope you like it!
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