It’s time to deal with plants and creating spore printing with mushroom is really fun. Natural science activities for bubbling little kids.
Spore printing can be made with plants and this fungi mushroom is so easy to do. Even your 3-year-old little one will do it in no time.
Follow these simple steps and making spore prints with mushroom is so easy
Use any type of mushrooms like the large one or the tiny button type to do spore printing. There are many colors of mushroom spore-like black, brown, etc. Even the shapes vary from one to the other. So pick from the garden and try exploring with kids.
This time I used the large mushroom available in fields and they are called as an open cap or portobello mushroom. We bought it from the local store.
- White paper
Step #1: Look for a mushroom with protected gills. In case they are exposed, then use the one that is fresh.
Caution: Wild mushrooms are poisonous so be careful and let kids not keep them in their mouth. Make sure to practice washing hands every time after any activity.
Step #2: Remove the lower part and just retain the gills. Let the stem inside the gills be present until it is present inside.
If you know it is safe to eat, then let the kids eat the cut portion of the stem. Tisha loves to eat and play with such food items.
Step #3: Keep the mushroom top side with the gills on the paper with the gills resting on the paper. The umbrella type top will be seen on the other side. Use a thick paper as we did it with a normal A4 sheet and it bloated a bit.
Step #4: Place water droplets on the cap and this will ensure the spore to make an impression on the paper due to the wetness. Close with a box and cover it completely. Do not disturb for 12 hours or one full night. The night is best as kids will go to sleep. Otherwise, my Tisha will keep on checking to open the box out of curiosity.
Step #5: In the morning take the box out and you will be amazed to the spore printed on the paper. It will look so cool with minute prints of the spores.
Though they are tiny they give a gorgeous look and the gills will look perfectly impressed.
Using the hairspray preserve the print for a longer time. But allow it to dry after spraying.
Remove some spores using a needle and see them through the microscope. Put some water on the spore and cover it. This time we missed it and planning to try next time for sure.
Based on the weather at home, humidity, and heat the mushroom will be available to be cooked after leaving the spore impression on the paper. But make sure it is in good condition before you decide to grill or toast it.
We are trying for the 2nd time and feel easy than the first time. I am planning to collect many mushrooms and try different printings. Soon you can expect exclusive page for mushroom spore printing. Stay connected with us.
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