Mushroom Rain


Hardcover / eBook


*STARRED REVIEW* from SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “Pictures and words fizz with the magic that surrounds the quiet work of mushrooms and should send kids looking to learn more.”

*STARRED REVIEW* from SHELF AWARENESS – “Together Zimmermann and Green prove how fascinating–and beautiful–science and nonfiction can be.”

Teacher’s Guide

Coloring & Activity Pages

Things to Make

Painted Mushrooms

All you need for this project are unfinished wood craft mushrooms, paint or markers, and imagination.

Mushroom Munchers

Download instructions below.

Dried Mushroom Art

Slice and dry mushrooms from a store or market on a rack for 1 to 2 weeks or get some that are already dried. Glue the dried mushroom pieces onto a sheet of cardstock and color to create your masterpiece.

Mushroom Cutout Creations

Cut out different colored shapes from construction paper that can be used to create mushrooms. Use these shapes and markers to create your own cluster or troop of mushrooms. Project and photo courtesy of Michelle Grambos at Fairytales Bookstore in Nashville, TN.

Mushroom Rain Collages

Mushroom-producing fungi that decompose are one of nature’s best recyclers. Slice and dry mushrooms from a store or market on a rack for 1 to 2 weeks or get some that are already dried. Collect leaf litter and such from the ground outside. Use what you have gathered and the dried mushrooms to create a mushroom decomposition collage on the activity sheet below (I recommend you print it on cardstock). Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University.

Mushrooms, Trees, & the Wood Wide Web

The mycelium of some mushroom-producing fungi form relationships with the roots of trees and other plants. They use these connections to trade water and minerals for sugar created through photosynthesis. Trees and other plants also use these connections to communicate with each other since mycelium forms an underground network that connects them. This network is sometimes called the “Wood Wide Web.” Download instructions below.

Mushroom Rain Garlands

Mushroom Rain Salt Dough Garland – Click here for instructions. Project and photo courtesy of The Wondering Mama.

Mini Posters

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Mushroom Munching Snail Sliding Puzzle

Parts of a Mushroom Jigsaw Puzzle

Parts of a Mushroom copyright Jamie Green

Mushroom Rain Crossword Puzzle