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*JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION*
*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.”
Coloring & Activity Pages
Coloring page courtesy of Sleeping Bear Press (click on image for a full size version).
Other activity pages by Jamie can be found on the Sleeping Bear Press website.
Mushroom Treasure Hunt
Go on a treasure hunt for mushroom coolness. I keep my eyes open whenever I am out walking. I don’t always find treasure, but I take a picture when I do. Mushrooms are fun to draw and write about too. You could even make a Mushroom Nature Journal for the notes and pictures you make of your discoveries.
**NEVER touch, taste, or smell wild mushrooms unless an expert trained to identify them tells you it is safe to do so. Some mushrooms are safe, but others can make you really sick. And toxic mushrooms and safe ones can look a lot alike.**
Things to Make
All you need for this project are unfinished wood craft mushrooms, paint or markers, and imagination.
Option 1: Download instructions below.
Option 2: Mushroom Munchers STEAM Challenge
Provide different materials like clothes pins, pipe cleaners, construction paper, craft sticks (connected with rubber bands wrapped in an “x” shape in the center works well), glue, etc. and have them create a muncher on their own or in small groups.
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
Option 1: Cut out different colored shapes from construction paper. Use these shapes and markers to create a cluster or troop of mushrooms. Project and photo courtesy of Michelle Grambos at Fairytales Bookstore in Nashville, TN.
Option 2: Have children research mushroom shapes before beginning the project. There are more options than just a traditional stalk and umbrella-shaped cap and many shapes that can be made (or they can make) to work with.
Mushroom Rain Collage
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. Then collect leaf litter and such from the ground outside (make sure children only collect things that are safe to touch and work with). 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). Crafters can collect items for the mycelium as well, use string, or color it. Cotton twine can also be used–unravel it partially to create branched hyphae. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University.
Mushroom Rain Garlands
Mushroom Rain Salt Dough Garland – Click here for instructions. Project and photo courtesy of The Wondering Mama.
Mushroom Munching Snail Sliding Puzzle
Parts of a Mushroom Jigsaw Puzzle
Mushroom Rain Crossword Puzzle