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Nerdy Book Award 2022: Nonfiction Picture Books
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Mushroom Rain Teacher’s Guide
Coloring & Activity Pages
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 pictures and notes about your discoveries. Photo courtesy of Y. R. Holm
**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 mushrooms, decorative supplies, and imagination.
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. For more advanced students, drawing/crafting and labeling other parts of a mushroom could be done as well (e.g., gills, pores, or teeth, ring/skirt, volva). Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University.
Mushroom & Munchers Craft Stick Puppets
Use craft sticks, paper, glue, and markers/crayons/etc. to create mushrooms and munchers to eat them.
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.
Mushroom Cutout Creations
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.
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.
Parts of a Mushroom Jigsaw Puzzle
Mushroom Munching Snail Sliding Puzzle
Note: this puzzle can be slow to load.
Mushroom Rain Crossword Puzzle