Tuesday, August 7, 2012

make a mushroom spore print



With all the the rain we have had recently in Florida, I knew we would be able to find a lot of mushrooms. Our yard can be filled with them within just a few days. I had been intrigued with spore prints for a long time, and after seeing how very simple this was - I think it will be something we do over and over.


What you need:


mushrooms from your yard
paper
bowl


simply cut the stem down so you can set the mushroom gill side down, cover with a big glass bowl, and wait. Ours dropped their spore by the next morning (under 24 hours).


Then - apply open ended learning to it.


The design is beautiful. 


Draw it. 
Paint it. 
Photograph it.


Look at the spores underneath the microscope.


Look up what else has spores.

2 comments:

  1. Love your simple exploration ideas with the mushrooms you found! I just pinned to share! ~heather

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  2. We did this last year as part of our botany block. Such a great way to connect art and science. Thanks for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday.

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