Thursday, June 16, 2011
Mushroom Spore Prints
What the heck is a mushroom spore print?
A mushroom spore print is the imprint of the spores from the underside of a mushroom cap on a piece of paper. Different mushrooms leave different spore prints so, if you are into identifying mushrooms (confession: me, me!), a mushroom spore print will aid in proper identification.
For this project, all you need are some newly grown mushrooms - if they are too old, they will have already dropped their spores outside - and some colored construction paper.
Different mushrooms have different colored spores. Some spores are white or gray, others could be black or red. Let the kids choose different colors of paper to make this even more experimental.
For more information about mushrooms:
The American Mushroom Institute put out a mushroom workbook for kids
The Cap Crew - a website about mushrooms from Canada
Information about identifying different types of mushrooms