April 29, 2010
There's a colorful crop of mushrooms in our yard! I recently found out about the SPORE project and thought it was too fun not to participate. Artist Doug Rhodehamel has posted instructions on how to make these easy paper bag mushrooms. He's asking people around the world to plant the mushrooms and then email him the picture. Starting May 1st, he'll map the 'shrooms around the world and feature the pictures he receives.
He's posted very detailed instructions on how to make the mushrooms, so I won't duplicate them here. The craft is simple and you probably already have the materials necessary: lunch bags, rubber bands, hot glue, and wooden bamboo skewers. All you need to do is shape the bag into a mushroom, glue in a bamboo skewer, secure with rubber bands, and decorate!
I love the flexibility of this craft. E decided to glue puffs to the top of hers, and even A could get in on the action with some markers.
We set the ones we painted in cups to dry. I waited to add the bamboo skewers until after we had decorated the tops, for obvious safety reasons.
Now the neighbors have yet another reason to think we're a little odd!
To go along with the craft, I picked up a book about fungi from the library. (Speaking of libraries, don't forget to mark your calendars for the Love My Library link-up on May 12! Grab a button to the right -> )
A Kid's Guide to the Classification of Living Things: Fungi
by Elaine Pascoe
This was my first introduction to this series, but so far I'm pleased. It's too bad I couldn't find it on Amazon.
Do you have any good suggestions for other kids' non-fiction series on nature?
I'm linking up with:
- stART @ A Mommy's Adventures
- SOYS @ Fireflies & Jellybeans