100 Days of Science-- #81 Mushroom Spores

I've been searching high and low for some easy and quick science experiments to try with my boys this summer.  I really want to finish up our 100 Days of Science Challenge with them but I did promise them a summer break this year so I knew I had to find some simple and fun projects they'd be willing to do with me.  Learning about mushroom spores fell so nicely into the easy and quick category!

We bought a Portobello mushroom for this experiment and just removed the stem. We placed the cap of the mushroom and the stem facedown on two separate pieces of white paper and left them there for a few hours.

It didn't make much of an impression or mark like I thought it was supposed to so I trimmed just a tiny bit more off and we put the mushroom face down on another corner of the page and left it overnight.

The next morning we could see lots of mushrooms spores!

Others in this series:
58.  Exploding Snow and Water Baggies 
59.  Exploring Properties of Minerals
60.  Visiting the Hartford Science Museum
61- 63.  3 Difference Bridge Challenges
64.  Making Models of the Earth's Layers 
65.  Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics 
66.  Homemade Lava Lamps
67.  Movies We're Watching for Science
68.  Index Card Tower Challenge 
69.  Learning Botany at the Botanical Gardens
70.  Board Games for Science
71.  Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops
72.  Starburst Rock Cycle 
73.  & 74.  Making Marshmallows Sink and Grow
75. Jumping Conversation Hearts
76-78.  Making Paper Airplanes 3 Different Ways 
79.  Learning About Hummingbirds
80.  Planting an Herb Garden


  1. Replies
    1. I am all about easy; especially in the summer.

  2. This reminds me of a mushroom project my mom embarked on. She visited a mushroom farm and brought home a mushroom growing kit with the intention to grow her own mushrooms. But her experiment turned into a mushroom nightmare! Mushrooms started to sprout on any/every thing that was made of wood - clothes hangers, pegs, chopping board, clogs, chairs, chopsticks etc - anywhere wooden the spores landed on. So be careful when you're handling mushroom spores!

    1. Oh my goodness! I can't even imagine! We threw our paper away after snapping photos and that was a good week ago... wonder if there are mushrooms growing in the dumpster!

  3. Love hands-on learning. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's!

  4. Great project :)

    Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop a few weeks ago.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I know you must be playing catch up after vacation. :)


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