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You are invited to download the mushroom pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images to create hands-on science activities for your students. Children will learn the unique stages of the mushroom life cycle, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will be useful when exploring the forest unit, setting up autumn learning activities, and introducing the students to living things in the natural world.
Did you know that there are over 10,000 known species of mushrooms? While some are edible and delicious, others can be highly toxic and even deadly. Mushrooms are also a great source of vitamin D and contain antioxidants that can help boost your immune system. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, from the classic white button mushroom to the vibrant and exotic shiitake mushroom. Mushroom cultivation has been around for thousands of years, with evidence of its use dating back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations.
Mushrooms have a fascinating life cycle that starts with a tiny spore. These spores are dispersed by the wind and can land on soil, wood, or other organic matter. If conditions are favorable, the spore will germinate and grow into a thread-like structure called mycelium.
The mycelium can grow for years, spreading through the soil or wood, breaking down organic matter, and absorbing nutrients. When conditions are right, the mycelium will form a fruiting body, which is what we commonly refer to as a mushroom.
The fruiting body contains spores, which are released into the environment to start the cycle anew. Some mushrooms only produce one fruiting body, while others can produce many over the course of their lifetime.
It’s important to note that not all mushrooms are safe to eat, and some can be poisonous. It’s always best to consult an expert or guidebook before consuming any wild mushrooms. With proper precautions, however, mushroom hunting can be a fun and rewarding activity, and a great way to appreciate the fascinating life cycle of these unique organisms.
This Mushroom printable features six stages of the life cycle. What a fun learning opportunity for preschool and kindergarten students as they can work on sequencing skills, learn about the processes that take place in nature, and develop deeper concentration. It’s a great resource to add to your Fall and Forest Units.
It contains 3 part cards, a blackline printout for cutting/pasting and coloring, along with a colorful poster.
Here is what’s included:
- Mushroom life cycle poster
- Mushroom life cycle 3 part cards
- Mushroom life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
- Mushroom life cycle tracing strips
- Parts of a mushroom poster
- Parts of a mushroom poster minus labels
- Parts of a mushroom labels
- Parts of a mushroom tracing & independent writing
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
Subjects and uses in the classroom: Woodland, Forest, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting
This printable features true-to-life images of each stage of the mushroom life cycle. It is quite fascinating really.
In addition to using the set of 3-part cards for teaching vocabulary, you may decide to secure control cards (labeled pictures) with pegs and hang them to display. Alternatively, place them on your nature table for children to explore, build the life cycle sequence and retell the stages using new vocabulary.
Invite your students to make their My Book of Mushroom Life Cycle booklet or work with the blackline worksheet included in the printable.
You may like to bring a couple of mushrooms from a store for children to
- examine with a magnifying glass,
- pull them apart to learn parts of a mushroom,
- draw them or
- make a salad.
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