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I am always on the lookout for hands-on learning opportunities for my kids. And I especially love science. So when I recently came across this Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom Kit for growing our own mushrooms. I was intrigued. I’m not a big mushroom fan myself, but I thought it would be a fun experience for the kids to see how mushrooms grow.
Note: For more science resources and activities, please see my science activities for kids page.
After receiving our kit, we followed the directions by cutting a cross in the bag and soaking it in water overnight. The kit says the mushrooms grow in about 10 days. So we waited.
And we waited.
And we waited some more.
Altogether, we waited probably about a month – well beyond the 10 days it said on the box. (See below why this was probably our fault. :-).)
I’d honestly given up hope and the only reason I hadn’t tossed the kit in the trash was due to sheer laziness.
But then one day, I noticed some tiny mushrooms beginning to sprout! The kids were very excited.
And then we got very regular about spraying them with water. In fact, I think this was the part the kids loved most about growing our own mushrooms – the chance to use the spray bottle twice a day to keep them moist! (I also think it was probably our lack of consistent spraying initially that made the mushrooms take so long to grow.)
Eventually, we harvested the mushrooms and cooked them with a little garlic and oil for a delicious mushroom stir fry!
The kit promises at least two crops, so now we are anxiously awaiting the next growth (and we are being much better about spraying the kit :-)).
More botany resources for kids
More botany posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Teaching kids where food comes from
- The basics about plants
- Dyeing flowers
- Dissecting flowers
- Vegetable people craft
- Sprouting seeds
- Do seeds need light to grow?
- How leaves breathe
- How leaves get water
- Why do leaves change colors?
- Gardening do-a-dot printables
- Leaf rubbings book
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