Today I think we took the last harvest of our oyster mushrooms. Growing mushrooms has been so incredibly fascinating. The kids and I were completely enamoured by the entire process. We watched as furry white lumps turned into tiny mushrooms, then grew and grew. It was incredible.
Each day Jack and Sarah would check and water the mushrooms. “Mama, have you seen the mushrooms today?” Jack would exclaim, “they’re huge!”
We were able to observe the entire life cycle; from the tiny mycelium, then almost overnight, little mushroom pins (primordia) popped up. Watching them grow into fully developed oyster mushrooms was so fun. Every morning we would come into the studio and they would have doubled in size.
Life cycle of a mushroom cards from Montessori Child (custom order)
But the best part of growing mushrooms by far was when we noticed fine white powder all over everything. Our mushrooms had let off a spore cloud!! Pretty incredible, hey?! (You can see the spore dust in the photo up the top as well as the next photo).
For a few days after we’d wipe away the spore dust and then sure enough, there would be more in the morning. Sarah was convinced she would see it ‘erupt’ if she could just watch the mushrooms for long enough.
I just can’t recommend this Oyster Mushroom Kit highly enough. Ours was from Modern Teaching Aids. Watching a plant grow from a seed is wonderous but watching a whole forest of mushrooms grow from seemingly nothing, and then shoot white powder all over everything, well, according to Jack, that was just the coolest thing ever!