Growing Mushrooms is Seriously Awesome: Harvesting Mushrooms

Growing Mushrooms with Kids - Mushroom Inquiry - An Everyday Story

Growing Mushrooms with Kids - Mushroom Inquiry - An Everyday Story Growing Mushrooms with Kids - Mushroom Inquiry - An Everyday Story

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 pinsย (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.ย Mushroom Growing Kits for Kids - Mushroom Inquiry - How Do Mushrooms Grow - An Everyday Story

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.

Growing Mushrooms with Kids - Mushroom Inquiry - An Everyday StoryI 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 thenย shoot white powder all over everything,ย well, according to Jack, that was just the coolest thing ever!

3 Comment

  1. Wow! I didn’t know that mushrooms grow this fast and have their own unique life cycle stages. This is cool! Thanks for sharing so we can all learn about mushrooms ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just had an idea ๐Ÿ˜€ Since mushrooms grow so fast, do you guys own a video camera or webcam? If you do, maybe you could set it up overnight and then speed up all the mushroom footage.

    Then you all might really get to see the spores erupt as well as see the mushrooms grow! How cool would that be.

  2. That is so awesome! Imagine if you did get to see a spore cloud!! How wonderful. I never even thought about growing mushrooms, but they look incredible.

  3. This looks brilliant – thanks for the recommendation of the mushroom pack. We’ve bought a mushroom log on two occasions from the mushroom man at the farmers market with no success… I think we may try this one ๐Ÿ˜Š

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