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Mushroom Prints | Preschool Crafts for Kids

Mushroom Prints

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Mushrooms may be great on pizza and burgers, but place a few on a piece of paper, and they're in-spore-ational!


  • Fresh, whole white or portobello mushrooms
  • White paper
  • Drinking glass
  • Non-aerosol hair spray


  1. To make spore prints, carefully remove the stems from the mushrooms. Expose the gills by using a knife (a parent's job) to trim back the lower edges of the caps.
  2. Place the mushrooms on a sheet of paper and cover each one with an inverted glass. Let stand overnight. The mushrooms will release spores from their caps to create distinctive patterns.
  3. Carefully lift first the glasses, then the mushrooms, to reveal the spore prints. To preserve the designs, coat with non-aerosol hair spray.