Warning! You obviously want to watch your little ones around mushrooms! Many different kinds of mushrooms are poisonous and can make you very sick. When handling mushrooms please be sure to wash your hands when you are through.
Pick your mushroom and remove the stem so your cap will lay flat. Place the cap on your paper of choice. The mushrooms we found leave dark brown spores so we used a creamy colored paper. Some mushrooms leave white spores, so the color of paper you use is important.
Place a glass cup or bowl over the caps.
Let the caps sit under the glass for about an hour. Tick Tock, Tick Tock.......this part is very hard for Araina!
After an hour, lift the glass and the cap, you should have a spore print. You can make more with the same cap while it is still fresh.
Be careful, the spores will smear! We learned this the hard way. A touch of hairspray or spray adhesive should preserve the prints.
Finding where the spores are located on the mushrooms is half the fun. Morels, for example carry their spores on the outside; slice in half and place the cap on its side to make a print.
Don't bother using those cute button mushrooms from the market; they just are not fresh enough to leave the spore prints.
We felt these beauties were frameable!