We are up to the letter “M” on the A-Z healthy eating series! I hope you’re enjoying following along with the series, crafting and trying out some different health fruits and vegetables with your little ones.
We chose mushrooms to craft with this week. Mushrooms are unlike any other vegetable given that it is a type of fungus. Mushrooms have a head like an umbrella that is white on top and pinky brown underneath. The underside of a mushroom is made of soft gills that are like bicycle wheel spokes, radiating from the centre. As mushrooms age, their heads open and become flatter and the gills darken. This is a great opportunity for children to touch and play – enjoying a sensory experience. The mushroom head and stalk is smooth with an unusual spongy texture whilst the gills are delicate and feathery. There is opportunity here to reinforce shapes and colours with children too.
Children will enjoy exploring the different varieties of mushrooms available at your local supermarket when choosing the mushroom for this craft. The most common varieties available in Australia are button mushrooms, flats, oyster and shitake. This is a great opportunity for little ones to expand their descriptive vocabulary, whilst describing the different types of mushrooms.
Making a lion face with a mushroom is really easy and children can attempt this craft completely on their own as it involves simply cutting the mushroom stem and drawing the lion face. Remember to choose a child friendly knife and reinforce safe knife skills.
Don’t forget to encourage children to taste the mushroom as you craft but please attempt this only with shop bought mushrooms as some wild mushrooms are poisonous for human consumption. Raw mushrooms can be used in salads, with delicious dips like hummus and tzatziki and pizzas, otherwise they taste great in a stir fry, casserole or pretty much any cooked meat dish, too!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE MUSHROOM LIONS:
- Large flat mushrooms
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MUSHROOM LIONS:
- Cut the stem off the mushroom as close to the gills as possible.
- Use black marker to draw a lion face onto remaining mushroom stem.
- Cut ear shapes from the stem offcut and place onto lion’s face.
- Paint to decorate the lion
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.