Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All Things Shroomy

"They hardly felt the Autumn gales, and if it rained, the children crept underneath a giant toadstool to keep dry." - Elsa Beskow (Children of the Forest)

Satch fancies mushrooms!
He loves hunting for them to make spore prints. I forgot all about spore prints until I saw them resurface on Crafty Crow. I used to make them on the sidewalk when I was a child...it was like kiddie graffiti. So, Satch and I went mushroom hunting and made a couple of prints. I like the prints so much that I'm going to frame them and perhaps make some note cards too.

*Spore prints should be a supervised project for young children who might put them in their mouth. Some information on poisonous mushrooms can be found here.

Since Satch is wild for shrooms, I purchased some unfinished wooden mushrooms from Sherry, a wood craft supplier on ebay. I tucked them away to paint together as a rainy day project. We'll use some of my photos for color ideas. There are also some wonderful photos here.

There is a lovely toy store called, A Toy Garden, owned and operated by mama, Sonya Bingaman. Her store sells a wide variety of beautiful and imaginative gifts for children. Satch is smitten with the wooden mushroom set carved from organic orchard wood. I hide them around the house and he hunts for them. They are so adorable you might want a set of your own to place on a shelf. Sonya wraps all the little goodies in brightly colored tissue paper (easy for wee hands to tear open) and ties them with beautiful, silky rainbow ribbon.

Another shroomy love is this mini book, "Children of the Forest" by Elsa Beskow. It's delightful story with classic elements of light and dark found in most fables and the illustrations are breathtaking. We love the spotted mushroom cap hats on the wee-folk!

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posted by Wendy at 5:41 AM


Blogger E and T said...

Hi Wendy

Spore prints sure do make beautiful pieces of art work, the patterns are fascinating.

I have had a lovely browse in the Toy Garden shop and found some toys which would make perfect pressies for Christmas. I love the way in which they suggest a book to go with their products.

What a sheer delight it was to read your reviews for your autumn selection of books. I can't get enough of recommeded books for young ones! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous finds.

Your most alive moment with Satch melted my heart - truly "beauty full". There is no better feeling than having one of those precious conversations with your child.


6:36 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Ooh, I can't wait to try this one! At the same point, I may have to closely supervise this project since Annabelle loves to put everything into her mouth. Maybe we'll look into acquiring a wooden mushroom set like the one you found at A Toy Garden.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

oh yes, supervision is essential since there are some poisonous shrooms to watch out for.

i found some great info here:


and i often use this page to identify them:

we had a big talk about not eating wild mushrooms and thankfully he only seems to be interested in mushrooms that have been cooked.
thanks for bringing this up so that i could include some info about it.

8:07 AM  
Blogger denise said...

Oh, many of our favorite things!

The mushroom prints turned out great - love the colors. My boys do tend to exert a bit of force and so do not turn out as delicate. Love that!

10:08 AM  

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