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Families & children

UK Fungus Day includes lots of activities designed specifically to teach children about the world of fungi, from going on a fungus walk with an expert to looking down a microscope at fungus spores and fruit bodies. Children can also learn about fungi and food, fungi and disease, fungi and art and fungi in nature, as well as crafting their favourite mushroom, doing quizzes, making a spore print and blowing up mushroom balloons!

Fun & games

  • Gardening and Fungi

    Helpful fungi in the garden?

    We’re all encouraged to garden for wildlife. Usually it’s in relation to wildflowers, birds, invertebrates and mammals. What about fungi though? Can wildlife gardening help provide habitat for them too?

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  • Learn about the fungi with MycoKids!

    Why not start by looking at our mycokids pages where both you and your children can learn more about fungi and what they do for us.

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    Learn about the fungi with MycoKids!
  • UK Fungus Day detectives

    Print out a UK Fungus Day Detectives challenge sheet. How many fungi can you spot in the woods.

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     UK Fungus Day detectives
  • Make bread using the fungus yeast

    Learn how yeast, which is one of the smallest members of the fungal kingdom, helps to put the bubbles in bread to make it rise. Follow the simple instructions to make your own UK Fungus Day bread.

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    Make bread using the fungus yeast
  • Grow your own mushrooms

    This soggy toilet roll is producing a crop of Oyster cap mushrooms that you can eat. Oyster mushrooms are great at recycling, they love breaking down waste. You can grow them on shredded envelopes or card, old books and even spent coffee grounds!

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    Grow your own mushrooms
  • Make a spore print of a mushroom

    Have fun making a spore print of a mushroom.  What colour spores do they have? You can also make funny faces if you like!

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    Make a spore print of a mushroom
  • Make a mushroom mask

    Ask an adult to print this template onto A4 card and cut it out. Using any colour you like, colour it in. Hold the mask in place using a lolly pop stick, fixed to the base with tape, or ask an adult to thread string through the pre shaped holes. Have fun pretending to be mushroom fungi!

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    Make a mushroom mask
  • Make Plant Pot Fungi!

    Use our Mycokids character templates to make fun fungal partners for your pot plants!

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    Make Plant Pot Fungi!

Fungi folklore

What is a mushroom? Why should you never accept a glass of milk from a witch? How can you avoid being abducted by fairies? Storyteller Kat Lyons invites you to join them to find out the answers to all these questions and more in a brief look at some of the weird and wonderful folklore associated with fungi.

Observing, collecting and growing fungi

The British Mycological Society is a scientific society supporting fungal research and conservation, and highlighting the fundamental importance fungi in the world's ecosystems.

Our Code of Conduct for the responsible collection of fungi for research and education, and growing fungi at home, is available on the BMS website.

A walk in the woods with the FUNgi Guy

Take a virtual walk in the woods with Ali McKernan - the FUNgi Guy - to see just how many different fungi can be found all around you.  

Local events

Find out more about fungus groups, events and activities near you.

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