Finding Fungi


Things you'll need for this activity

  • Your eyes
  • Yourselves - walking
  • Magnifying glass or a camera

What you'll learn in this activity 

Ages Appropriate for ages 4+

Purpose Encouraging curiosity, exploring our environment observing the wonders of our natural environment,  getting active and learning about something new.

Let's play!

Go out searching for Fungi! Now is a good time to find different types of fungi as they love to grow in the damp but when the soil is still warm.

But remember - look but don’t touch! Some types of fungi can be poisonous.

You could also look for lichen and moss growing on trees, wood or parts of the ground.

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Talking together


What did you notice about where you found the fungi ?  What colours, shapes and textures can you see?


  • What side of the tree does the moss or lichen grow on ?
  • I wonder why there might be more on one side than the other?
  • For older children you might ask them to think about whether fungi are plants or animals. (Hint - they’re neither!) Encourage your child to research the answer!

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