I thought of this when I saw something about a mushroom matching game in a magazine, although I've now forgotten which magazine it was. I'm thinking maybe it was Magic Cabin. I have been painting little wooden figures with mushroom hats recently, and so I thought making plain mushrooms would be really easy. Little painted mushrooms also fit right in with my recent Waldorf-inspired activities. Making them counting and matching numbers mushrooms also made them fit right with my Montessori-inspired activities! Excellent!
The children seem to really gravitate toward this. I think it is because it is bright and cheerful, has small pieces just the right size for little fingers, and also of course, because it is new. Every child who has worked on this has had a pretty easy time until he or she gets to about 5 dots. It does get a bit tricky to count the dots after that. In fact, one of my older 4 year olds counted the dots on one mushroom in front of me saying, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. There are 11!" (Remember the numbers only go from 1 - 9.) So, it is tricky not count dots twice.
To make a little mushroom matching activity of your own you will need:
- 18 - 20 small unpainted wooden drawer pulls
- small paint brushes
- white and red paint (I use acrylic paints)
1. Paint the bottom of the drawer pulls white, and the tops red.
2. Add dots to each mushroom top (2 mushrooms with 1 dot, 2 with 2 dots, 2 with 3 dots . . . )
3. Allow the paint to dry completely
4. If desired, coat the mushrooms with Mod Podge or some other type of protective coating
Oh, and have fun! : )