Plaster of Paris
Old Plastic Bowl to mix in/or tin cans
Plaster Spoons or Stir Sticks
Molds with round shapes
Step One- Find some molds to use for the tops of your mushrooms. I used packaging from some toys I bought at our local dollar store. You can use candy molds too, but you can't use them for candy once you used them for plaster.
Step Two- Mix plaster (follow package instructions) and have your twigs cut down to about 2-3 inches for your mushroom stems.
Step 3- Once you pour in plaster remember to poke in twigs before plaster hardens.
When your plaster has cured, (usually a couple of hours, but it's best to cure overnight) you can pop them out of their molds. Sometimes I add a little tacky glue around the stems to keep them in place. Now paint Mod Podge over dry plaster to seal and after that dries you can start painting and decorating and decorating your mushrooms.
Use the ends of your paint brushes for perfect dots.
Special Note: This is a great project for sensory play. You can add your little mushrooms to pots and plants throughout your garden. The textures of plants and dirt together with your little stick mushrooms are great for tactle sensory play. Your little mushroom garden is also a great opportunity to work in some pretend play and speech therapy by adding little fairy or gnome houses.
Put some soil and grass seeds in an old wagon to pull your little garden around with you. (Good for helping with lack of coordination).
Visit your local nursery with your children to update their little wagon gardens.