Have a contest to see who can grow the most mold!
What You Need:
1. a sealable sandwich bag
2. a piece of bread
3. a paper towel
4. a little soil from outdoors or a potted plant
What You Do:
1. Place your bread in the bag. Dampen the paper towel and put it in the bag with the bread and add a pinch of soil. The soil carries a few mold spores.
2. Let some air in the bag and zip it or tie it up so it’s securely sealed. Label the bag with the date and a name for your experiment, say, “Mold Test 1″.
3. Put the bags in a warm, dark place for about three days.
4. Look at the bread with a magnifying glass through the bag. If nothing has happened after three days, wait three more.
5. Soon you’ll have a mold garden.
THROW AWAY BAGS WITHOUT OPENING THEM WHEN FINISHED.
Breathing too much mold can make you sick. In dirt, mold is very spread out.
Mold is not a kind of plant. Mold is not a kind of animal. Mold is a kind of fungus. Fungi (FUNG-gye) thrive by attaching themselves to a source of food. Famous fungi include mushrooms, yeasts, mildews, and “athlete’s foot” fungus.
Mold is made up of millions of spores, or tiny microscopic seeds, all growing together in a colony. Mold comes in a variety of furry, bright-colored blobs-everything from red to bright purple, depending on the type. The fuzzy-looking spores weigh so little, tiny air currents can carry them through the air. When they land someplace where the conditions are just right, they grow into new fungi.