Order Ranger Rick today and save!

Grow a Slime Mold

Slime molds are a strange fungus-like life form. Neither plant nor animal, slime molds often form a colorful, gooey blob on old logs, lawns, or on mulch or decaying leaves. Here's how to make your own slime mold.

Ranger Rick
Powered by:
Average Rating:
Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: $0
Duration:
Difficulty:
Physical Challenge:
  • Jar
  • Damp paper towels
  • Raw oatmeal
Find Slime Mold
  • Head outside and find some slime mold. Late spring, summer, or early fall-- after a few days of steady rain--are perfect times to find slime mold.
  • Where is the best place to find slime mold? Look under rotting wood or in old, decaying logs.
Put Slime Mold In a Jar

Once you find some, cut off a few small pieces of the slime mold. (This won’t hurt it.) Put the pieces in a jar lined with a damp paper towel.

Feed the Slime Mold

Feed the slime mold a few flakes of raw oatmeal every day, and watch what happens!


From: Ranger Rick, rick@nwf.org
Subject: { Your name goes here } sent you a laugh from Ranger Rick
Message: The following message was sent to you by { Name } from Ranger Rick's Laugh Finder website:

{ Your note }



Click here to find the answer on Ranger Rick's Laugh Finder >>
From: Ranger Rick, rick@nwf.org
Subject: { Your name goes here } sent you a question from Ranger Rick
Message: The following message was sent to you by { Name } from Ranger Rick's website:

{ Your note }



Click here to find the answer on Ranger Rick's website >>