Grow a Slime Mold

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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.

What You Need

  • Jar
  • Damp paper towels
  • Raw oatmeal

What You Do

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Feed the Slime Mold
    Feed the slime mold a few flakes of raw oatmeal every day, and watch what happens!slim mold