From Xplor for Kids
August 2011 Issue

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Slime mold grows on log
USDA Forest Service - North Central Research Station Archive, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Grow Some Slime

Publish Date

Jul 25, 2011

Have you ever found yellow slime on a dead log or in the mulch around your house? It may look like dog vomit, but it’s likely a strange, harmless creature called a slime mold. Want to grow some at home? Here's how.

  1. Cut off a chunk of the slime mold. Don't worry, this won't hurt the slime mold, and the slime mold won't hurt you—it's completely harmless.
  2. Put the chunk of slime in a container lined with a moist paper towel.
  3. Drop in a few flakes of old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant) and snap a lid on the container.
  4. Put the container in a dark, cool place. (Your sister's closet is perfect.)
  5. Feed the slime mold oat flakes every few days, and it will soon grow to blob-like size.

Also in this issue

Kids build a fort using large sticks in the woods.

Build a Fort

Have you always dreamed of having a secret hideout? Then head out to the woods (or your backyard) and build one.

Photo of a blue winged teal

Go Teal Hunting

If icy weather has turned you off to winter duck hunting, give September's teal season a try.

Having a Blast

For end-of-summer fun, nothing beats a dove hunt.

Jacob Moore Portrait

Jacob's Outdoor Adventure

Jacob Moore is fascinated by Missouri's reptiles and amphibians.

photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head

Make Sumac Juice

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you’re lemonless, find some smooth sumac.

Image of a longnose gar

Rope a Dinosaur

You can catch gar—hard-fighting, prehistoric fish—without using a hook. All you need is a frayed rope.

kids and creeks

Seek a Creek

If summer's heat has you beat, don't freak. Seek a creek.

Stars streak with rotation of the earth in scenic from atop Stegall Mountain

Starry Night

Dave Stonner had to stay up late to capture the star trails above Stegall Mountain.

Eastern Mole

The Underworld

There's a lot going on in nature's basement. Come along for a look at some fascinating animals of the underworld.

Photo of a ruby throated hummingbird

Train a Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are so fearless, you can train them to perch on your finger.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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