Reindeer and snowman poop
You might have heard of reindeer poop, or even snowman
poop: small bags full of edible 'poop', a printable tag, and an
endearing poem about the slightly disturbing contents. Like
puppies, this fundraiser isn't just for Christmas. After all, bunny
poop at Easter, and ghost poop at Halloween work?
Poop in a bag might not be the most obvious gift choice at
seasonal events, but it's guaranteed to get children giggling and
is pretty easy to make. It's a quick fundraiser and an easy way to
show pupils that even PTA parents have a sense of humour - as if
that was in any doubt!
If you're looking to create bags of poop for Christmas, Easter
or Halloween, follow our guide to work out what you need, how much
it will cost and the potential profits.
What are you going to use to hold your poop? A clear plastic bag
makes the contents visible but you may prefer to avoid single-use
plastics and opt for a recyclable paper envelope or bag instead.
Aim to keep costs as low as possible.
What to use for the poop
In the absence of actual reindeer poop, there are many edible
options you could try:
Reindeer poop: A popular reindeer poop treat is
milk chocolate raisins. Other ingredients such as Coco Pops cereal
and Nesquik chocolate cereal balls may be cheaper and are equally
Snowman/ghost poop: Mini marshmallows,
white chocolate buttons or sweets, yoghurt-covered raisins... the
list goes on!
Easter bunny poop: Get creative! What
colour poop might Easter bunnies have? Is it brown (milk
chocolate), white (marshmallows) or multi-coloured (mini eggs,
skittles or jelly beans)? Get ideas from Pinterest and buy wholesale for great
discounts at Booker.
Printable tags and poems
Use cardboard, printable tags as a template: fold them in half
over the top of the clear bag and staple. We like the ready-made
tags at christmas.organizedhome.com and squidoo.com:
Use our favourite poems or write your own:
"Heard you've been naughty, so here's the scoop, all you're
getting is _____ poop!"
"Santa checked his list not once, but twice, he found you've
been naughty not nice, since coal is expensive, here's the scoop...
he's filled your stocking with snowman poop!"
"The Easter Bunny came last night, so listen, here's the scoop,
he left a special treat for you, a bit of bunny poop!"
Not sure how much to charge? Try adding up the cost of the bag
and contents then double it. Most PTAs we spoke to charged between
50p and £1 a bag.
Tips from other PTAs
Karen Bointon: A kind parent donated the
chocolate raisins and we sold them for 50p a bag. We sold them at a
bunny racing night as bunny poo. No one was offended - it was a bit
Claire Treanor-Smith: Offer snowman poop and
reindeer poop - I would make 100 of each. Price up the cost of all
the products. You will probably end up charging 75p-£1 a bag. We
also sell Bah Humbugs - humbugs in a bag for the scrooges in the
Carol Hughes: We've sold reindeer poo charged
at 50p a bag, but we used chocolate cereal to save money. We only
used a couple of boxes of cereal as we thought it was better to
sell out than be left with loads.
Vicki Holton: We also sold elf poo (rainbow
drops) and elf donuts (small box of Cheerios dipped in icing and
topped with hundreds and thousands), charged about £1
Tanya South-Fitzhugh: We sold ghost poop at our
Halloween party. We sold it in units of approx 30-40g which gave
each child quite a lot for 50p. We bought 1kg bags of Chamallows,
through a sweet shop-owning parent, direct from the wholesaler and
paid just under £4 per kg. This made them affordable and still
delivered a fantastic profit. My advice is to allow yourself a
plenty of time to bag it all up - it takes longer than you
Thinking of selling reindeer poop? Or any other kind of poop?
We'd love to see your ideas. Send us an email.
The RSPCA warns against selling 'reindeer food'
Planning to sell bags of 'reindeer food' at your fair? Think
again! With wildlife falling foul of this festive fundraiser after
eating glitter sprinkled outside for Rudolph, the RSPCA suggests
that even using 'edible' glitter in your oaty mix is a no-no:
'Certain foods that are harmless to humans may cause serious
digestive problems if accidentally eaten by animals or could even
be fatal if toxic to that species. Glitter is not intended for
consumption and even if a product is certified by the FSA as being
safe for humans to eat. We would advise against this activity to
prevent accidental ingestion by animals.'
For a wildlife-friendly alternative that children will love to
help make, see the RSPCA website.
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