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Cuddly reindeer and snowman

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.

Bagging it

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 delicious.

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!"

Pricing

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 of fun.

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 family!

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 each. 

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 think!

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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