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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, right?

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. eBay traders have some great deals - we found 100 paper bags for £1.99 - just 2p per bag. 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. For example, if you buy a 2.75kg bag of raisins for £11.98 and put 30g of chocolate raisins in each bag, you would fill 92 bags - at a cost of only 13p per bag. Other ingredients that may be slightly cheaper could be Coco Pops cereal, or Nesquik chocolate cereal balls!

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 in half over the top of the clear bag, then staple. Luckily, there are many websites that do the hard work for you, and have printage tags, ready made, for you to print:

http://christmas.organizedhome.com/crafts/christmas/reindeer-poop

http://www.squidoo.com/easter-bunny-poop

Some general poems you can use on your labels:

"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 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: You need to price up the cost of all the products. I would make 100 of each if I were you. Do the snowman poop and reindeer poop and charge 75p-£1 a bag. Everybody is always looking for unusual stocking fillers. If you go to the website Organised Christmas you will find free toppers that you can download. Other popular ones are Bah Humbugs - humbugs in a bag for the scrooges in the family!

Carol Hughes: We've done reindeer poo, charged 50p a bag, but we used chocolate cereal (it was cheaper), can't remember what it was called but it's the little round balls - might have been Nesquik. Not sure how much we made but maybe a couple of boxes worth. Thought it was best to sell out than be left with loads.

Vicki Holton: We also did elf poo (rainbow drops) and elf donuts (small box of Cheerios dipped in icing and topped with hundreds and thousands), charged about £1 each I think. 

Tanya South-Fitzhugh: We sold ghost poop at our Halloween party, same thing as your snowman poo. We sold them in units of approx 30-40g which gave each child a lot. Sold them for 50p. We got the 1kg bags of Chamallows through a sweet shop-owning parent, direct from the wholesaler so paid just under £4 per kg. This made them affordable but still delivered a fantastic profit. Good luck with it all and allow yourself a good chunk of time to bag them 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 birds and other wildlife falling foul of this festive fundraiser after eating oats and 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, e.g. edible glitter, this does not mean it is safe for animals to eat. We would advise against this activity to prevent accidental ingestion by animals.' 

 

 


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