Saturday, November 14, 2020

How to make animal 'poo'

The investigations into finding out if our visitor was a monkey or ape lead to different animal types and carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. My amazing teaching partner thought of a fun activity where the children would have to investigate different animals 'poos' to determine which type of animal they were. They then had to record what they found and why they predicted that animal may have been a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. It was one of the best activities we did the entire year and the children had a blast.

It was super easy to put together. All you need is:
cocoa powder
cream of tartar
hot water
small plastic bugs/insects

You simply combine all the ingredients like you would for playdough and then roll pieces in to 'poos'. After, add the different items that hint the animal may have been a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Of course, this isn't actually what their poos would look like but it served the purpose of teaching the children about the different animal types and was a great discussion starter.

Let me know if you try this investigation in your classroom.

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