Phony Poo

How can you tell the difference between a pet dog’s poop and a wild dog’s turd? In a wild dog’s poop, you’ll notice little bones and fur; but because pet food doesn’t include all this rough stuff, your dog’s poo is smoother. How about porcupines? Because porcupines chew on bark, their pellets look like dry clumps of sawdust.

By studying the “calling cards” left behind, you can tell which animals live in an area, changes in their diets, population density, and the location of their homes. Because scat (mammal poo) can carry disease, leave the interactive poo-exploring to the poo experts! That’s right, there are actually poo experts. Or, better yet, make your own “fake” poo…


  • Measuring cup
  • Oatmeal (not instant). (Amazon link: Quaker Oats)
  • Cocoa powder (Amazon link: Cocoa Powder)
  • 2 plates
  • Teaspoon
  • Artificial Sweetener (like NutraSweet or Sweet ‘n Low; regular or powdered sugar will not work). (Amazon link: Sweet N Low)
  • Water
  • Toilet paper (Amazon link: Toilet Paper)


  • Place 1/2 cup oatmeal on plate; grind oatmeal with your fingers to make it less chunky.
  • Add 2 teaspoons cocoa; mix with fingers.
  • Add 2 teaspoons sugar; mix.
  • Add water little by little until oatmeal mixture can be molded.
  • Shape mixture into turd. Set masterpiece aside.
  • On second plate, measure 3 teaspoons cocoa.
  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar; mix.
  • Roll fake turd in cocoa-sugar mixture.
  • Place it on toilet paper and show it to your little brother. BUT! – DON’T FORGET TO LET HIM KNOW THAT IT IS NOT REAL!


Real sugar melts in the water, making the mixture too soft to mold. If you used fake sugar and still had problems, adjust the amount of water: too wet or too dry and it can’t be molded. If it still doesn’t form, be sure you’re not using instant oatmeal.


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