Do you really give much thought to poop?

Since every living thing poops it is no wonder new innovations are being discovered that use this unlimited resource. Have you used a poop related invention?





I don't usually spend a lot of time thinking about poop other than whether a diaper needs changing. But when I worked on the unit study Bubbles in the Bathtub and other Gas Related Inventions I stepped deep into the subject.


I was surprised to learn how long the flush toilet had been around but not used and how much some people would pay for a coffee made from excreted coffee beans.


I'm a huge believer that when kids are interested in the subject they are more likely to learn And after raising two boys I know this topic will inspire some enthusiasm.


One reviewer wrote: It's fabulous! We love how varied it is with O loving the math and the history and learning about various animals. It's the whole package wrapped up in a really fun topic. He has lots to share with his friends now!


Download the unit study from the Quite a Character Classroom.






Talking to kids about our bodies.


Although flatulence and excrement are a result of natural bodily functions it is not always easy or comfortable to discuss them. But, it is important to allow children to understand that these things are natural, to be comfortable to talk about it so that if there is a problem they will be able to speak to you about it and to be able to create boundaries with them so they know the appropriateness of conversations and experiences related to their body. It is important that the information they get is correct, which you can only ensure if you are the one giving the information.





Tracking what poop looks like can help keep track of a healthy (or not healthy) body and system. Unless you are watching every poop your child makes you may not notice any issues that may occur. Teaching kids to understand how poop is part of our digestive system, how what we eat effects our poop and what makes healthy poop is important.


Take a look at this book to help get that conversation started. Mr. Poop Knows Poop is a book to help kid's to understand their amazing body and to help them have a good poop every day. Pooping is healthy and everyone poops. Having a good poop every day is so important. Mr. Poop explains the process of digestion and how food becomes nutrients to help our body and the leftover waste becomes poop. He also shares his tips for helping kid's to understand what constipation is, why it is important to have healthy and nutritious foods and to drink lots of water. It can also be helpful for children who have experienced constipation, as there are many helpful tips from Mr. Poop for reducing hard poop. This is a great book for children who are between the ages of 4-11. It is a fun book for children to read with parents or grandparents or while sitting on the toilet.


The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has some great advice for talking to kids about body parts and functions.


They suggest starting the conversation with children early on because as they grow they will need to know and understand more about their bodies, and boundaries. It will be much easier to communicate the information when you have already established open, honest and safe conversation with them.


When children are younger you can take advantage of teachable moments that occur naturally in the day. When they have questions about body parts you can offer honest and age-appropriate answers. When they are exploring their bodies you can talk about private parts and boundaries.


As they grow their curiosity will prompt more questions. Establish an open and honest dialogue so they understand that the topics are not taboo or shameful. This will allow them to feel safe to come to you with any questions or concerns later.


Although you may feel awkward or uncomfortable with the information always remember that their curiosity is natural, and it is important that they get the right answers from a trusted source (and not a peer that may not have the right information.)


There are lots of books for kids that can help you get the conversation started, it is worth taking a look.



"We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future."

Franklin D. Roosevelt






We can learn so much from animals (and their poop!), check out this blog post that shows how we can learn perspective from skunks!

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