Waste of a good joke

Written by: MA Education
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Poo is often a taboo subject but it is one that fascinates children. We look at why this natural bodily function holds such intrigue, how to keep on top of the ‘potty’ humour and tips for further learning.

Waste of a good joke
Waste of a good joke

Some of my children's favourite jokes, books and conversations have pertained to the unmentionable and I began to wonder what fascinates children about poo, and other such things.

Here, in Bristol, we have Britain's first ‘poo bus’, running between Bath and Bristol airport, run on biomethane gas generated by renewable and sustainable human and food waste. Also from Bristol comes the ‘Bristol Stool Chart’, a medical aid to help classify human faeces into categories to help evaluate treatments for bowel disorders using colourful descriptors, such as ‘sausage-shaped’, ‘soft blob’, like ‘nuts’ or ‘a snake’, ‘fluffy’, ‘ragged’, ‘watery’ or ‘mushy’!

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