You know how it goes; Each week your child’s Show and Tell day rolls around, and nothing remotely exciting has happened, so you ship them off to school with a photo of that one time you all went to Bali and saw monkeys and hope for the best. All around the world kids are doing a way worse job than your kid, and it’s wonderfully hilarious.

Teachers are joining over on reddit and sharing the worse Show and Tell items that have turned up in their classrooms.

“The teacher across the hall from me had a student who brought what he thought was a lucky rabbit foot to show to the class and excitedly announced he had enough for everyone in the class. The rabbit foot was a tampon.”

Do you ever worry that you kid might reveal something you’d rather didn’t? Like this…

“When I was in 6th grade I took a belly dancing bralette thing in that my brother sent me from his deployment. We were studying the Middle East and I had something from there, I thought it was cool! I remember my teacher gulping, eyes bulging, asking, “just…. That? That’s all they wear?” And me saying, “yeah, I guess so”.

Anyways it turns out he sent me his girlfriend’s present and his girlfriend got my camel book. But I was very, very popular with the sixth grade boys for a little while.”

I can just imagine the girlfriend receiving that camel book, acting thrilled, of course.

One teacher shared her solid gold story that could be any of our kids, really, “Only been teaching one year but so far, mum’s only set of car keys.” We guess she’s not going anywhere fast.

The award (spoiler: there is no award) for the most popular Show and Tell item is insects and animals, “I brought a dead bat in a ziplock that I found in my yard once. No clue why.”

Because sometimes you need something for News Day, and a dead bat seems like a good idea, right? If not a bat, then a pet is just as good.

“Someone brought their pet bird-dead, in a box, that was going to be buried when they got home later that day.”

Let’s hope it wasn’t summer. Ewww. We also hope that our kids don’t stand up and share any of our deepest, darkest family secrets, but sometimes that does happen.

Not all kids are dark and twisted though, some are just darn adorable, “Asked my students to bring an object they loved, one kid brought his grandmother.”

What’s the weirdest thing your kids have shared for Show and Tell?

  • I’m a teacher and we have had all sorts over the 20 years! Some of my favourites are a pair of Mums underwear and an old tissue with green boogers in it.


  • No surprises that insects and animals tops the list. When we had the property, our kids used to take in all sorts of nests, eggs, bones, feathers and snake skins. Often they were left at school for their science tables or library displays, as we had plenty more to find around the farm. Nothing new for country kids but boy did it make some of the town kids squirm.


  • I remember always trying to have something cool for show and tell alot of the kids I went to school with went on holidays and had souvenirs from the holidays to show I rarely went places I remember lying a few times and taking things that weren’t from where I said and making up a big story one time I put shampoo in a zip lock bag and told everyone it was this cool new slime I got while on holidays it smelt like apples everyone loved it this was before slime was really a thing haha


  • I can only remember one experience of show and tell of my own. We’d gone to my Nan and Pops over the weekend and she’d had the farrier out to tend to her horses (she had 8 back then I think). I collected some shavings and bagged them up to take to school. As soon as you opened the bag the earthy scent of manure and dirt was like a smack in the face. Putrid to some but to me, it was the smell of Kurnell and my childhood.


  • Omg my worst nightmare, dead bird


  • My son took a bunch of flowers for show and tell. He told his class that a strange man had dropped them off for his Mum. I was getting a few funny looks when people saw me down the street. It was actually a bunch of roses my husband had delivered for my Birthday. That’s right. My son took them before I’d even seen them. Made for a very unique Birthday


  • I would be horrified with the bat.
    When I was little I forgot to bring my ‘show and tell’ and while I was waiting for the bus I was crying because I thought I was going to get into trouble for not bringing something. So I collected about 14 cicada shells, put them in a tissue in my bag. When it was my turn to show them only 2 survived the bag ride and the rest were crushed up. I put them on my finger to show the class and the little legs got stuck and I freaked out because I couldn’t get them off. It flew off into a girls hair and she panicked and hit her head crushing the shell into her hair. Our class got panned on bringing animal stuff in.


  • I honestly can’t remember, but I’m sure there were some embarrassing things along the way …..


  • How funny are they!


  • I always help my kids to select items for there show and tell.


  • Lol they are so cute. Try so hard


  • Kids, so innocent


  • I needed a laugh, love the rabbit foot story.


  • My kids sure brought pets, but luckily they were alive.


  • Mercifully, if my kids have done anything like that, their teachers haven’t told me!


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