This magic reindeer food idea is one of the best Christmas activities of all. I wish they had this when I was a kid. Santa always gets milk and cookies, right? Well, how about Rudolph and the other reindeer, they work just as hard or harder. So, why not make reindeer snacks to give them a boost of energy along the way?
I've done this in my classes and the kids love it. It's also a great family activity to get into the magical feeling of Christmas. I've seen various recipes on line, some of them call for mixing in craft glitter Please don't use glitter, as it's not environmentally friendly, and will give the reindeer or other animals tummy aches. Use red and green sugar crystals, instead.
Also, it can be a bit of a science lesson. Teach the kids that reindeer need salt just like cows need a salt lick, so include that in the recipe. I've seen fancy store bought versions of this craft, but that's silly. Where's the fun in that? You should make it yourself. Here's one recipe from me, but you can adapt it. You can use an old baby food jar or a plastic bag. There's also a poem to go along with it and printable labels.
Magic Reindeer Snacks Recipe:
- oats, dried oatmeal
- red and green sugar crystals
- jolly laughter(the most important, that's the magic part)
1. You can just mix everything up and put it in the jar, but I think it looks better to layer each ingredient. The last ingredient is a good dose of jolly laughter to energize it all. Seal the jar and tie a ribbon. You could include this label and say the poem to go with it.:
"Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will bring them to your home."
This craft should be prepared at least a week or more before Christmas.
2. On Christmas eve, set out the reindeer snacks. Some people just throw everything on the lawn, but I think it's better for the reindeer if you put most of it in a dish, just like feeding your dog. And don't make the mistake of putting it by the fireplace with Santa's cookies, or you'll have reindeer trampling all over your house.
There are lots of reindeer food label on the internet. Here are a couple.