Monday, December 19, 2011

Magic Reindeer Food

Are your kids worried that Santa doesn't know how to find their house?  Do they feel bad that Santa gets sweet cookies and milk but his reindeer get carrots?  Try this fun Magic Reindeer Food activity to help ease their minds!

I was introduced to Magic Reindeer Food last year by a parent from Nutty's swimming lessons.  She was giving it out as an advertisement for her photography business and I thought it was so cute!  My girls had a ton of fun sprinkling it on the snow Christmas Eve too!

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1/4 cup raw, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • A sprinkle or two (or more) of red, green, or silver sugar crystals (for cake decorating)
  • Small plastic baggies
  • Paper (preferably cardstock)
  • Printer or markers to make your own tag
  • Stapler with staples or ribbon

1)  Make a tag that labels the reindeer food and has the instruction poem on it (make your own, find one on the internet, or attempt to download mine--sorry, I don't know how to make it downloadable)

2)  Mix the oatmeal, sugar, and colored crystals (to your liking) in a bowl

3)  Divide the mixture among bags

4)  Attach the tags to the bags with a stapler (or you could punch a hole it it and tie it around the top of the bag with ribbon)

5)  Give it to your kids just before Christmas.  You can also have your kids give it to friends or you can do what the mom in Nutty's swimming lessons did and add your website address or phone number to the tag and hand it out as advertising).  This year Tommy (our Elf On The Shelf) is bringing back the Reindeer Food from the North Pole.
 Nutty sprinkling our Reindeer Food in the snow the night before Christmas last year.

6)  Have your kids sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn/snow the night before Santa comes to your house.

7)  Don't forget to mess up the food a little bit after the kids go to bed to make it look like Santa's reindeer ate it.  If your kids are smart like mine, they'll ask why there aren't reindeer tracks in the snow.  I told them they were flying (hovering) over the snow when they ate it so they didn't leave tracks :)

Do you think your kids would like Magic Reindeer Food?


  1. Saw you on tip junkie, love reading this. I have heard a lot about reindeer food but did not know what it was. Going to have to try this one!

  2. I have made reindeer food since my grandson was a toddler. I have used all kinds of sandwich bags with tape, staples, etc. The best thing I have found to use are the small "jewelry bags" (approx 2" x 1")that I pick up at Wal-Mart (in the craft department with jewelry-making supplies). They are little plastic bags that close like a ziploc bag. I print the labels out and put them on with double-sided tape. No staples to poke little fingers.

    The bags are also great for using to carry a day's medication, small amounts of condiments, etc.


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