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Make this Magical Reindeer Food a fun activity with your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews. This food is perfect for kids to give to their friends or to use themselves on Christmas Eve.
Magical Reindeer Food – Incredibly Easy Holiday Tradition
Our family always leaves Santa with Cookies and beer (Yep, a beer). My husband’s idea is to give Santa an extra special treat. After all, he may need to relax some after delivering all those presents. However, we do not want to leave anyone out. Those reindeer often get left out.
How can we forget about them?
This year let’s plan on energizing and nourishing those adorable reindeer as they deliver presents. And you have never heard of Magical Reindeer food? Let me explain, It is food that is specially formulated just for Santa’s reindeer. They absolutely love this treat, and it will guide them right to your house. We all could use some “extra” help.
My kids and I have been making magic reindeer food ever since my oldest was in kindergarten. (He is now in 8th grade! – wow time flies) And now he knows that Santa is not real. That was a sad day when he figured out that truth. But he still enjoys this tradition. Although we don’t make them for ourselves anymore, we hand them out as gifts.
When the kids were little, they would get so excited on Christmas morning to find that the reindeer have eaten some of their food.
It is all in the pantry
Chances are, you have the simple ingredients needed to mix up a batch of reindeer food for the special believers you know. Have the kids head to the pantry and pull out the ingredients needed (listed below, the print version available as well).
And let’s get this party started.
Here’s how you make “Magical Reindeer Food”
This sparkly mixture is not meant for human consumption (although safe if eaten without regular glitter). Put this out as a special treat for the kids to leave for the reindeer. But make the milk and cookies out for Santa a priority (he he!) If the kids do stick their hands in it to eat, it will not harm them. They just may not like the taste.
It can easily be made in less than 5 minutes. Mix together these three ingredients in a bowl. Assemble. Place in zip-top bags until Christmas Eve night.
- Raw Uncooked Rolled Oats
- Granulated Sugar
- Sugar Glitter Sprinkles
This food is absolutely safe for birds and small animals to eat. If fact, your yard may become very popular the next few days after Christmas.
There are no exact measurements here.
How much of each depends on how big a batch of reindeer food you want. Put some of each out in three measuring cups and let kids dump them in a big bowl and stir them up with a wooden spoon.
I would add the sugar glitter in yourself (depending on the age of your kids); I could only imagine how much of a glittering mess you will have in your kitchen or use cake sprinkles or anything that adds BLING to the dry mix.
Makes great gifts
These make the perfect classroom gifts for small children. All children enjoy a little Christmas sparkle magic in their lives.
To make as gifts, simply place in a plastic snack bag. You can even label them. If you go to www.thetomkatstudio.com and search “reindeer food tags” or just click the highlighted link, you can print out a tag with a cute poem. They are completely free.
The poem that goes along with the food and printable label is so sweet!
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.
Why These 3 Ingredients Are Used:
Raw Uncooked Rolled Oats – Well, that is what real reindeer like to eat (or so I am told).
Granulated Sugar – To make it sweet. Reindeer do have a sweet tooth. Don’t they?
Sugar Glitter Sprinkles – To make it sparkle in the night. This way, the reindeer can find it while Santa is delivering all those Christmas presents. I explain to my kids why we use each ingredient. This is a tradition we have started a few years ago and LOVE!!
Spreading the magic with Christmas cheer .
I would suggest that you help the kids scatter the reindeer food very broadly in your yard. This way, you won’t end up with piles of mush in your yard, and the kids will probably be sad to see the reindeer didn’t eat all their food.
Not only is this a fun idea to do with your kids, but this idea can be shared.
Happy Reindeer Feeding!
Magical Reindeer Food Recipe
Guide Rudolph and his team this Christmas Eve with some magical reindeer food. Sprinkle the mix of oats and edible glitter in the yard – the glimmer in the moonlight will light the way for Santa and his sleigh and the reindeer will have something to eat after all their hard work!
- Raw uncooked rolled oats
- Sugar glitter sprinkles
- Plastic snack baggies
- Ribbon (in holiday colors)
- Paper for the printable tags
- Add 3 - 4 tablespoons of oats into each plastic bag.
- Add 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar to the bag
- Finally, mix in 1 teaspoon of your sugar glitter sprinkles in your choice of color.
- Close bag and mix well.
- Using a zipper top bag, punch a small hole in the corner and thread a piece of ribbon through the hole.
- Add tag and tie.