No matter where you live, this magic reindeer food is guaranteed to guide Santa’s reindeer to your home this Christmas Eve! This reindeer food recipe and printable tag is the perfect activity to do with your kids, and it might just become your new favorite holiday tradition!
Most of us grew up putting milk and cookies out for Santa as a “thank you” for bringing presents down our questionably clean chimneys. We might have even left carrots for the reindeer if we were feeling particularly thoughtful.
But how can you ensure that the reindeer actually make it to your house to munch down those yummy carrots?
With magic reindeer food, that’s how! This fun Christmas tradition is the perfect holiday activity to do with your family! It’s also inexpensive and easy to assemble – both are pluses in any busy mom’s playbook!
Here’s how to make your own magical reindeer food, complete with a printable reindeer food poem you can use year after year:
What is the Magical Reindeer Food Tradition?
If you’re unfamiliar with the magical reindeer food tradition, here’s a short and sweet description: It’s a “magical” combination of reindeer food (oats) and flying dust (sugar cookie sprinkles) that kids sprinkle over their front lawn on Christmas Eve.
This yummy reindeer treat guides the reindeer to their house so Santa can do his thing before moving on to spread more holiday cheer. It’s also a super sweet and fun activity you can do with younger kids and grandchildren, and it only takes a few ingredients to whip up!
*You could even add this to your Christmas activities advent calendar as a fun holiday activity to do as you countdown to Christmas!
Find out how to make reindeer food below, along with a downloadable poem to attach to each container of your magical mix!
How to Make Reindeer Food
It’s easy to make your own magic reindeer food, and your kids can help too! Just follow this reindeer food recipe:
- Gather your ingredients:
- Oats – You can use quick-cooking or rolled oats for your magic reindeer food. They love them both!
- Sugar Cookie Sprinkles – Use colored or glittery sprinkles in holiday colors like gold, green, and red. *Use sugar cookie sprinkles instead of real glitter to make the magic reindeer food safe for hungry birds.
- Mix the ingredients together – Add the oats and sprinkles to a large bowl, and have your child help you mix them.
- Package your magic reindeer food – Portion the magical reindeer food into resealable zip top bags, plastic glitter tubes, or plastic craft bottles. *The printable labels fit perfectly on 3″ x 4″ zip top bags that you can find at most craft stores.
- Print the Magic Reindeer Food Poem – Download the printable poem and print it at home or send it to a local print shop. Cut out the poem, fold the tag in half, and punch a hole at the top of the gift tag. *I suggest printing your poem on white card stock for a high-quality look and feel.
- Attach Magic Reindeer Food Poem – Tie the magical reindeer food poem onto the bottle with a holiday-colored ribbon, or staple or tape it to the plastic bag.
Magic Reindeer Food Poem
You can download this adorable poem to attach to your magical reindeer food container – The adorable reindeer food printable tags are available in my shop here!
The moon shines bright on Christmas Eve night,
This glittery mixture will capture its light
and guide Santa’s reindeer right to your door
for a midnight snack, then away they’ll soar.
Get the Printable Labels HERE
Want to make your own magical reindeer food with the printable labels in this post? These adorable reindeer food labels are available in my SHOP – and you get BOTH DESIGNS! Just click the link below to see the printable reindeer food labels in my shop:
More Christmas Printables for Kids
Looking for other Christmas printables for kids to use this holiday? Check out some of my other posts:
This kid-centered Christmas advent calendar is an extra fun way to celebrate the holiday season. You’re just a click away from your own ready-made Christmas Activities Advent Calendar!
Sometimes, our desire to do fun, homemade Christmas crafts with our kids is overshadowed by how busy the holiday season is! This paper cone Christmas tree craft is low-prep, entertaining for all ages, and is guaranteed to keep your children occupied for at least 5 minutes!
This holly jolly take on “Simon Says” is the perfect activity for a snowy day. Just download, print, and cut out the Santa Says game cards for hours of holiday fun.
I hope you and your kids LOVE these adorable magical reindeer food labels! And don’t forget to PIN this post for later: