Santa’s Magic Reindeer Food with Free Printable Bag Topper & Poem
I’ve been sharing some of our favorite kids Christmas traditions with you this month. Yesterday I shared our Christmas Eve boxes tradition and today I have another really fun tradition for you, Santa’s magic reindeer food!
This magic reindeer food recipe isn’t meant to eat, but to throw out in the yard for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve! My kids always look forward to putting out cookies and milk for Santa and tossing out magic reindeer food and carrots for his reindeer! Those reindeer have to fly Santa all around the world in one night and they certainly deserve some good snacks along the way!
You can make this magic reindeer food with your kids or make it and package it up and tuck it inside their Christmas Eve boxes so they can put it out that night! Either way it is tons of fun!
For each packet of Santa’s magic reindeer food mix together 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, a dash of sprinkles and two good shakes of red and green edible glitter. Mix it together in a small bowl.
Transfer it over to a clear bag (I used these clear party bags) and roll the top down to close it.
Then print off these adorable FREE magic reindeer food bag toppers which have the poem printed on one side. I recommend printing these on a thicker cardstock paper like this one.
Cut them out into 4 bag toppers.
Fold each one in half and use a stapler to secure it to the top of your folded bag.
On Christmas Eve sprinkle these on the lawn and toss out some carrots too so the reindeer have a nice snack on their busy night! The reindeer food poem reads:
Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
as Santa’s reindeer fly & roam,
this will guide them to your home!
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This isn’t so cute! We usually put out carrots or oats for the reindeer on Christmas Eve!! I love this idea.
It’s a fun way to mix up the carrots or just plain oats. Glitter makes everything more fun.
This is so cute! My daughter and son would love to make this and put it out for Santa’s reindeer! Such a cute idea!
This is a really cute idea. Little ones will love this. I am sharing it.
should not use glitter …harmful to birds and wildlife and irresponsible. Do your homework before you put stuff out on blog!
I actually use edible glitter so it is perfectly safe for birds and other wildlife that may eat the oats.
Not sure I agree, according to the RSPB edible glitter contains enumbers harmful to wildlife and the RSPCA decribe it as lethal
to wildlife. ://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/glittersnotgoldforwildlife/. https://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2017/12/13/6things_magicalreindeer/#.WkUYU5mnzqA
You could use sprinkles instead 🙂
You can make your own edible glitter and it is just sugar with food coloring that you cook until it dries and sparkles. There are plenty of how to’s on Pinterest.
That’s a fantastic idea!
I did this with my children for years. The youngest is now 21. But even back then you can get edible type sprinkles some a little sugary and others just made out of starch. You can also toss in colorful birdseed from a feed n seed store. Stop trying to killjoy the kids fun, it’s super easy to make this “eco friendly “. FYI I also did this as treats in the goody bags they take home from school Christmas parties. Lots of parents loved the non sugar high treat that was still fun for the kids. It’s very economical to do this and we added a ginger bread boy individually wrapped from little Debbie cakes. Always a hit. Merry Christmas everyone.
Thanks for the great suggestions! I agree. Sub glitter for edible glitter or sprinkles 🙂
The glitter gets down into the grass and does no harm to anything😉 We have been doing this for DECADES. It simply blows away.
We do it in our front yard, towards the street – where it gets most wind,and Sun, better chance to wash away. They throw up in the air
So glitter separates from oat’s as they fly down.😉 We don’t do in BACK yard where our animal’s stay because our Beagle would eat all tahe oatmeal😨. Just enjoy and have fun🌲
Wash away eventually into the sea… perfect, won’t harm anything…
edible glitter is simply sugar with food coloring that is cooked until it dries out and shimmers. It doesn’t harm oceans or wildlife. If you need something to worry about or a cause to champion this is not it! Just enjoy Christmas
It also says in the recipe, edible glitter so how is that going to harm?
I think this is such a cute fun thing to do, I am doing this with my daughter this year and every year after this!
Sarah this is such a cute idea! We do this every year for the reindeer with the glitter to help them find our house 🙂
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