Hello December 1st! Christmas is such a magical and exciting time of year. Especially when you get to see it through the eyes of children. Their wonder and delight in all the little things is contagious.
We started this tradition of sprinkling reindeer food back in 2014 when our oldest was 5. She was so excited when her daddy carried her out to the deck before bed to sprinkle the reindeer food onto our lawn. See what I mean about the joy of the season being contagious, smiles on both their faces!
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So, what it reindeer food? Reindeer food it simply oats, sugar, and sprinkles. Mix it all together and voila, reindeer food! This year I am making a bunch to give away to neighbor kids and to Amber’s friends at school, so I made up at quick little poem and slapped in onto a printable label to attach to the baggie of food.
The poem goes like this:
On Christmas Eve reindeers need a little love too
They have a very important job to do
While Santa is busy inside
We’ll eat this snack you’ve left for us to find outside
Your kids will get a kick out of this project, they can even help you put it all together, and the distribute the goods to their friends.
First, grab your mixing bowl and add all the ingredients: 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup sprinkles. If you’d like to give your reindeer food a festive scent add in about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Mix everything together with a spoon.
For the sprinkles I like to use a bigger sprinkle, like Jimmies or shapes of some sort. The ones I used in for this project came from Target. I thought the peppermint sprinkles would add some sparkle to the bags of food. So, instead of 1/4 cup I used 1/8th cup of each kind pictured below.
Next, scoop out 1/4 cup into each snack sized baggie. This recipe made 7 baggies of reindeer food. The measurements for the ingredients double or split relatively easily if you need to make more or less.
Now it’s time for the poem. Here is a copy of the Reindeer Food Printable Poem for you to print and cut out. You can use regular scissors or give them a fancy edge like I did with decorative scissors. Once you have them all cut out use your hole punch to put a hole in the poem and on the top part of the bag (the part without the food in it). I clipped the hole on the right side of each so the ribbon would be on the opposite side of the holly on the printable.
Use any ribbon you have lying around to tie the poem and bag together, and you’re done!
Here are the supplies you’ll need to complete the project and the condensed version of the steps: oats, sugar, sprinkles, snack sized baggies, measuring cups, Reindeer Food Printable Poem, decorative scissors, hole punch, and ribbon.
Reindeer food recipe:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sprinkles
1/4 tsp cinnamon if desired
1 – Mix all the ingredients (cinnamon optional). Add 1/4 cup of the mixture to each plastic baggy. I found that I like the ‘snack’ sized baggies the best for this project, for the measurements listed I was able to fill 7 baggies.
2 – Print and cut out the reindeer poem. I used decorative scissors to add a cutesy touch, but regular scissors will work too.
3 – Use your hole punch to put a hole in the top of the baggie (the part the contents does not go into), and a hole in your poem.
4 – Attach your poem to the baggie of reindeer food with a piece of ribbon. Done!
I hope your kids enjoy this project as much as mine do.
x – Nicole