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Magic Reindeer Food (+ Free Printable Labels)


Making magic reindeer food has become a fun Christmas Eve tradition in our home and makes a great small gift or holiday party favor. The kids can even make it themselves and give it to their friends. Last year, we attended a Christmas party where the  hostess set up a cute station for the kids to put together their own reindeer food. It was a huge hit and fun activity!

 Depending on how big your jars are, you may need more or less “food” so adjust this to your jar size.

Free Reindeer Food Poem Printable Hip2Save

Supplies for reindeer food

For this craft you’ll need:

* 1/2 cup oatmeal
* 2 tablespoons red sugar sprinkles
* 2 tablespoons green sugar sprinkles
* small jar or Ziploc bag
* ribbon or string to tie tag
* jingle bells (optional)
* Free Reindeer Food Printable Label found here

Reindeer Food Poem Hip2Save


Layer the oats, sprinkles. and colored sugar in a small jars and attach this cute label/tag! Both jar styles are available at Michaels Crafts for around $1 each before coupons. Magical Reindeer Food Hip2Save

Have the kids sprinkle some magic food outside on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer! They’ll need some fuel for the big night! 😀

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime![/h2s_box]

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Comments 25

  1. Melanie

    Love love love this!!!!!!

    • Rebe

      I am so relief all the ingredients are edible, thank you Collin and Lina! Every year I hold my breath every time I see a recipe that is meant to “help” the reindeer when actually is hurting animals…

      • Rebecca Elaine

        There’s always a negative nancy. I don’t think a teaspoon of glitter in a front lawn is harming wildlife. Many people in neighborhood do not even have wildlife around.

      • Keri Burke

        Totally agree Rebe! The birds and squirrels eat the mix and get sick from glitter. Ignore trolls!

  2. woohoo

    I did this last year. .. recorded my son reading the “magic poem”…. then sprinkled the lawn. … if you throw in some glitter and loose sequins it will give it a sparkleing effect. The kids loved it! … smiled from ear to ear! ..

    • verna

      please dont add glitter to reindeer foodits really bad for the birds

  3. carms

    too cute!

  4. Jenn

    I’m so relieved to see that this recipe doesn’t include glitter which is toxic and harmful to birds and pets! Thank you!

  5. Bologna

    I’ll have to make this since my darn reindeer poop order got cancelled! lol j/k

  6. JA

    I am getting ready to make these for my daughter’s Christmas party….except I don’t have the jingle bells, which now I totally need to get! Anybody got a “hip” deal on jingle bells? 😉

    • Crystal

      I saw some jingle bell necklaces at the dollar tree last week.

  7. Misty Nicole Overstreet

    This is an awesome recipe! I’d like to add that in addition to this, last year I made a version of this using oats, treat mix, and dehydrated fruits and veggies for my various smaller pets; four guinea pigs, mouse, and bird. I had the bottles put in a basket and left for the kids next to their Santa cookie plate, with a note that asked them to give treats to even the smallest members of the household on behalf of Santa. The kids felt so accomplished being Santa’s helpers.

  8. Tiara

    My daughter came home with one of these last year from her kindergarten class and it was such a hit! Birds ate the oats but the glitter remained on top of the snow. The glitter was silver and she used a baggiebwhich is much cheaper.

  9. trashay

    JA- yes, Michaels has a 40% off coupon regular price and they sell different sizes of jingle bells there

  10. jenny

    This is so cute! I wish I had the “craft” job at my 3rd graders class party. I have the “game”. Any one have a good idea for that??

    • Julie

      Pin the nose on Rudolph is a cute game, or the left, right game. The kids always enjoyed the left, right game. If you aren’t familiar with that game I am sure you could google it. I t is quite fun.

    • JA

      You can also do “pin the nose on the snowman.” In the past I have made a bowling game using 2 liter bottles (I painted them to look like penguins), a present toss game where I wrapped empty boxes and had the kids toss them down a “chimney” (just a big box I wrapped in brick paper). Another good one is to have kids wrap each other up in toilet paper and decorate them with hats and scarves like snowmen. Sounds crazy but it’s fun. Can you tell I’ve done a few Christmas parties?

    • amy

      Maybe get a gift for the classroom or treats for the kids or pencils etc. and wrap it up with multiple layers of wrapping paper. Play music and when music stops the child unwraps one layer and you keep going until the present is revealed.

    • jenny

      Thanks for all of the ideas!

  11. JulieA

    This is such a cute idea. I made some last year & gave most away to the kids at church and at a craft fair.

  12. Rachel

    We do this as well! We add edible glitter (or sugar sprinkles) so we don’t harm any animals (it’s like tinkerbell’s fairy dust- it helps them fly!), and make daddy sprinkle it on the roof on Christmas Eve! That’s by far the most fun! After all, the reindeer land on the roof, not on the lawn! Haha 😉 My hubby wasn’t thrilled, but our kids (and myself) laughed until it hurt when daddy climbed up to sprinkle the food!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s too funny 🙂

  13. Janaa

    We did these at my son’s Christmas party last year but I had it set up like a station so the kids could put them together. We used ziplocks and had a different printable that staples over the top but same poem.

  14. Amanda Neighbors

    Cheap idea – use baby jars

  15. Eva

    77 Cornelius Lucas Jersey.How much is 88 Clive Walford Jersey?

    Cannot miss the cheap basketball shirts too.

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