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Making "Reindeer Food" is a fun activity to do with your kids. This sparkly treat can be sprinkled on your lawn on Christmas eve to feed Santa's reindeer. This is a page about making "Reindeer Food".


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November 21, 2011

Making "Reindeer Food" is a great kids craft. This simple Christmas craft would also make a great gift for kids that you know.



Put 1/4 cup of oats in each baggie. Add 1/4 tsp. of both red and green sugar crystals. Seal baggie and shake to mix.

This cute poem can be printed on a colorful piece of paper and attach to each baggie:

Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home!

Have your kids sprinkle the "Reindeer Food" on the lawn on Christmas eve to feed Santa's reindeer.

By lalala... from Port Orchard, WA

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December 8, 20091 found this helpful

First, take a small, clear bag, and add about a tablespoon of dried oats to the bag, add a tiny amount of glitter, and label the bag "reindeer food." Put the reindeer food on the front lawn, if you can.


Otherwise, take a small, clear bag, and put several small marshmallows in the bag, then tie up the bag, and ad a tag, labeling it "reindeer poop."

By Carol Rodriguez from South Bend, IN

Editor's Note: Most glitter is toxic to birds and other animals. Make sure you get safe edible glitter if you are spreading it on your lawn.

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December 20, 20040 found this helpful

As a kid we always had animals and on Christmas Eve would put a box of hay on the porch for the reindeer. Every Christmas morning it would be all gone, eaten by the reindeers. Made me a believer!

By Lois

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December 17, 20090 found this helpful


  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Mix carefully. Add a dash of glitter just before spreading on front lawn on Christmas Eve. The glitter will sparkle under the moonlight and will catch the eye of the reindeer. This makes a great quick snack for the reindeer, while they are waiting for Santa to return to his sleigh.

By Leslie from Brandon, MS


Make Reindeer Food For Your Lawn

I've heard that the glitter might not be good for wildlife if ingested. (After all, you're mixing glitter with oats and sugar, one would assume that something would try to eat it.)

I've also heard that colored sugar or edible "glitter sugar" can be substituted for craft glitter and would be safer for our non-human neighbors. Just a thought. (12/01/2008)

By Clueless

Make Reindeer Food For Christmas Eve

I had the same thought as Clueless did about the glitter. It probably should be omitted. (12/03/2008)

By Maryeileen

Make Reindeer Food For Christmas Eve

It worked perfectly! :) (12/23/2008)

By Gabrielle

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December 17, 20090 found this helpful

A cute idea for preschool aged children is to mix up a batch of "reindeer food". My children helped me mix oatmeal and glitter, and we put it into little bags to pass out to their friends at preschool. I attached a little card, telling the children to sprinkle it on their porch on Christmas Eve for Santa's reindeer to snack on. You might want to add that it is only for reindeer to eat, not children!


By Stephanie


Reindeer food

Glitter is highly toxic to birds. You can use colored sugar and get the same result. (12/20/2005)

By ann

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