how to make reindeer food + free printable reindeer food poem tag

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When I was little, we did the cookies-and-milk-for-Santa thing.  Every couple years we would think to throw a carrot or two outside for the reindeer to enjoy while Santa carried in our loot.

I was reading my friend Amy’s blog and saw a post about reindeer food.  Seemed simple enough – oatmeal and glitter mixed together.  You then sprinkle the food on your lawn on Christmas Eve.  The “reindeer dust” (glitter) sparkles in the moonlight and helps the reindeer find your house.  Cute!

So when I found myself with a rainy day and a daughter AND niece to entertain, I figured we could make our own reindeer food.  I changed up the ingredients a little bit and substituted sprinkles instead of glitter to avoid glitter all over my lawn.

You will need:

  • Oatmeal
  • Glitter (or sprinkles)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • empty baby food jar or ziploc bag
  • poem tag (optional)

So we started out with our ingredients:

reindeer food 2

Dump them all in a bowl:

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reindeer food 5

We then filled up our baby food jars and covered them with tissue paper (you could also use fabric).  The last step was to add the reindeer food poem tag:

reindeer food 5

reindeer food 5

So there you have it, reindeer food.

Here is the poem that goes with it:

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

I made up this printable tag – which you can download here in PDF format.  PDF contains 3 different sizes – you can print whichever page works best for you.

reindeer food poem

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  • KG

    That will be such a special memory! I remember my putting that in our yard and that was at least 15 years ago.

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  • Couponqueder

    You are a wonderful mom and now I have to steal your idea so that I can be that “wonderful” mom. Merry Christmas.

    • Anonymous

      LOL! 🙂 Hope you had fun making it!

    • kate

      I just stold it too

  • awsomo 220000

    great i love it make it every year

    • Anonymous


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  • Hadley Duncan

    We like to add wild birdseed to our mixture!!!!

  • Bshea

    We are going to make it this year for the first time, me (Mommy :)), my 5 year old and my 4 year old!! 😀 I am so excited to start this tradition! The boys can’t wait!

  • Gina

    Love this, we have Great Nieces and Nephews we will see on Thanksgiving. I am going to make some up and give them to them

  • hattifnatt

    I see your recipe says to use glitter, (or sprinkles).
    Say we use glitter, which we will prefer for the bright sparkling effect announced on your fantastic printable tag.
    Glitter is commonly made from plastic, sometimes even glass.
    Have you even considered what will happen when birds or other animals actually eat your “reindeer food”?
    I mean, in the real world?

    • Guest

      There is something you can use that provides that sparkling effect without harm. It isn´t glitter, but edible glitter.
      I suggest you change your recipe to say “edible glitter”, and emphasise this, so people don´t sprinkle tiny and sharp plastic shards mixed with food on their lawns.

    • lol

      Omg seriously. You can’t be nicer about it then this. Wow

    • Angel Cooper

      How about colored sugar? It sparkles and then the ants can eat too 🙂

      • Exactly! Edible glitter is made from sugar. Colorful and sparkly. Safe and fun for all you mothers out there! Happy new year!

  • kate

    I just did it and my sisters and cousins love it thanks

  • one direction lover

    it looks fun and i am so making it

  • one direction lover

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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