It’s Christmas Eve, and it’s time to leave the milk and cookies out for Santa. But what about the reindeer? Create a special treat for the kids to leave out as a way to say thank you to all of Santa’s hard-working helpers. Guide Rudolph and his team to your home this Christmas Eve with our yummy reindeer food.
These baggies of treats can be made with ingredients you probably already have at home, and they take only a few minutes to assemble. Sprinkle the mixture onto the yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents under the tree! For a healthy reindeer food alternative, leave a bowl of carrots outside on Christmas Eve for the reindeer to munch on.
Reindeer Food Recipe
- 1/2 cup uncooked oats
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup red and green sugar crystals/sprinkles
- 5×7 clear cellophane bag
- Carrots (healthy reindeer food)
- Cookies for Santa
- Stir all the ingredients together and add to a plastic bag.
- Staple poem to the bag at all four corners.
- On Christmas Eve, sprinkle the reindeer food outside and recite the special poem!
Magic Reindeer Poem
Add this magical poem to a reindeer food bag, and gift to friends or family this holiday season. It can also be a great classroom activity that kids can take home to their parents.
“Sprinkle on the lawn at night,
The moon will make it sparkle bright,
Santa’s Reindeer fly and roam,
This will help them find your home!”
This classic reindeer poem informs kids on the benefits of reindeer food! While the oats keep the reindeer energized, the sprinkles can help guide them to each home. This tag also comes in black and white, so kids can fill out their craft with crayon or colored pencil.
“Here’s what you do,
It isn’t hard,
Just sprinkle this treat in your yard!
The oats are for energy,
The sparkles are for flight,
The reindeers will come quickly, full of delight!”
Little Reindeer Poem
Print this adorable “little reindeer” poem for little ones to enjoy. For this poem, have the kids color in their poem before attaching to the baggie.
“You’re a little reindeer,
Ready to fly.
You pull Santa’s sleigh up in the sky.
Christmas is here,
You can’t be late.
All the children
Just cannot wait!”
This personalized poem is for the last reindeer to join Santa’s crew, Rudolph! With a bright red nose, he can help guide Santa to each and every home, and will spot your reindeer food from miles away.
“Rudolph with your nose so bright
Guides the sleigh on Christmas night.
Bright and merry, with all your cheer
Lets us know that Christmas is here.
Delivering gifts for everyone,
Lead Santa back when the night is done!”
Remember to give the elves a treat as well! Put chocolate in a baggie and add this fun elf poem to thank them for the beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree.
“The elves are hard at work all year,
To bring us joy and Christmas cheer!
So here’s a yummy thank you gift,
Sealed with a little chocolate kiss.”
Don’t forget Santa! Remember to leave a glass of milk and cookies out in the living room, along with a sweet poem he will love. Try our Dear Santa Message plate, and write him a special note along with delicious homemade cookies!
“With a click and a clack
And a great big pack,
Down through the chimney,
He will come on Christmas Eve!
If we are real nice and as still as mice,
If we never peep,
And are sound asleep,
He’ll fill our stockings, I do believe!
And when we arise
Next day our eyes
Will grow big to see
He knew what we all wished to receive.
Thank you Santa!”
These printable poems are perfect pairings to a delicious snack for Santa and his team. Sprinkle our reindeer food on your lawn on Christmas Eve, and leave a glittery trail for Rudolf and his friends. To download all the fun Christmas poems, click below.
Thanks to Personal Creations for this activity!