Updated on 11/7/22

Get in the Christmas Spirit during this most wonderful time of year and make a batch of Magic Reindeer Food with your children or students. This fun Christmas activity, that comes with free printables and a cute poem, is perfect for any setting.

Magic Reindeer Food | Free Printable Tags

My kids and I have been making magic reindeer food ever since my oldest was in Kindergarten. (She’s now in college!) It’s a fun Christmas Eve tradition to participate in during the holiday season.

What is Magic Reindeer Food

You might be asking yourself just what is magic reindeer food?. You may have seen the idea around over the years and didn’t think twice about it.

Things change over time and now you are looking for something fun to put in your kids Christmas Eve boxes.

Enter magic reindeer food.

We all leave cookies and a tall glass of milk for Santa, but let’s not forget the reindeer who need a little boost of energy too.

We need to make sure Santa’s reindeer have enough energy to pull Santa’s sleigh and to make it around the world to deliver gifts.

To help them out, we can sprinkle some Magic Reindeer Food on the lawn Christmas Eve.


The Story of Magic Reindeer Food

To help explain things a bit better, here’s a free printable reindeer food poem.


Be sure to take this magic food

and sprinkle on the lawn.

On Christmas Eve Santa’s Reindeer

travel miles before the dawn.

The smell of oats and shimmer path

will guide them on their way.

And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts

next morn on Christmas day.

Legend has it that the stars shining on the magic reindeer dust will draw the attention of the reindeer and it will guide them to your home to drop off gifts in time for Christmas morning.

Magic Reindeer Food is a timeless tradition that kids will love. The recipe can be tweaked to your liking and the free printable tags and instructions make this easy to give as a gift.

Fun Christmas Traditions for Families with Small Children

We don’t have many Christmas traditions because it’s always a toss up where we will spend Christmas each year. 99.9% of the time we are home on Christmas Eve so doing what we can to help Santa’s reindeer fly is a no brainer.

The second I came across this fun Christmas tradition, I new I had to make it apart of our celebrations.

Sprinkling magic reindeer food on the front lawn before bedtime on Christmas Eve has become the one tradition that we all look forward to each year. I’m sure this special treat for Rudolph and his gang is greatly appreciated.

Not only is this so much fun to do with little kids but it’s a fun activity for the whole family to get involved in.

Ideas for Sharing this Magical Mixture

Making magic reindeer food for your family or to share with friends and neighbors doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t have to get crazy if you aren’t the creative type.

This is literally such a simple idea that you can whip it up in no time and there are many simple ideas for giving away this magical mixture.

  • A Clear Bag – You know the ones. You can buy them in the baking aisle at your local craft store or HERE on Amazon.
  • Plastic Test Tubes – This is my favorite way to share this reindeer mix. I even have free printable reindeer food tags that you can download made especially for test tubes. See bottom of post for the free download.
  • Ziploc Bag – This is a very popular way of sharing magic reindeer food. We’ve done it that way in the past before we moved onto to test tubes. I even have printable bag toppers just for this method. You can find them HERE.
  • Baby Food Jars – This is a good idea for those who like to recycle and repurpose.

Magical Reindeer Food Recipe

Making a batch of reindeer food is as easy as 1-2-3 and there’s really no right or wrong way to make it. My easy recipe always consists of these 3 simple ingredients: sprinkles, oatmeal and sugar…or as we like to call it, magic dust.

This simple recipe can be whipped up right along side of baking Christmas cookies since you will likely use these very same ingredients in your holiday baking.

Whether you’re making big or small batch of your favorite reindeer food recipe, start with a cup sugar, cup oatmeal and cup of green sugar crystals or sprinkles and go from there.

Magic Reindeer Food | Free Printable Tags

For this particular project I did about a tablespoon per layer. I also love that if you forget to do this until it’s almost too late it takes 2 minutes to whip up.

These little test tubes filled with reindeer food would make the best classroom Christmas gift at your child’s holiday party. You could even give them out to the other special kids in your life who might like it during this Christmas season.

If you are a family that is looking for additional Advent Calendar activities, I definitely recommend this. It’s the perfect fun idea to top off your Christmas holiday activities.

If you are looking for even more fun traditions and activities to do with your family, I have this awesome post Free Christmas Activity and Game Printables. They are all for personal use (as is these free reindeer food printables) and will provide hours of holiday fun.

Easy Reindeer Food Recipe with Free Printable Tags

Now that you know all there is to know about magic reindeer food and this fun Christmas Eve tradition, it’s time to put your knowledge to work. To download these FREE Printable Magic Reindeer Food Tags, simply click the button below.

Please remember that these are for personal use only. The files are not to be shared or sold.

Magic Reindeer Food Free Printable Tags


Here at The Girl Creative we LOVE the Christmas season. We’ve designed FREE Christmas SVGS for Silhouette and Cricut users and we’ve created may free printables for the holidays. And we love sharing them with you!

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