I have always been obsessed with the Christmas season, but since having kids it has gotten out of control. And, honestly, I would not have it any other way. Christmas is just magical and teaching them how to make reindeer food is a huge part of the magic of Christmas Eve.
Watching your child’s eyes light up in wonder and awe is really a beautiful thing and brings out the kid in all of us. This Reindeer Dust will only add to this magical time of year. When I was teaching, my students loved it and now my daughter loves it too!
This project is great for making with your children at home, but even more fun to make with a classroom full of students. A few simple supplies and an easy to follow recipe make this a great way to send your students home with a fun treat for Christmas Eve.
–Glitter (color of your choice)
-Printable (see below)
How To Make Reindeer Dust (aka Reindeer Food)
Make Reindeer Dust is SO easy. You will mix 8 cups of oatmeal and 2 cups of glitter and stir. That’s it! I was not lying, huh? Depending on how many students you will be making this for, you can adjust accordingly. This made me 15 bags total. I had my daughter help me make reindeer food for her and her classmates. She carefully poured the oatmeal into a large ziplic baggie.
After I sealed the ziploc bag, she had a blast shaking the bag to mix the glitter into the oatmeal.
After you make the dust, you will evenly place it into ziploc baggies. I placed 1/2 cup in each plastic baggie. Make sure you seal the bags properly. They can make a huge mess if not. Trust me, I have learned in the past. 🙂
You will want to print off the labels and cut and fold. These are editable. You can download KG The Fighter and open the document in Adobe Acrobat and then you can type in your name or your child’s name in the black spaces. You will then staple the label at the top of the plastic bag. This is what it should look like when you are finished.
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How To Use Reindeer Food
On Christmas Eve, students will take the Reindeer Dust outside and sprinkle on the lawn. There are no words to describe the excitement on my daughter’s face when she does this. I can only imagine what she will be like this year since she is older.
The sparkle from the glitter will attract the reindeer during the night and guide them to each students’ house so Santa can come and bring presents for all the good boys and girls.
Once your kids are asleep, make sure that you go out and sweep the glitter around so that when they want to run outside and check to see if it is still there, it is all gone. We forgot that important step last year, but lucky for us, it was windy outside so that did the trick!
Print Your Reindeer Food Label Below!
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I hope that you and your students enjoy Reindeer Dust and you will love the experience of teaching them how to make reindeer food! Check out more of our fun holiday themed ideas for the classroom below. Are you looking for more Christmas ideas, activities, and printables to do at home or in the classroom? If so check out our section of Christmas Lessons and Activities!