Looking for Reindeer Food that doesn't contain glitter? This Reindeer Food is eco-friendly & contains a magic ingredient to help Rudolph's nose glow! A great 'green' alternative to the traditional recipe, & one which helps local wildlife too. Children of all ages will love creating this ready for the reindeer to enjoy on Christmas Eve.
We've been making this Reindeer Food for a couple of years now & it's become a tradition in our house to make it on the Sunday before Christmas Day. We start by decorating gift bags to hold the food.
Paper bags are ideal for this as they're easy to draw/write on & can be easily recycled once used. In previous years we've added a gift label with a little message for the recipients; "Thank you Reindeer for guiding the sleigh. Here's a treat to help you on your way."
For our Reindeer Food we use a range of ingredients which the reindeer (& wild birds) love. We add each to a dish which makes it easier for smaller hands to scoop them out & add to the bag.
To make our Reindeer Food you'll need:
:: Rolled oats - which helps the reindeer stay strong as they fly around the world
:: Peanuts - which gives the reindeer energy
:: Poppy Seeds - help their coats stay shiny
:: Dried Cranberries - help Rudolph's nose glow at night
We purchased all our bird food from Poundland, including the dried cranberries which we found in the home baking area. The poppy seeds came from homegrown poppies from our garden. Using seeds we've grown helps to remind us not only of the rhythm of the Seasons but also the simple ways we can help local wildlife throughout the year. During the Summer the poppies are providing pollen for the bees, & now in the Winter, the birds are benefiting from the flowers too.
To make your Reindeer Food just add the ingredients to a small bag. You can use as much or as little as you like & add them in your chosen order. The best part of this is encouraging children to consider what they think the reindeers will need, a perfect way to inspire their imagination! Be warned though, too many cranberries & Rudolph's nose will glow too bright blinding the other reindeer. 😉
The last ingredient that makes this Reindeer Food magic is the wish you add at the end. Your wish makes the reindeer fly & helps them find where you live. (Remember though that this magic only works on reindeers & on Christmas Eve when they're guiding the sleigh.)
To add your magic wish you need to hold the bag of Reindeer Food in your hands & close your eyes tight. Then make your wish, blow on the outside of the bag & your wish is in there for the reindeers to find! Magic! Make sure you seal your bag up with glue or washi tape so the wish can't escape & is safely stored until 24th December.
On Christmas Eve carefully open your bag of Reindeer Food & either scatter it over the ground or leave it in the open bag for the reindeer to find. Your wish will fly up & guide them to the food.
They'll be super grateful for your amazing gift & happy to share it with the birds too. Reindeer know the true magic of Christmas is all about sharing, so they'll want to share their food with other animals & birds especially on Christmas Day.
This Reindeer Food creates a little seasonal magic & kids will love making their own in a special bag. Eco-friendly & great for helping Winter wildlife too, a perfect Christmas gift to share.