Reindeer food: How to make magic reindeer dust with the kids

A cute tradition to start with the little ones...

Reindeer food

Reindeer food is a cute Christmas tradition you can start with your kids - here's how to do it...

When the festive period comes around, there's nothing like getting together as a family and do fun activities to get into the spirit of the season.

From a reverse advent calendar (or a non-chocolate one) to buying matching family pyjamas the whole family can wear on Christmas Eve, there's quite a few adorable Christmas traditions you can start to follow with your little ones and make this season even more fun for them.

Another tradition that has become more and more popular recently is reindeer food - a mix meant to light the path to Santa's reindeer, so he can deliver presents safely to the right address.

You can buy it from some supermarkets, but trust us - it's so easy to make and such a fun activity for the little ones!

So if you want to start this cute tradition, here's everything you need to know...

What you'll need to make reindeer food

  • Oats
  • Coloured sugar
  • Edible glitter

How to make reindeer food

Making reindeer food with the kids couldn't be easier. After you've gathered all the ingredients, all you have to do is mix them in a bowl, which the kids can easily do with your supervision.

As the food won't be baked or cooked, you don't need to measure exact quantities - just use a dash of each ingredient.

After all the ingredients are well mixed, you can store your magical reindeer food in a plastic bag - preferably decorated with a red nose in honour of our pal Rudolph.

Once Christmas Eve comes round, get your little ones to help you sprinkle the reindeer food by your front door, to light Rudolph's way into your home, so Santa knows where to drop off their presents!

Note: If you want to sprinkle your reindeer food in the lawn, the RSPCA advises opting for bird seeds with a bit of chilli flakes instead of sugar and glitter, as this could be harmful for garden wildlife.

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Mariana Cerqueira
Lifestyle Editor

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for and My Imperfect Life. She joined the team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.