One of our favorite holiday traditions (and a favorite activity at our recent community play dates!) is making reindeer food. It’s not an original concept; you create reindeer-friendly trail mix to sprinkle on your lawn or front stoop on Christmas Eve so that Santa’s reindeer can more easily find your house. My 20-something cousin mentioned to me that she made her Dad put it on the roof one year…

Note that the mix is reindeer friendly. Not human friendly.

How To Make Reindeer Food - (cool) progeny

How To Make Reindeer Food - (cool) progeny

The recipe is very simple (and — with the exception of the magic flying powder — completely bird, squirrel, and little animal friendly). Mix together quick cooking oats, protein mix (rice cereal), concentrated snow (flaked coconut), crunchy seeds (bird seed) together in a large bowl. Then sprinkle in your favorite colored magic flying powder, also known as glitter. We use a mix of the large, kid-friendly glitter and finer colored glitter.

While it’s fun to make as a family, it’s even more fun to gift. We package ours with a little poem I found years ago on Pinterest (again, can’t take credit for it!):

Sprinkle on the lawn at night!
The moon will make it sparkle bright!
As Santa’s reindeer fly & roam,
this will guide them to your home!

Small candy gift bags work great for packaging. A fun but messy group activity if you’re looking for class or scout group ideas.

Hope this becomes a new tradition in your home, too!

Reindeer Food
Perfect for reindeers of the magical variety... 😉
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. Rolled Oats
  2. Bird Seed
  3. Rice Cereal (protein crunchies)
  4. Coconut Flakes (concentrated snow)
  5. Glitter (any color!)
  6. Small candy bags or mason jars
  1. In a large bowl, have kids combine oats, bird seed, rice cereal, and coconut flakes. Have them mix a blend for a particular reindeer. Would Comet like more oats or would he need more protein for energy by the time he gets to your house?
  2. Sprinkle in the magic flying powder -- aka glitter. Mix and fill small candy bags or mason jars until Christmas Eve!
  1. This was a hit at our "Night of Reindeer Magic" at the National Aquarium -- and is a favorite tradition in our own home.
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