Eco-Friendly & Natural Magical Reindeer Food

I love fun holiday traditions with the kids during the holidays.  When they were in preschool, we started making Magical Reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve. This is a fun activity you can do with children!

Magical Reindeer Food is to be sprinkled outside your home to help attract Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve!

When my kids first made this at school, the mix contained plastic-based glitter.  Since this is meant to be sprinkled outside, I omitted the glitter since it is not biodegradable, and because wildlife might ingest glitter.

Here’s how to make your own magical reindeer food that is natural and eco-friendly — safe for the planet and for the animals!

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Look for a variety of safe, edible food elements, such as:

~ Oats
~ Birdseed
~ Nuts or dried fruit (pumpkin seedsdried cranberries)
~ Any other biodegradable ingredients that are safe for wildlife


Use an eco-friendly container

To go completely eco-friendly, ditch the plastic sandwich bags and go with an eco-friendly container.

You can use a small glass jar, reusable plastic container, or small paper bag.

You could upcycle containers as well, such as yogurt containers, or small milk containers.  The kids could even decorate these.


Mix the ingredients.

Place in an eco-friendly bag or jar.

I often see Magical Reindeer Food in plastic bags, and this is a great opportunity to go with something other than a single-use plastic.


You can choose ingredients that are red and green if you are looking to add an extra festive touch (such as pepitas and dried cranberries).


Sprinkle the mix outside on Christmas Eve!

8 thoughts on “Eco-Friendly & Natural Magical Reindeer Food”

  1. The mix of oats, birdseed, and dried fruit is not only festive but also kind to the environment. I’m excited to create this magical treat with my little ones!

  2. It’s been a long time since I’ve made reindeer food. If you want the sparkle without using glitter, you could use the festive red and green sugar crystals. They won’t harm wildlife. Only downside, the ants might like it.

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