I love having fun traditions to do with my kids during the holidays.  When they were younger, we would make Magical Reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve. This is a fun activity you can do with children, with the goal of attracting Santa’s reindeer, as they won’t miss the Magical Reindeer Food when sprinkled outside your home!

When my kids first made this at preschool, it contained plastic-based glitter, but we changed our recipe to be more eco-friendly.  Glitter is a microplastic and not biodegradable, so it is not good for the environment or animals.

Here’s how to make your own eco-friendly magical reindeer food!

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Look for a variety of safe, edible items, such as:

Nuts or dried fruit (pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries)
Any other biodegradable ingredients that are safe for wildlife 

Use an eco-friendly container

To go completely eco-friendly, ditch the plastic bags and go with an eco-friendly container.  You can use a small glass jar, reusable plastic container, or small paper bag.


Mix the ingredients and place in an eco-friendly bag or jar.  You can also decorate a container as part of the project. 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!