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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Reindeer Snacks

There's nothing like a quick and easy "special" snack that children can help prepare. They feel they have contributed by helping, and it's more fun to eat when you've helped make it yourself! This one fills the bill! The ingredients are simple and you won't have a big shopping list as you probably will have most of the items on hand.

What you need:
Graham crackers  (saltines or any square cracker would also work)
Smooth peanut butter
Chocolate chips
Red and/or brown M and M's (Smarties would work too)
Small twisted pretzels

Directions: Spread peanut butter smoothly on the cracker. Make a face with chocolate chip eyes and an M and M nose. Add two pretzels for the antlers and he's done and ready to eat!
We like to do lots of red noses, but I suppose you could do Dasher and Dancer and all the other reindeer with brown noses and just have one Rudolph red nose too... or you could do a whole herd of Christmas reindeer with red and green noses! Have fun!

And speaking of reindeer, have you ever made magic reindeer food to put out on Christmas eve? Mix up 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1/2 cup of white sugar. Add 1/4 cup red and green sugar crystals (used for cake decorating) or 1/4 cup red and green sprinkles. (You may find similar recipes online that suggest adding craft glitter but glitter could be harmful to birds and wildlife if ingested, so the sprinkles or sugar crystals are a safer bet.) Package up in small ziploc bags and add a label with this poem:

Magic Reindeer Food

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright!
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home! 

This is popular with the little ones... a quick and easy gift and a fun activity for excited little ones on Christmas Eve when they are anticipating Santa's arrival.


The light in a child's eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year.


Vee said...

Cute! And pretty nutritious, too.

kath001 said...

I've seen the glitter recipe, and always thought it sounded like a horrible idea. Inquisitive children might also try to eat it. Sugar crystals are SO much smarter than glitter!

I haven't seen these reindeer before, so CUTE! One of my granddaughters calls me Gram-cracker. :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute! My husband loves pretzels...he might eat all the antlers! heehee! Have FUN! Hugs, Diane

Kathy said...

Love this quick and easy, child participation treats. When kiddies participate - not always quick and easy...but FUN! Thanks Linda,Merry Christmas 🎄⛄🎅🏻!

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