Reindeer Theme for Kids

Reindeer Theme for Kids

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SNACKS…Updated Decemer 2012


4 ounces chocolate vanilla or butterscotch-flavored almond bark–chopped
12 large pretzel twists
12 pretzel rods
24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
12 red candy-coated chocolate candies
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot
Cherry or other flavor chewy fruit snack rolls
12 miniature green M & M’s

1. Place candy coating (Almond Bark) in 1-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.

2. Dip pretzel twists into melted candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.

3. If necessary, re-warm coating. Dip top 2 inches of pretzel rod into melted candy coating; attach pretzel rod to bottom of pretzel twist. Place on waxed paper.

4. To make reindeer…

  • Press on chocolate chips for eyes and red M & M for nose– using melted candy coating.
  • Cut scarf from fruit roll; attach to reindeer using candy coating.
  • Press on green M & M for button using candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.
  • Store coated pretzel rods loosely covered at room temperature no longer than 2 weeks. Really cute!


Ingredients: Nutter Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter, Raisins, Small Pretzel Twists, Red M & M Candies

1. Place a small amount of peanut butter on the top of a Nutter Butter cookie.
2. Put a small pretzel twist on the peanut butter, letting it stick beyond the cookie for antlers.
3. Put two more dots of peanut butter and add raisins for eyes.
4. Finally put a dot of peanut butter on the bottom part of the cookie and add a red M&M for a nose.


24 large pretzel twists,
24 miniature marshmallows or M&M’s for eyes
24 red cinnamon candies or cherries for nose
Optional: 24 small red gumdrops for mouth
Make 24 cupcakes (or double or triple batch as box directs)
Can also purchase plain frosted cupcakes.

1. Frost cupcakes with frosting. (Chocolate would most likely resemble deer)
2. For each cupcake, cut pretzel twist in half; arrange it on cupcake for reindeer antlers.
3. Cut miniature marshmallow in half; arrange on cupcake for eyes. 4. Center a gumdrop below marshmallow halves for nose.
5. Optional: Place red cinnamon candy below gumdrop for mouth. Store loosely covered.

Also check out these other decorating ideas…Reindeer with straight ‘pretzel antlers’ courtesy of ziggityzoom  and reindeer with ‘candy cane antlers’ from carpercupcakes

Peanut butter
4 mini pretzels
4 raisins or m&m’s
2 mini marshmallows
Maraschino cherries or red-hot cinnamon candies
Plates and knife

1. Cut bread in half from corner to corner, making two equal triangles.
2. Spread peanut butter over bread.
3. Decorate as follows:

Place it in front of you, with the point facing you and the long side of triangle facing away from you. Place one mini pretzel on each upper corner for the antlers; two raisins in the center of each slice (the eyes) and one mini marshmallow for the nose…if you are making Rudolf, use a maraschino cherry or cinnamon candy — on the tip of each short point nearest you for the nose). You now have two reindeer faces…

Just put  variety of bread slices, cheese, meat or peanut butter. Add and a good selection of veggies and fruit…Raisins, carrot strips, celery, olives, slices of red pepper,etc. This sample idea  from hamptonroads


12 cups Crispix cereal
1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar

1. In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently. (Or melt in micro wave)
2. Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well.
3. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.

  • Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don’t stick together.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • Makes about 12 1-cup servings.
  • It goes very quickly once kids get over the appearance – it looks rather like dry pet food! Adapted from

REINDEER CHOW FOR KIDS (Traditional ‘Puppy Chow’ or ‘Muddy Buddies’ also make a great Reindeer Chow. Check out the Snack Mix Category for those recipes!)

9 cups of Rice Chex
1/2 package Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar

1. Put Hershey’s chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth.
2. While the chips are melting, gently put the Rice Chex into a separate bowl.
3. Gently pour the melted chocolate over the Rice Chex. Gently stir the chocolate and Rice Chex together until all the Rice Chex are covered.

4. Put 1/4 of the mixture into a zip lock bag with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and shake gently until Rice Chex are covered with sugar. Pour into a storing dish.

5. Cover the remainder of the Rice Chex with powdered sugar in the same manner.


2 cups Bugles
2 cups square-shaped cheese flavored crackers
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 cup Corn Chex cereal
1 cup bite-size shredded wheat
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl,combine the butter, syrup, Worcestershire sauce, Cajun seasoning and cayenne; pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat.
2.Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Recipe calls for handfuls-which would be the handful size of a child–be sure to give children plastic gloves if this is the method you will use–or measure what an actual child’s handful is and use that amount in a measuring cup. (This activity is for a child care center-but it can be made at home minus the note.)



1 handful Frosted Shredded Wheat (It’s hay frosted with the snow of the North Pole)
1 handful pretzel sticks (Tender twigs)
1 handful of raisins (Dried berries)
1 handful of red candy such as M&M’s)(Fresh berries)
The original recipe call for 1 baby carrot (It’s up to you. I don’t know if I’d want to mix it in the baggies with the above…)  Be sure to have extra ingrdients for kids to munch on while making!

Place ingredients in a zip lock baggie. Shake up and enclose a note that says… Even Santa’s Reindeer need a snack now and then, especially on Christmas Eve, please leave me out with the cookies and milk for Santa!

1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal — not instant
1/2 cup chopped nuts — optional

1. In a large saucepan, mix butter, sugar, milk and cocoa together.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
4. Drop by the teaspoon-full onto wax paper and allow to harden.
5. They will set up in approximately 30-60 minutes.
6. This will keep for several days without refrigerating, up to 2 weeks refrigerated and 2-3 months frozen. Make 72…

You can enjoy with the kids… or  give out for gifts!  Put some in a zip-lock baggie and attach one of the below “Reindeer Poop” poems.

MARSHMALLOW REINDEER…A snack and craft in one!
Large Marshmallows and white frosting to help hold on eyes and nose
Stick Pretzels
Red Licorice strings (optional)
Chocolate chips, gummy candies, or mini M&M’s for eyes/nose (Sample made with mini chocolate chips and M&Ms’)

1. Assemble Reindeer bodies by sliding a pretzel stick through two marshmallows, one from either end.
2. Use 4 whole pretzel sticks for legs and a half of a pretzel stick for each antler.
3. Attach head with half of a pretzel stick– Tie a piece of red licorice around neck for decoration. 4. Add eyes and nose. (Sample and Image by

NOTE: These should be eaten rather quickly. As our two 12 year old  ‘crafty cooks’ learned– the reindeer have a mind of their own and want to sit or lean after a bit…



3 popsicle sticks
2 google eyes
1 red pom pom
1. Glue 2 popsicle sticks together and make a ‘V’ shape.
2. About 1/3 or the way from the top, glue the third popsicle stick horizontally across the others.
3. Glue on googly eyes under the cross stick.
4. Glue the red pom pom at the bottom of the V-shape. (Photo from Reindeer Crafts)

Materials for one pin:
3 puzzle pieces(2 small & 1 medium size)
Brown paint
2 google eyes
Red and green felt
Red pom-pom (optional)
Craft pin
Glue gun,
One small bell

1. Paint the puzzle pieces brown and let dry.
2. Take  small puzzle pieces and glue them in the top two corners of the larger puzzle piece.
3. Glue on eyes.
4. Cut out a small red circle or take a red pom-pom and glue on for the nose.
5. In the corner of one of the reindeer’s antler, make a small holly leaf from red and green felt.
6. On the back side of the medium size puzzle piece, attach the craft pin.


For each small baby food jar, you’ll need:
1/4 cup dry oatmeal
1/8 cup granulated sugar, 1-2 tablespoons colored sugar
(Traditional recipes call for glitter, but unless you purchase the pricey edible glitter from specialty shops, it WON’T BE SAFE FOR BIRDS AND SQUIRELLS. Substituting colored sugar will still give a sparkly appearance, without being harmful to the actual animals who will end up eating it.

Layer half of the oatmeal, followed by half of the colored sugar, the white granulated sugar, the rest of the colored sugar, and topped with the rest of the oatmeal.

IN A BAGGIE… Alternatively, combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and scoop into zippered plastic bags….


Put some sugar into a bag and add a drop of food coloring. Close the bag and, with your hand on the outside of the bag, mix the color in. You may need to add slightly more food coloring or sugar until you get the right color and texture (you don’t want the sugar to be at all damp). Tip the sugar on to a paper plate to dry. To use the sugar, tip it back into a clean bag, seal and break up any lumps which have formed.

(With the sugar instead of the glitter-It’s OK for the kids to munch on.)

Attach this poem if it is a gift!

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.

Direct the children to sprinkle it on Christmas Eve on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer. It gives them something to munch on while Santa delivers his goodies.

RUDOLF MASK (For younger kids)


Paper plates, brown, black and red construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons, single whole punch, rubber bands or tongue depressor stick

Preparation: For young children, pre-cut antlers and reindeer nose.

1. Cut reindeer nose, and antlers out of construction paper.
2. Paste onto plate. Draw mouth. Cut holes out for eyes.
3. Punch hole on both sides of plate and attach rubber bands–or tape to a popsicle to hold in front of face.
4. Have children wear reindeer masks while singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Photo from Activity Village


2  pipe cleaners to match your ‘reindeer’, candy cane, two 6 mm google eyes, 1/4″ pom pom, glue, scissors

This has been around awhile–but great fun for first-timers!

1. Cut one long pipe cleaner in fourths.
2. Twist the other long pipe cleaner around the top of the cane to make 2 large antlers.
3. Wrap 2 pieces of the cut pipe cleaner pieces –around each antler to make the “branches” on the antler.
4. Glue the eyes to each side of the cane “hook and glue the pom pom at the end of the cane for the nose. You have a reindeer! (Image by

NOTE: Oops!  I didn’t look at the ‘antler’ directions when this was made. This sample shows one half of a pipe-cleaner twisted and then bent a bit…Depending on your age group–do which ever is easier

REINDEER ‘TREE BULB’ ORNAMENT…This ‘little guy’ has been around about 11 years and still makes it to the tree each year! You can use the photo  as a guide to follow.
Glue on wiggle eyes and a pom-pom nose.
Cut a piece thin ribbon and tie it into a loop for hanging. Glue the loop to light bulb.
Form antlers out of a chenille/pipe cleaner stem–twist it around the top of the bulb or glue it to the light bulb. (Made by D. Biggs–image by

TIP: Be sure to save any Christmas left-over candy canes to make Valentine Hearts in February!


REINDEER POOP…These have been around awhile and you either like them or you don’t! But here they areFor “Reindeer Poop” put Raisenettes or Milk Duds in small cello or bagagies; attach one of the following poems. 


I woke up with such scare when I heard Santa call…
“Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
I ran to the lawn and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left “little gifts.”

I got an old shovel and started to scoop,
neat little piles of reindeer poop!
But to throw them away seemed such a waste,
so I saved them, thinking-you might like a taste!

As I finished my task, which took quite awhile,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he sped off in the sky…
“Well they’re not potty trained, but at least they can fly!”

#2 REINDEER POOP (or Droppings)

Santa’s been here. How do I know?
Look what I found outside in the snow!


Fill a small baggie with round chocolate ‘Milk Chocolate Malt Balls’ candy. (Whoppers is one company in the States that makes them) Add one red ball of the same size.  Of course the red ‘nose’ is Rudolf’s! A red gum-ball,  red Sour balls, or giant red spice drop candy works well for the red nose…There are also candy companies that make white, pink and red malt balls for Valentine’s Day.

Add a tag tied to the baggie saying, “Reindeer Noses for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph”.

A good idea when packing small ‘goodies’ such as this–is to size card-stock to the width of a clear bag. After writing the title or title/poem/directions on the bottom half of the card…fold the paper in half and attach it to the top–one side on each side to the bag. Embellish the card with ribbon if desired.



Small paper lunch bag
Markers or crayons
Red paint or Red sticker circles

1. Have children cut 2 antler holes and one nose hole in their bags. (Antler holes are at the bag top—and the nose hole should be in the middle of the bag where a nose would go)

2 Show the children how to put their fingers in the holes to make the antlers (first two fingers for one hole–and last two fingers for next hole—thumb is used for the nose hole

3. Optional:Each child can dip their thumb in red paint or stick on a red sticker to make the nose.
Young kids can then sing “Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer” (Lyrics also below) using this as a prop!


  • Materials: Dark Brown construction paper
  • Light Brown construction paper
  • Large googly eyes
  • Small red pompoms

Trace Child’s shoe on dark construction paper and cut out to make head. Trace child’s hands on light construction paper and cut out to make antlers. Glue antlers, eyes, and pompom (nose) to head


1 dog biscuit (Or a dog biscuit shape)
2 wiggly eyes
Set of ears (Make templates for ears and holly-shaped antlers as shown in picture)
Set of holly antlers
Pom pom for the nose (Sparkly nice)
yarn or ribbon for the hanger
Glue all parts on as shown in  sample…Kids now have a reindeer ornament for your tree!



The common names given for Santa’s reindeer in modern culture are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

Eight of these names are taken more or less directly from Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and the ninth from the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the TV special based upon it

  • Play RUDOLF SAYS…instead of Simon Says…***


As written above, the common names given for Santa’s reindeer in modern culture are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph.Eight of these names are taken more or less directly from Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” Rudolf was not part of the original reindeer but came later from the song – Rudolf the red nose reindeer…


Players stand side by side on a line called the NORTH POLE.
The children can select the name of a reindeer for themselves.
One person is Santa.

Santa stands in the middle of the play area facing the reindeer.
Santa calls the name of a reindeer (example -“Dasher”).
All reindeer by that name gallop to the other end of the play area .
Santa tries to tag them.
All players tagged stay in the middle to help Santa. If there is a large amount of chileren, Santa can have one of two of his/her elves assist.



You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen.,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You could even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You’ll go down in history.”

THE REINDEER POKEY – to tune of ‘Hokey-Pokey’

You put your reindeer hoof in,
You take your reindeer hoof out.
You put your reindeer hoof in,
And you turn yourself about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

Next verses:
You put your reindeer tail in…
You put your reindeer nose in…
You put your reindeer body in..etc…

You can make up own verses…


What do reindeer say before telling you a joke?
This one will sleigh you!

Why do reindeer wear fur coats?
Because they would look silly in plastic macs!

How do you make a slow reindeer fast?
Don’t feed it!

Why did the reindeer wear black boots?
Because his brown ones were all muddy!

How long should a reindeer’s legs be?
Just long enough to reach the ground!

Why did the reindeer wear sunglasses at the beach?
Because he didn’t want to be recognized!

Which reindeer have the shortest legs?
The smallest ones!

Where do you find reindeer?
 depends on where you leave them!

I can lift a reindeer with one hand.
I bet you can’t.
Well you find me a reindeer with one hand and I’ll lift it!

How many legs does a reindeer have?
Six. Forelegs at the front and two at the back!

What’s the difference between a cookie and a reindeer?
You can’t dunk a reindeer in your tea!

When should you feed reindeer milk to a baby?
When it’s a baby reindeer!

If a reindeer lost his tail, where would it go for a new one?
A retail shop!

Why do reindeer scratch themselves?
Because they’re the only ones who know where they itch!

Make sure you check out our charades ideas page as well. With all the family together it can be fun to play games as well.



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