If you have a school aged child, you’ll know the deal where the kids like to give out a Christmas card to everyone in their class. Goose, as always, wanted to join in the fun again this year. Remembering last years excitement over making handmade cards which was promptly followed by the reluctance (of the drawing blood from a stone kind), to actually writing ‘Merry Christmas love Goose’ 24 times, I thought I’d try something different this year…
A few years ago we lived in Alice Springs and at Christmas time that year the clown doctors at Alice Springs hospital (where my husband worked at the time) gave out bags of reindeer food with a simple message inside. Every year since a family tradition has developed and we have left food out for the reindeer.
Combining these concepts and a quick trip around the internet we had a Christmas card replacement idea ….
We mixed some quick oats with some glitter in a large bowl then put a few spoonfuls into each small plastic bag. We printed some red and white stripes* onto card, cut a rectangle shape, folded the card in half and stapled it onto the top of the bag. We then used some free printable reindeer tags from here printed onto sticker paper.
We printed the following poem** onto sticker paper and stuck it on the back:
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.
24 all done for school friends and a few extras for other friends. All happy and over in no time at all. Doing the activity outside also meant for quicker clean up!
This is something that even the 2 and 3 year old siblings could join in with as well. We even took the excess bits and pieces to playgroup this morning and had it as the craft activity. It worked really well.
Here’s hoping every parent in the class sees the fun and doesn’t hate me for sending home such potential mess makers! I did tell her she had to hand them out at the end of school……. fingers crossed…
Addition - I have just found these free printable bag toppers for reindeer food – gorgeous! Use these and it’s even easier! Addition no 2 - you can see the reindeer food that we made in the following years here, along with some other fun reindeer class gifts.