My preschool kiddos and I had fun making reindeer Christmas snacks for kids!
Bonus – we worked on a lot of early literacy skills during the process. Definitely one of our favorite cooking-themed Christmas activities for preschoolers.
Related: Snowman Snack Ideas
Graham Cracker Reindeer Christmas Snacks for Kids
We didn’t need too many things for these graham cracker reindeer. If you don’t have everything on this list, you can always change it up a bit.
I didn’t have any peanut or nut allergies the years we made this snack. If you do, be sure to grab the necessary alternatives. Touching base with those children’s parents can help.
Ingredients we used
Peanut butter (Sun Butter or cream cheese are peanut-free alternatives)
M&Ms (raisins or skittles are peanut-free alternatives)
Related: Candy Cane Shaving Cream Slime
Reindeer Snack Directions
First, have the children spread the peanut butter (or peanut butter alternative) on a graham cracker square. I gave children spoons and showed them how to use the rounded edge to spread the peanut butter. Butter knives would work well, too. I just used the spoons because they were readily available.
A few children didn’t like peanut butter, so they just skipped this step. As I mentioned above, use a peanut butter alternative if you have nut/peanut allergies.
Next, let the children get two mini pretzels to add as the reindeer’s antlers.
Have the children add two raisins for the reindeer’s eyes.
Let the children choose an M&M for the reindeer’s nose.
Finally, let the children enjoy their Christmas snacks! Be prepared to make more reindeer treats!
Related: My Christmas Five Senses Book
Add Literacy to Your Reindeer Christmas Snacks for Kids
Before we had our snack, I wrote out the directions for the children.
I read it to them ahead of time, and we referred to it a few times while making our “reindeer.”
I plan on printing out some pictures of the kids making their snacks, then I’ll add the pictures to our “recipe” and post everything in the classroom!
It will make for some great shared reading later on this month.
More Reindeer Christmas snacks for kids
Here are more reindeer snacks preschoolers can help make around the holidays (or anytime, really):
- L’il Luna uses pretzels and chocolates to create her Reindeer Treats
- Muffin Tin Mom makes an open-faced Rudolph sandwich
- A Healthy Slice of Life’s Cheesy Reindeer have, you guessed it, cheese as the main ingredient
More Reindeer Activities for Kids
Swat the Letter: Reindeer Preschool Literacy Activity from Learning 2 Walk
Alphabet Activities: Reindeer Roll from Growing Book by Book
Reindeer Preschool Activities with Play Dough and Songs from Life Over C’s
Reindeer Noses Playdough Math Mats for Preschool: 1-to-1 Correspondence from the Preschool Toolbox Blog
Palm Print Reindeer Craft and Poem from Capri +3
Racing Reindeer Number Line Activity from Mom Inspired Life
Reindeer Christmas Dot Marker Activity from Still Playing School
Reindeer Math Games for Preschool Learning from The Educators’ Spin On It
Christmas Resources for Preschool Teachers
Save time planning (and, really, you can use all the time you have around the holidays!) with already done-for-you resources from Preschool Teacher 101. There are lesson plans, math and STEM activities, and literacy resources just for you! Be sure to check out the membership options for even more savings. You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers.
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