I am always on the hunt for new ways to bring our favorite picture books to life. This Easy Christmas Snack for Kids is perfect to munch on while you read about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. With a variety of assembly options, even kids will allergies and food sensitivities can enjoy.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas classic! Rudolph is born with an unusually red nose that lights up. The other reindeer make fun of him and call him names. However, one stormy Christmas Eve, it’s Rudolph’s shiny nose that saves Christmas!
You can find picture book versions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that follow the traditional Christmas carol. There are also versions that follow the television classic featuring Hermy, Yukon Cornelius, and the Island of Misfit Toys. It might even be fun to read one of each to compare and contrast with your kids.
Whichever version you choose, your kids will love assembling their very own reindeer treats to munch on while you read. They’re so easy to make, and most kids will be able to make them all by themselves.
Ingredients for Making No-cook Reindeer Christmas Snacks
- crackers – Ritz crackers, graham crackers, or your child’s favorite
- spread – chocolate icing, cream cheese, peanut butter, or nut butter (for an allergy friendly version)
- eyes – mini chocolate chips, raisins, mini M&Ms
- nose – Red Hot candies, red M&Ms, red gumdrops
- antlers – mini pretzel twists
How to Make your Reindeer Snacks with Kids this Christmas
Have your child choose their cracker base. If you use graham crackers, I suggest breaking them into squares (not skinny rectangles).
Children will spread their icing or nut butter on the cracker. It may be easier for small hands to use the backside (rounded side) of a spoon to spread. Just be sure they spread gently so as not to crush their crackers or break the graham cracker square in two.
Now, the children will assemble their reindeer faces. Allow them to choose two items (candies, raisins, etc.) for the eyes, one item (red candy) for the nose, and two pretzel twists for the antlers.
Finally, they can sit back and munch on their reindeer Christmas snacks while you read a version (or two) of the story.
Essentials for your Christmas Cooking with Kids
Christmas is a great time to cook with your kids, some of my fondest memories were formed in the kitchen around this time of year. We’ve collated our favourite Cooking with Kids at Christmas Essentials and are sharing them with you below.
Christmas Cookies are essential and using our Kid Friendly Gingerbread Recipe plus these Christmas Cookie Cutters you’ll have the perfect set of Cookies to share with friends and family and of course to leave out on Christmas Eve for Santa to have as a snack when he delivers your presents.
Make Christmas Cooking a little extra special with a Kids Santa Apron that your kids can use to bake, cook and create memories whilst wearing in the kitchen. Or how about getting you and your child a matching set of Santa Aprons.
We love to create our own Gingerbread Houses and this kit has everything that you need to start out including the house parts pre-made for you. Or if you like the fun of baking the gingerbread yourself then this Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter Set has 10 pieces that you cut out and bake and then construct your own Gingerbread house with.
My kids will tell you that no Christmas baking is complete without the use of sprinkles! So we always stock up on a Christmas Sprinkle Selection every year to decorate everything from cookies to cakes and even use in the simple cupcake mixture to add a little festive cheer.
I am so glad that my parents did this for me growing up – favourite recipes that we cooked together, that I loved making and that I enjoyed eating that my parents made they wrote out the recipes onto a set of recipe cards added them to a recipe box and then gifted it to me when I let home. It’s a tradition that I have continued and one day I will gift the recipe boxes to my kids as well.
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