One of Monkey’s advent activities this year was to make reindeer food, so when the lovely people over at Springboard Supplies sent us some Reindeer Baskets I knew exactly what we were going to do with them. If you have not come across Springboard Supplies before they are a family run business who specialise in supplying educational resources to schools and other organisations. Their craft kits come in packs of 30 specifically designed for the classroom and to run along side the curriculum.
The reindeer basket kits contains pre-cut thick card which forms the basis of the basket, some very glittery Rudolf noses in various sizes and an instruction leaflet. Their instructions are very clear which is just as well when you have an excited three year old jumping up and down wanting it to be finished. In addition you will need some felt pens for decoration and glue or tape to secure the basket together and add the handle.
Monkey stuck the nose on first:
Before using felt tips to decorate the antlers and add a face:
The baskets are intended for children aged four and over, so Monkey needed help assembling it. We used double sided tape in this instance, the baskets have tabs which makes them easy to put together. Once we had finished the basket we went on to make the reindeer food. As Monkey will be sprinkling it outside on Christmas Eve I wanted to make food which which is in effect edible for the local wildlife.
In a small bowl Monkey combined some oats with some sugar snowflake decorations and the ‘magic’ edible glitter.
Before giving it a good stir, I popped it into a ziplock bag before placing it in the basket. Which is now sitting on our mantle piece waiting for Christmas Eve. Making reindeer food in this way would make a great class project and a brilliant take home. The reindeer baskets retail at £9.95.
What will you be leaving out for Father Christmas and Rudolf this year?