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I've always loved reindeer!  And I've been lucky enough to see a few in my lifetime too - many thanks to the zoos who have had them on exhibit during a visit. 


I'm sure one of the reasons they are so intriguing to kids is that they're pretty scarce where most of us live, so I thought I'd pull together a round-up of reindeer fun -- facts, crafts and activities - that kids can enjoy as they explore these beautiful creatures.


Reindeer Activities for Kids

Many thanks to the Graphics Fairy for finding & sharing this vintage reindeer print


See a Reindeer

I know many kids have never had the opportunity to see a reindeer, but thanks to the internet {and all those great folks who take videos}, you can share these selections with your kids:


Live Reindeer Cam


Make sure to visit Santa's Official Reindeer Cam where you can see live reindeer & Santa feeding them twice each day!



The Reindeer of Lapland

Fun video that gives some interesting and kid-focused facts on reindeer.


Reindeer Reads

One of the best ways to learn about reindeer is through books!  Here are some fun fiction & nonfiction books that include reindeer.  We've also provided Amazon links so you can learn more about each selection -- and if you choose to purchase any of the featured items, thank you for supporting our blog.



Reindeer Christmas

Santa's Reindeer

If you're looking for an alternative to Rudolph (a classic for all kids), try these two very entertaining stories about reindeer!



Reindeer (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals)


Reindeer! Learn About Reindeer

All have great facts and pictures/illustrations about reindeer - learn about their antlers, bodies, fur, hooves and habitat!  A wonderful group of non-fiction books.


And older kids will enjoy Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission - which includes some pretty convincing facts and research about how reindeer fly!


Reindeer crafts for Kids

Crafting Some Fun

Make this cute & simple Clothespin Reindeer from Boy Mama, Teacher Mama

Happy Hooligans shared these fun Reindeer Ornaments made from toilet paper tubes!

If you're up for some painting, try these double Reindeer Handprints from Reading Confetti {love the addition of the jingle bell!}

Have fun creating this Reindeer Collage and learning about shapes from Housing a Forest.

Kids can craft this fun stand-up Reindeer from The Imagination Tree to decorate their room {I'm sure they'll share all their secrets with him}.

You can also make Reindeer Popsicle Stick ornaments from Two Big Two Little.



Reindeer Activities

Kids will LOVE learning to play Beetle (a reindeer drawing game) from the NutureStore!

Let the kids soak in a fun Rudolph Bath from Growing a Jeweled Rose during winter break {tons of good, clean fun}!

Enoy a fun day with play-doh and create "Rudolph the Play-Doh Reindeer" with Home Learning Journey.

Try prancing around to holiday tunes in this fun Reindeer Hat from Putti's World.


Reindeer gifts

Giving Gifts

As a wonderful gift option for grandparents, frame a photo of your child in this DIY Handprint Reindeer Frame from Glittering Muffins.

Here Come the Girls has a very creative Rudolph Candy Gift Box that's made from recycled items (great teacher gift!).

Another beautiful gift is this Keepsake Reindeer Footprint made by Momma's Fun World.

And top off your gifts with some handmade Reindeer fingerprint gift tags from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.



Printable Activities

Visit Royal Baloo for a great pack of printables for ages preschool - 1st grade {nothing like some fun math and writing practice over winter break!}.

3 Dinosaurs also has a great Reindeer Printable pack that can be used with the story 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer'.


Fun things to do for visiting reindeer

Getting Ready for Santa

Enjoy this adorable Night Before Christmas lunch from JDaniel4's Mom with Reindeer Nuggets!

And instead of setting out cookies, Santa would LOVE these Reindeer Cupcakes from RainyDay Mum!

Or you might enjoy making a Gingerbread Reindeer Cake Pop for holiday treats from Mummy Mummy Mum.

And don't forget to put out the Magic Reindeer Food {with free printable poem} from Love, Play, Learn!

Don't forget to put out the carrotts & listen for feet on the roof!

Happy Holidays!


Jackie Higgins Friday, 21 December 2012 · Edit Reply

Great post. I love the nonfiction selections on reindeer. I'm always looking for good nonfiction for the boys because they LOVE it! We also liked Jan Brett's The Wild Christmas Reindeer. She always does a nice job with animal illustrations.

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Jacquie is the founder & owner of Edventures with Kids, a site that shares unique kid’s activities, fun ways to learn and inspriation for family travel.  She is an educator, nature lover and mom to 2 great kids.  Jacquie enjoys exploring new places with her family and loves encouraging kids to be creative & curious!  Visit our About Us section for more information about Jacquie & Edventures with Kids!






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