Meet Our New Reindeer Friend

Introducing: Mr. Reindeer










He doesn’t have a proper name yet, so Mr. Reindeer will have to do. I got the inspiration for him over at another blog I visit frequently, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, where they made their very own Monster to go with the book There Was an Old Monster. When I saw her post, I immediately made sure to save my next empty tissue box.

I decided we were going to feed Mr. Reindeer carrot letters and lettuce numbers, so I went ahead and made them and printed them on card stock.














E really enjoyed “feeding” the reindeer each carrot and head of lettuce as we worked on her letter and number identification, naming and counting skills.



We also took turns picking a head of lettuce and then counting out that many carrots. There are SO MANY things you can target with this simple little game, and kids LOVE “feeding” things to “animals”.

How to make your own Reindeer:

You’ll need:

  • An empty tissue box
  • Another smaller box to go on top (I used a popcorn box)
  • Large red pom pom for nose
  • Brown felt or construction paper to cover the boxes and make the antlers
  • White and black felt or construction paper for eyes
  • Card stock or cardboard
  • Pipe cleaners (not needed if you use cardboard for the antlers)
  • Glue (I used both hot glue and tacky glue)
  • Scissors

How I made Mr. Reindeer:

  • I covered the boxes in felt using hot glue. You could also use construction paper, however I want to be able to save this and use it year after year with my children and students, so I used felt.
  • To create the ears, I basically used the same strategy I did when making the ears on my Owl Finger Puppets
  • I cut out eyes from felt, and hot glued the large red pom pom nose
  • I drew antlers on card stock, and glued them to the felt with tacky glue.  (You could use card board also) I then cut out the felt around the card stock. Since they were a little flimsy, I hot glued a pipe cleaner on the back of each one for support. I then hot glued the antlers to the back of the head.

What you can target with the “food”

  • Letter identification (receptive)
  • Letter naming (expressive)
  • Counting & 1:1 correspondence
  • Spelling (print out several copies of the carrots)

Activity Ideas

  • Have your child name each letter as he/she feeds them to the reindeer
  • Give your child 2-4 carrots and have him/her find a specific letter, and then feed to the reindeer
  • Turn the lettuce cards over and place in a pile. Take turns picking a card, and then feeding the reindeer the number of carrots on the lettuce.
  • Print out two copies of the carrots and/or lettuce on card stock and play memory!
  • Use the carrots to target spelling simple words
  • Laminate the carrots and write target vocabulary (or target articulation words, if you are an SLP) on the back with dry erase marker. (I added this in a few hours after I published this post…somehow this had gotten erased before it was published).


  • Print the carrots and lettuce on card stock rather than paper
  • If you want the cards to last, laminate them.

Download tour own set of carrots/lettuce HERE.

Make sure to stop by on Friday…I have another activity that can be paired with Mr. Reindeer!


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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Love Mr. Reindeer activity and your new Christmas header. We did the Snowman book yesterday and it was a huge hit. I hope to post that up on our blog soon. Thanks for all the fun ideas.

  2. This is the cutest IDEA!! I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! I am sending my speech pathologist over here too! Thanks for sharing some great resources!


  3. I love this!! I pinned it to use on one of Boogie’s trays later in the month.


  4. Brilliant! And super cute :)
    Visiting from It’s Playtime Linky!

  5. This is WAAAAAAAAAAAY cute!! What a fun, creative, learning activity that is sure to delight! I see a reindeer in our future too =-) Thanks for the free downloand – we’ll be using it! Thanks for linking up to TGIF!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next week!!!
    Beth =-)

  6. What cute numbers and letters activities! And thank you so much for sharing your tutorial and printable! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. (If you could add the Montessori Monday button or link back, that would be awesome!) I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids’ Christmas Activities Pinterest board at

    • Deb, thanks so much for featuring it your Facebook page and Pinning! And also…I’ll add the button right now, I’m so sorry I forgot! Thanks so much for the reminder! 😀

  7. That is just the cutest thing! I am going to go make one immediately. Thanks!

  8. What a fun idea! You could make it a mailbox too. This is so cool!

  9. What a fun idea, Katie! I would love it if you would share it at Sharing Saturday at Thank you!

  10. Your reindeer is so cute! I bet you had a lot of fun with that. I wonder if we can get an empty tissue box in time to make one

  11. Adorable!!!

  12. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS! What a great way to practice numbers and letters. I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  13. I just wanted to let you know I featured this at this week’s linky party – – So pop on over, grab your Featured Button & don’t forget to link up this week!! Thanks again for sharing your creativity with the rest of us!!
    Beth =-)

  14. Love your adorable Reindeer Friend! Thanks for sharing him with our readers. Please stop by and grab your “featured on” button! We’ve featured your friend 😉 on our site!

  15. Cute idea!

  16. These printables would work beautifully with a “bunny” leading up to Easter!! I think I will make it now! Thanks! :)

  17. LOVE!
    I would love to include this activity in my 2013 Christmas Activity Advent Countdown. I would include a pic and a link to your site for the directions. If you don’t want me to share this, please let me know.



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