This bright and colorful kids charcuterie board is perfect for snacking. It's loaded with crisp veggies, healthy fresh fruit and some cute Disney touches to spark an interest in those picky eaters.
A kids charcuterie board is great for gatherings and parties. The best part is you can completely customize it and add your favorite foods. It has all the main food groups for your growing kiddos and there's even room to throw in a couple sweets.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS
- Perfect for parties and gatherings. Charcuterie boards will satisfy just about anyone. Also, they are pleasing to all palates and any age group.
- Customizable. Have fun and create a board that includes all of yours and your child's favorite foods and snacks.
- Easy to make. This board takes no time to make. Most of these items are already in your fridge or pantry.
- Family fun. Even your kiddos will have a blast creating this snack board. Make it a family affair and get everyone involved.
Here are some notes of ingredients. For a full list of ingredients, check out the recipe card below.
- Vegetables- Baby carrots, sugar snap peas and cucumbers are some popular choices and the perfect size for those little hands.
- Protein- This board has Mickey shaped PB&J and hidden Mickey salami roses.
- Healthy grains- Whole wheat sandwiches and fun cinnamon alphabet cookies are a good source of energy.
- Fruit- I like to use a variety of fresh berries for color. For some vitamin C, I added tiny butterfly mandarin oranges.
- Dairy- Cheese is loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially calcium. I used star shaped cookie cutters for my Colby Jack and turned some mini Babybel into ladybugs.
- Sweet and Savory Dips- Kids will be more inclined to eat their veggies if they can dip them into something flavorful. Nutella and ranch are great options.
- Desserts- I added Easter M&M's into some Chex Mix for a little sweet treat.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Here is how to create and assemble this kid-friendly charcuterie board.
STEP 1. First, grab a board or platter. Any board will work. Cutting boards and serving trays are great options. It doesn't need to be fancy or expensive. Just make sure it has a flat surface.
STEP 2. Start with your dips and spreads. I use small ramekins and small ceramic bowls. Space them out and place them in different corners of the board.
STEP 3. Place larger items down first. I add the PB&J and Mickey roses first and begin to fill in the spaces with the other items afterwards.
STEP 4. Arrange the fruit. Because berries and fruit are so good with Nutella, I place them next to this bowl. Also, it helps the kiddos know that these two items go together.
STEP 5. Add the vegetables. I love the flared look of all the vegetables and adding them to the outer edge of the board really makes a great presentation.
STEP 6. Fill in any gaps. Once the majority of the ingredients have been added to the board, I begin to fill in the empty space with the remaining ingredients. Make sure not to add the cookies until you are ready to serve so they remain crunchy.
STEP 7. Decorate. To give this board it's spring look, I decorate mini Babybel cheese as ladybugs with black olives and cut mandarin oranges into tiny little butterflies.
Make it colorful. We all know that we eat with our eyes first. By adding an array of colorful fruits and vegetables to your board, it will definitely draw your kids attention.
Empty out your pantry and refrigerator. Making a charcuterie board does not have to be expensive. First, look and see what you have on hand or can use up.
Use dips, spreads and jams. This helps elevate all those delicious fruits and veggies on the board. It's also a great way to expose your kids to new flavors.
Add some texture. Crackers, breadsticks and nuts are great options.
Cutting boards, pizza boards, serving trays or ceramic platters are all great choices.
Cured meats such as salami and pepperoni are very kid friendly. A variety of cheeses, fresh or dried fruit, vegetables, crackers and nuts are delicious as well.
Charcuterie boards are great make ahead appetizers. You can make them up to 24 hours in advance. But wait to add anything that will lose its texture inside the refrigerator, such as crackers, nuts and cookies.
This kids charcuterie board should be kept inside the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
If the board hasn't been sitting out longer than two hours, leftover meats, cheeses, veggies and fruit can be wrapped up and refrigerated for eating at a later time.
However, if the board has been sitting out for two hours or longer, it's best to discard the items.
OTHER CHARCUTERIE BOARDS TO TRY
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Spring Kids Charcuterie Board
- Colby Jack cheese slices
- Mini Babybel
- Cheddar cheese slices
- Sugar snap peas
- Baby carrots
- English cucumber
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mandarin oranges
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
- Whole wheat bread sliced
- Peanut butter
- Strawberry Jam
- Chex Mix
- Plain Easter M&M's
- Trader Joe's cinnamon alphabet cookies
- Black olives for Babybel ladybugs