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Kids Charcuterie Board Ideas

Created October 8, 2020
Your kids have probably seen you crafting gorgeous charcuterie boards before hosting friends or as you wind down for the night. They may have even lent a hand by arranging (and sampling) some cheese cubes for you. Now it’s time to let them in on the fun with these charcuterie board ideas for kids.

Show them what all the hype is about with these ultra-customizable food platters that boast fantastic colors and textures. These kids' charcuterie boards are perfect for weekend activities around the house like movie nights, game day, picnics in the backyard and more. This is a unique way to expose them to new flavor combinations in a fun and hands-on way.

Types of Charcuterie Boards for Kids

Gameday Boards

You know better than anyone that half of the fun of game day celebrations is the delicious food spread. Help your kids root for the home team with a tray of sports-themed goodies like peanuts, sliced hot dogs, fruit, and candy the next time you’re looking for game day food ideas.

Afternoon Snack Time

Instead of reaching for a sugary treat in the middle of the day, try an arrangement of some options on the healthier side for an afternoon energy boost. Offer up a mix of sweet, savory, crunchy, and soft textures like nuts and dried cranberries. And don't forget vegetables are great for for midday snacking.

Totally Sweet Boards

These platters are great for weekend activities where the options are usually on the sweeter side, like movie nights and game nights. Recreate the magic of a movie theater environment with their favorite types of sweet and sour candies and buttery movie theater popcorn.

Holiday-themed Boards

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to fun seasonal flavors. Arrange your snack boards in creative designs that fit the occasion, like a friendly Thanksgiving turkey featuring tail feathers made of sliced cheeses or a Christmas tree with layers of cheese cubes, grapes, and nuts with a pine needle garnish for a realistic look.

Food Items for Kids' Charcuterie Boards

For added inspiration, we've listed some essential components that bring in a variety of textures and flavors for delicious charcuterie boards for kids:

Cheeses

  • Mild cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Colby Jack
  • Pepper Jack
  • String cheese

Fruit

  • Apple slices
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Bananas or banana chips
  • Halved grapes
  • Oranges or tangerines
  • Dried fruit

Vegetables

  • Baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Pickles

Sweet Treats

  • Jelly beans
  • Chocolate Gummy bears
  • Fruit snacks
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels or raisins
  • Sprinkles

Snacks

  • Crackers (Graham, animal, saltine, butter)
  • Pretzel rods
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn
  • Granola bars
  • Cookies Wafers

Meats

  • Genoa Salami
  • Summer sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Sliced hotdogs
  • Cocktail wieners

Dips and Sauces

  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Smooth caramel
  • Hot fudge or chocolate
  • Jams
  • Honey mustard
  • Ranch
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Cake frosting