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Updated 2022: Looking for a wholesome after school snack? This kid’s board is fun, colorful, and interactive. It has fresh fruit and vegetables, adorable Babybel cheeses, and more. If your kids don’t love these particular foods, make it your own—or better yet let them help you build it.

For other fun and healthy ideas, check out my other kid-focused boards for inspiration: St. Patrick’s Day Snack Board, Thanksgiving Snack Board, Rainbow Board, and Muffin Tin Halloween Board. For sweeter treats, kids love my Beach Themed Candy Board, Movie Night Board, and Once Upon a Time in Candy Land Board. In fact, you can always go to my Kids Boards Category page for ideas for the kiddos.

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How to Build the Best Back to School Board

Produce:

  • Load up on colorful fruits. As always, you know your kiddos best… Because grapes and blueberries can be choking hazards for younger kids, cut them in half if need be. See more notes on this in the next section.

Cheese:

  • Include a couple sources of protein like cheese to hold your kiddos over until their next meal. Here I used white cheddar and colby jack. See labeled photo below.
  • Make it more appealing by cutting them into shapes, I used these small flower and heart cookie cutters. In fact, cookie cutters are my favorite way to have fun with cheese. Check out this brie-cut out tutorial on my 4th of July Post, which could be applied to any holiday.

Carbs:

  • Add in kiddo classics like goldfish and granola bars. I love these kids bars from This Bar.

Novely Items:

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How to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

It’s proven that if kids have the option to eat a variety of foods, they probably will (most of the time). One tactic that experts believe works is to let your kids make their own plate. Having the choice of how much, or which piece, might empower them to feel a little more like eating what they’ve chosen.

Of course don’t force it and seek out expert advice as needed (I recommend Feeding Littles). Building fun boards is just one such way you can help introduce colorful, healthy foods.

Please note, I made this board with a few of my favorite kiddos in mind. But you know your kids best. As noted above, be aware of choking hazards like grapes (in fact, here’s a great resource by Feeding Littles that can help you navigate). Tree nuts and dairy products are high allergy foods and should be left off the board completely if there’s any chance you may serve this to someone with an allergy.

Most of all, make it your own! Have fun and get creative.

Interactive Learning You Can Eat Too

With so many elements on this board, don’t let a learning opportunity pass you by. There are lots of ways to keep your kids engaged while sharing this snack.

  • The young ones can help sort colors and shapes. They can count how many different green items are on the board. Or if you get alphabet cookies, have fun sounding out letters and short words. Let them make up a few words of their own!
  • Elementary age kids can count, add, subtract, and work with simple fractions on the board. Measuring cups are great for kids starting to learn fractions. Use them so they can see how much a half cup of blueberries is versus a whole cup of blueberries. If they are more advanced you can talk about volume and spatial measurements of items on the board.
  • Older kids might be more interested in the properties of certain foods. How is cheese made? What’s the difference between a peanut and an almond? How far did these grapes travel to get to my local store?
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Fun Food Facts to Share

To get your kids in conversation, here are some other fun food facts…

  • Avocados help your body absorb the nutrients you get in other produce, so eat them alongside your favorite fruits and veggies
  • Bell peppers are technically fruits and they have loads of vitamins and minerals that help with eyesight (more than carrots!)
  • Blueberries are really great for your brain, they have been proven to improve short-term memory
  • Grapes are a great source of vitamins K and antioxidants which both help your body heal (like when you get cuts or bruises)
  • Figs are just as rich in calcium as milk, and calcium is great to build strong bones
  • Cheese has saturated fats that can actually help reduce the risk of diabetes by supporting adequate insulin levels—make sure to fill up on some cheese and just fruit and cookies!
  • Apples are great for a healthy gut, they have contain a high amount of pectin which is a type of fiber that helps feed the good bacteria in your belly
  • Clementines are packed with vitamin C, which is great for your skin and complexion
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Show Me Your Boards

Hope this inspired a fun food experience with your kiddos. Nothing makes me happier than seeing you create beautiful boards from my tips. If you make a spread inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg and use #AintTooProudToCheeseso I can see and share!

And, If you liked this board recipe, please rate & review… and let me know which items your littles ones liked the best.

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Back to School Charcuterie for Kids

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This back to school snack board for kids is a fun and healthy treat for kids, complete with babybel cheese & crackers.

Ingredients

Cheese

  • Babybel Cheese
  • Mozzarella sliced
  • Colby Jack Cheese sliced

Carbs

  • Alphabet Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Rice Krispies Treats
  • Granola Bars
  • Veggie Sticks
  • Goldfish Crackers

Produce

  • Green Grapes halved
  • Red Grapes halved
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Green Apples sliced
  • Cuties peeled and divided into sections

Instructions

  • Like always, I like to start with my small bowls to anchor the board, so place the bowls of grapes and goldfish evenly throughout the board.

  • Next, fan the cookies and crackers out around the bowls.

  • Use a cookie cutter to cut the cheese slices into shapes (I chose hearts and flowers) and add the cheese to the center of the board.

  • Use the berries and sliced fruits to fill in any holes being sure to break up similar colors, then add the veggie sticks, Rice Krispies Treats, and seaweed snacks around the edge of the board (be sure to keep the seaweed snacks and any other dry items away from the fresh produce so the moisture doesn’t soften anything it shouldn’t).

  • Finish off with Babybel cheeses and enjoy!

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  1. Clara Tiedemann wrote:

    Love the inclusion of the kids boards! These are my kids favorite! ????

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    Center the Mini Babybel Original cheese on a plate. Break a few pretzel twists, sticking four of the longer sides into each side of the cheese to make legs. Place two raisins in the center of the cheese for the eyes. Next, give the spider a smile with a sliver of red bell pepper. Place cucumber shavings at the bottom of the plate for grass. For another piece of arachno-flare, add a length of chive to the top of the spider as the silk string (optional).

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FAQs

What goes well together on a charcuterie board? ›

The most important elements of a charcuterie board are meats, cheeses, savory accompaniments, sweet accompaniments, and crackers. Cheeses: choose a variety of hard and soft cheese, and cheese made from different animals (cow, sheep, goat).

What snacks kids love to eat? ›

24 Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids
  • Yogurt. Yogurt is one of the best snacks to provide for any child. ...
  • Nuts. There are lots of nuts to choose from when it comes to choosing healthy snacks for your children. ...
  • Cottage Cheese. ...
  • Oatmeal. ...
  • Fruit Smoothie. ...
  • Popcorn. ...
  • Guacamole. ...
  • Frozen Fruit Popsicles.
13 Dec 2020

What appetizer is best served in children's party? ›

17 Best Appetizers for Kids
  1. Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites. ...
  2. Baked Potato Chips. ...
  3. Individual Taco Dip Cups. ...
  4. 5 Fruit Bug Snacks. ...
  5. Quick and Easy Nachos. ...
  6. Game Day Veggie Dip Cups. ...
  7. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs. ...
  8. Crunchy Taco Cups.
16 Sept 2021

What goes on a charcuterie board first? ›

Building a Charcuterie Board: Where Do I Start?
  • Step One: Add Structure. Fill small vessels with dips, spreads, and items that can be piled onto the board. ...
  • Step Two: Add the Cheeses and Meats. First, place the cheeses. ...
  • Step Three: Add Crackers. ...
  • Step Four: Add Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs.

How do you make an aesthetically pleasing charcuterie board? ›

Garnish & Decorate

Slice or dice your cheese. Lay the crackers and bread slightly on its' side so you can fit more on the board. Use small side dishes to elevate some foods and keep the board neater. Then, use fruit, nuts, and chocolate to fill in the extra spaces.

What appetizer goes with charcuterie board? ›

What to Serve with Charcuterie Board? 7 BEST Side Dishes
  • 1 – Roasted Vegetable Platter.
  • 2 – Crusty Semolina Bread.
  • 3 – Dill Pickle.
  • 4 – Candied Fruits.
  • 5 – Honey Glazed Banana Bread.
  • 6 – Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels.
  • 7 – Lemon Pound Cake.
3 Nov 2022

What jam goes on a charcuterie board? ›

Jams or preserves: Include 1 or 2 jams or preserves for some added flavor and sweetness to balance out the dry and salty meat and cheese. Fig spread goes marvelously with many cheeses and meats, so I always like to include it. I also like to include apricot jam, but raspberry or grape jam works, too.

What are 5 tips to making a charcuterie board? ›

Tips And Tricks For Making The Best Charcuterie Tray
  1. Get The Perfect Sized Board or Tray.
  2. Use Easy To Find Ingredients.
  3. Presliced Or Preportioned Ingredients.
  4. Use A Picture or Template For Reference.
  5. Buy Brightly Colored Fruits And Vegetables.
  6. Use Lots Of Little Bowls.
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What foods will picky kids eat? ›

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  • Italian Stuffed Mushrooms || Betty Crocker.

What are good finger foods for kids? ›

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What snacks do you bring to a school party? ›

Here are 50 great ideas to try!
  • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs.
  • Kale Chips.
  • Peanut Butter Popcorn.
  • Baked Apple Chips.
  • Hummus Deviled Eggs.

Can you prep a charcuterie board ahead of time? ›

A charcuterie board is a great make ahead appetizer. With the exception of the sliced fresh fruit, everything can be prepared and set up on the board ahead of time. Wrap the board in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator up to 24 hours ahead of time.

What are the rules for a charcuterie board? ›

Rules to follow for the perfect Charcuterie Board
  • Everything should be easily accessible. Hard cheeses should always be on the outside of the board. ...
  • Something Hard, Something Soft & Something BLUE. ...
  • Meats should stand out! ...
  • Something Sweet & Something Spicy. ...
  • Garnish!
22 Sept 2019

What is traditionally on a charcuterie board? ›

A typical charcuterie board consists of mainly meats and cheeses. But at many restaurants or house parties, it's common that these boards include bread, fruits, nuts, condiments such as honey or mustard, pickles, and olives.

How much should you spend on a charcuterie board? ›

For example, some cheeses, like brie, and some meats, like prosciutto, may cost more than a more “common” cheese, like cheddar, or meat, like salami. That said, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $150 per board (or more) if you buy one from the local deli.

What can you put on a charcuterie board besides meat and cheese? ›

20 ideas for a Charcuterie board without meat include cheese, foods that are dried, preserved, or pickled, nuts, cut fruit, berries, vegetables, peppers, tapas, crackers, pretzels/chips, spreads, jams/jellies, finger sandwiches, dessert boards, holiday boards, candies, mints, and edible garnishes.

Why do you put honey on a charcuterie board? ›

Honey, one of our favorite charcuterie accompaniments, adds a gorgeous amber color to our boards and has endless pairing possibilities. Honey brings out the natural flavor of the cheese because the sweetness of honey is complimentary to saltier foods.

Should I put parchment paper on my charcuterie board? ›

If you're using an older board that isn't very easy to clean, you can use parchment paper or even fig or hydrangea leaves underneath the cheese and meats to keep from staining your board.

What fruit is good on a charcuterie board? ›

Fruit (fresh and dried): grapes, strawberries, dates, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, figs, etc. Your spreads can also be sweet like the apricot jam, fig spread, jellies, etc. Savory.

What drinks go best with charcuterie? ›

If you are wondering which cocktails are better with charcuterie, Negroni goes well with Italian prosciutto. The strong flavors of the drink pairs perfectly with the salty-sweet notes of Prosciutto. A popular Italian drink that characterizes Italian Aperitivo is Spritz.

What kind of jam is good on a cheese board? ›

Fig jam, strawberry jam, or mustard all pair well with cheddar cheese. Make sure to match the intensity of your cheese to your pairing. A sweeter jam like strawberry will pair well with a young, mild cheddar, while a bold aged cheddar is great with hot pepper jelly, mustard or even a chutney.

What kind of bread goes on a charcuterie board? ›

Breads and crackers for charcuterie boards

Two breads: Bread options include French sourdough, asiago ciabatta or raisin-pecan rye for a sweeter option. Two crackers: Water crackers are virtually flavorless and allow the other charcuterie to shine.

What jam goes well with cheese and crackers? ›

If you like bold flavors, you'll love these pairings: aged cheddar with tomato jam, gouda with orange marmalade or plum jam, parmesan with apricot jam, blue cheese with black currant or red onion jam, or camembert and cranberry jam.

How many cheeses should be on a charcuterie board? ›

An amazing charcuterie board offers guests a wide range of tastes and texture combinations. For cheese, that means choosing 4 to 6 varieties that offer a nice variety for the palate.

Why are charcuterie boards so expensive? ›

Put simply: Charcuterie boards can cost a pretty penny. According to Eat Cured Meat, this is because the dried and cured meats that constitute a charcuterie board are more time- and labor-intensive than their fresher counterparts. Not only do the meats need to age for months (or even years!)

Are you supposed to oil your charcuterie board? ›

Oil regularly, especially if your board is getting frequent use. This will keep it looking beautiful and protect the wood from moisture that will cause warping. Dry off thoroughly after rinsing. Don't just set it out on a dish rack- use a towel to dry off any excess water.

Why are charcuterie boards suddenly so popular? ›

According to Ken Albala, a history professor with a focus on food at the University of the Pacific, the mass appeal of charcuterie on social media coincides with the rise of crafting and foodie cultures, paired with an inherently aesthetically pleasing nature.

What is charcuterie board Why is it so popular nowadays? ›

Charcuterie is a mixture of cured meats which highlight forms of preservation or flavor enhancement. Ideally, flavors are contrasted or paired to magnify enjoyment, a combination of texture and color are also used. It offers variety and is visually appealing when displayed on a platter.

What is the best finish for a charcuterie board? ›

Pure Tung Oil ranks high on the list when you want to know how to treat wood charcuterie boards. Also known as chinawood oil, this all-natural finishing oil is FDA approved for food contact and contains no VOCs, heavy metals, additives or distillates for added peace of mind.

What is a good after game snack for kids? ›

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  • Raisins. ...
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What is a good recovery snack? ›

Greek yogurt, berries, and granola. protein shake and banana. quinoa bowl with sweet potatoes, berries, and pecans. whole grain crackers with string cheese and fruit.

What is the healthiest snack for kids? ›

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  4. Nuts. ...
  5. Trail mix. ...
  6. Sliced pears with ricotta cheese. ...
  7. Cottage cheese. ...
  8. Oatmeal.
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What are 5 healthy snacks? ›

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  • Mixed nuts. ...
  • Red bell pepper with guacamole. ...
  • Greek yogurt and mixed berries. ...
  • Apple slices with peanut butter. ...
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  • Celery sticks with cream cheese. ...
  • Kale chips. ...
  • Dark chocolate and almonds.

What is best post-game snack? ›

Post-game:
  • Chocolate milk – perfect blend of protein and carbohydrates. ...
  • Cheese and crackers – can use string cheese. ...
  • Hard-boiled egg – inexpensive and packed with nutrients.
  • Carrot sticks and hummus – Hummus can be made ahead and frozen in single portion scoops.
  • Yogurt with granola and berries.
25 Feb 2022

What goes in a team snack bag? ›

30 Healthy Sports Team Snack Ideas
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  2. Pepperoni slices & wheat crackers.
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  4. Waffle skewers (Cut one cooked waffle in 9 pieces. ...
  5. Carrot or celery sticks with hummus.
  6. Hard boiled or deviled eggs.

What can I put in a snack stadium? ›

I got all of our favorite snacks at Walmart, where I found Pepsi™, SNICKERS®, Skittles®, and TOSTITOS® chips and salsa! Perfect snacks to fill our Ultimate Snack Stadium, and fill us up for the Big Game! I knew I wanted SNICKERS® and Skittles® to be the fans in the bleachers, as well as the cars in the parking lot!

What foods make kids sleepy? ›

Now, for 12 of my go-to pre-bed snacks sure to keep your child's hunger at bay and help them get their sleep on!
  • pistachios (protein, vitamin B6 and magnesium)
  • cheese and crackers (protein)
  • nut butter (protein)
  • oatmeal (rich in melatonin)
  • cherries (natural source of melatonin)
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What are some examples of snacks and recovery foods? ›

This resource provides you with examples of snacks to consume after a training to start your recovery process.
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RECOVERY SNACKS
  • Water followed by next meal.
  • 8 oz home-brewed tea with honey.
  • Homemade granola bar + water.
  • Fresh seasonal fruit or homemade apple sauce + water.
  • Dried fruit with nuts + water.
  • Yogurt + water.

What helps speed up recovery? ›

Here's how to speed up your recovery:
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  • Get enough sleep. Getting proper rest is easily one of the most effective ways to recover from any form or degree of physical exertion. ...
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