How to Make a Kid’s Charcuterie Board

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This Kid’s Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to entertain when kiddos are around OR it makes a simple, easy dinner or after-school snack! Add your kid’s favorite cheeses, deli meats, fruit/veggies, some crunchy snacks, and a few sweets and you have the perfect charcuterie board for hungry kids! There are SO many ways to customize this board and I’ll walk you through step-by-step how to make your own super cute and EASY snack board!

If your kids love this board, they’ll also love this Bagel Brunch Board!

Kid's Charcuterie Board on a white table with plates and a black and white linen.

I am a little obsessed with “charcuterie.” From this Christmas Tree Charcuterie to this 4th of July board and even CHILI Charcuterie! There is just something festive and fun about it!

The best part about this kids’ charcuterie board is it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to enjoy it! Throw a bunch of yummy finger foods on a board one night and dinner is served! This is one of my family’s favorite “dinner nights” that brings us all together!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Such a FUN WAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY to gather and enjoy their favorite snacks!
  • Great way to get picky eaters to TRY NEW THINGS!
  • ENDLESS OPTIONS TO CUSTOMIZE with kid-friendly foods.
  • Great idea for a BIRTHDAY PARTY or a MOVIE NIGHT SNACK BOARD!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Easy Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board:

Some of the ingredients needed to make this Kid Friendly Charcuterie Board.

INGREDIENT NOTES

All of the items for the charcuterie board should be simple things your kids and family enjoy. I have included several ideas for items in the recipe card below, but sky’s the limit! Use what they love – there is no wrong way to make this board!

HOW TO MAKE A KID’S CHARCUTERIE BOARD: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Add your meat(s) and cheese slices (or cheese cubes) around the board, apart from each other so they aren’t touching.

Step 1 in making this kid's charcuterie board. Cheese and meat placed around the board.

Step 2: Then, add items in your small bowls–dips, spreads, etc.

Step 2 in making this kid's charcuterie board.  Veggies, fruit and crackers placed on the board.

Step 3: Start filling in the holes with fruit/veggies and crackers.

Step 3 in making this kid's charcuterie board. Dips and spread being added to the board.

Step 4: Finish by filling in all the remaining empty space on your board with the candy, dried fruit, nuts, etc.

Step 4 in making this kid's charcuterie board. All of the little empty spaces on the board filled in with popcorn, candy, etc.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • If you are making this board to entertain, choose a mix of vibrant colors and a variety of textures to make it super pretty and drool-worthy!

  • If you are making this fun board for a party, you can do all the cutting ahead of time (cheese, meat, fruit, etc) and store everything in Ziploc bags or little containers. You can quickly assemble the board right before the party starts!

Confidence Tip

Don’t stress about choosing so many different things, choose whatever your family likes! If your family loves American cheese slices–throw down some of that! Ranch dressing lovers? Pour some into a small bowl and start dipping. My kids love regular old ham, so I cut slices in half and roll them up! It doesn’t have to be fancy–the point is you want them to EAT IT!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you make salami/pepperoni flowers for a charcuterie board?

Here is an easy tutorial on creating a cute “rose” for your board: DIY Salami Rose. It’s easy!!!

What things do you put on a kid’s charcuterie board?

The easy answer is: whatever your kids like!!! I generally like to have a few from each of these categories:
1. Cheese
2. Meat
3. Crackers/bread (see more options here: 10 Best Crackers for a Charcuterie Board)
4. Fresh fruit/veggies
5. Dips/spreads
6. Extras (sweets, nuts, etc.)

Is this a toddler-friendly charcuterie board?

It can be, absolutely! Just avoid any foods that may be choking hazards for little ones (such as grapes or hard candy).

Choose foods that are easy for little hands to hold such as cheese slices, small crackers, and small pieces of fruit.

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Close up of the ingredients on this kid's charcuterie board.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Large Board: A large wooden cutting board like this one works perfectly! They also sell cute, inexpensive boards at places like Home Goods or TJ Maxx. In a pinch, use a cookie sheet!

Traditional Charcuterie Board: Of course, if you want to be fancy, you can invest in a “real” charcuterie board like this one with all the bells and whistles!

Small Ramekins/Bowls: These mini ramekins are perfect little bowls for dips and sweet treats.

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I hope you love this Kid’s Charcuterie Board! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Kid’s Charcuterie Board

Casey Rooney
This Kid's Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to entertain when kiddos are around OR it makes a simple, easy dinner or after-school snack! Add your kid's favorite cheeses, deli meats, fruit/veggies, some crunchy snacks, and a few sweets and you have the perfect charcuterie board for hungry kids!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Cheeses, sliced or cubed (choose 1-2)

  • cheddar cheese
  • mozzarella
  • Monterey jack or colby jack
  • fontina

Meats (choose 1-2)

  • ham slices
  • salami
  • pepperoni
  • turkey slices

Crackers/Bread (choose 1-3)

  • pretzels
  • toasted bread slices
  • sliced baugette
  • bagel chips
  • goldfish
  • Cheese Its
  • water crackers
  • Ritz
  • Wheat Thins
  • animal crackers

Fresh Fruit (choose 1-2)

  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • other berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • watermelon slices or cubes

Fresh Veggies (choose 1-2)

  • baby carrots/carrot sticks
  • cucumber
  • colored bell peppers
  • celery sticks
  • cherry tomatoes

Dips/Spreads (choose 1-2)

  • ranch
  • hummus
  • jam/jelly
  • peanut butter
  • nutella
  • store-bought dips

Extras (choose 2-4)

  • nuts
  • candy (M&Ms, chocolate chips, dark chocolate squares, chocolate-covered pretzels, jelly beans, etc.)
  • trail mix
  • olives
  • popcorn
  • sun flower seeds
  • sweet pickles
  • dried fruit

Instructions
 

  • Add Cheeses: Begin by placing cheeses on the board. Spread them out over the board so they are not touching each other.
  • Add Meats: Then, add your meats around the board. Again, place them around the board so they are not touching each other.
  • Add Dips/Spreads: Add your dips and spreads using small bowls to be placed around the board. Feel free to place anything else you have in small bowls on the board, too!
  • Add Crunchies: Add your crackers and crunchy items next. Separate different varieties of crunchies around the board.
  • Add Fruit/Veggies: Add your fruit and veggies to fill in the remaining "holes" on your board until the board is almost completely covered.
  • Finish: Last, add on any small "extras" to fill in those last holes. Good things to add last are candy, dried fruit, and nuts.

Notes

Note: Exact amounts aren’t listed to give you the flexibility to add as much as you need to fill your board AND to base this charcuterie board on your kid’s taste! This also isn’t an exhaustive list, by any means! Use what you know you kids LIKE! There are no rules with charcuterie boards!
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious; thank you for this fantastic recipe! Very straightforward and easy to make. The dish came out perfectly. I will make it again!!