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15 Easy Toddler Food Tray Ideas for Picky Eaters

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It can be so hard to get your child to eat healthy food!

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. And they also have a limited attention span and are easily distracted.

As a result, getting them to sit still long enough to eat a full meal can be difficult. One way to make things easier is using a food tray.

Using these trays allows them to have a variety of foods that they can choose from.

This article will provide you with 15 ideas for toddler food trays! Keep reading for some fantastic tips and ideas!

Child's breakfast plate with a pancake and fruit to decorate it into a flower

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Toddler Food Tray Tips

toddler lunch with a half a sandwich, raspberries, carrots, veggie chips and a deviled egg

Some of the things you will want to consider when creating a toddler food tray include:

  • Including a variety of foods from the different food groups
  • Listing out healthy foods toddlers can have on their food tray
  • Using separate containers to hold the food items

It’s essential to add a variety of foods from the different food groups to your toddler’s snack plate. This helps to ensure that they’re getting the nutrients they need.

It also helps to broaden their horizons and introduce them to new flavors and textures. In addition, using different colors adds visual interest and curiosity. Hopefully, this will help them try new things.

Serve small portions when assembling your toddler snack tray. Cut more oversized items into small pieces. Introduce new foods to your children a little bit at a time.

Make mealtime pleasant by not forcing your child to eat everything. And you can save the unused portions for the next meal. Or try them on another child.?

Okay, here we go with some foods you may want to include in your trays.

Food List to Include in Your Toddler Food Trays

Fruit kabobs with strawberries, kiwis, and bananas

I tried to put this list together using the four main food groups. Feel free to add your child’s favorite foods to this list or to include ones you would like them to try.

Condiments

  • Ketchup
  • Ranch-is there any other type of condiment for a toddler??

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Avocado
  • Bananas, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Chopped apples
  • Carrots (slice them thin, thin spears or cooked)
  • corn or corn on the cob
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes, cut in half
  • Green Beans
  • Kiwi
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Peas
  • Raspberries
  • Snap peas
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Grains

  • Bread or rolls
  • Cinnamon raisin bread
  • Crackers
  • Granola
  • macaroni/noodles
  • Muffins
  • Potatoes/potato wedges/french fries
  • Whole grain cookie
Toddler lunch with carrots, cauliflower, applesauce and tomato soup

Toddler Snacks

  • Any fruits from the above list
  • Apple chips
  • Applesauce
  • Canned fruit in 100% juice
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Dry cereal
  • Fruit leather
  • Goldfish or cheezits
  • Graham crackers
  • granola bars
  • Hummus with vegetables
  • Larabars
  • Nut butter on crackers, celery, or toast
  • Pretzels
  • Raisins
  • Rice cakes
  • Sandwich cut in fourths
  • Smoothie
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tortilla with beans or cheese, quartered
  • Veggie straws

Meat/Protein/Dairy/Beans

  • Chickpeas
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cubed or sliced cheese
  • Deviled eggs
  • Hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • Hot dogs
  • Laughing cow cheese, kids love these!
  • Lunch meat
  • Milk, dairy, or nondairy
  • Nut butter
  • String cheese
  • Turkey or chicken, cubed
  • Yogurt, cups, or drinkable

Foods that have a bright color have more nutrients. To add interest, I like to alternate these foods with ones that aren’t as colorful. Here are the colorful foods to look for:

  • Blueberries
  • grapes
  • blackberries
  • purple potatoes, carrots, cauliflower (I find these at Trader Joe’s!)
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Red bell peppers
  • Oranges
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Raspberries
  • Beets

Container Ideas

Ideas for toddler food tray, containers with blueberries, sliced apples, milk, strawberries and pancakes and bananas

There are a lot of different ideas you can try for your child’s food tray. You can use clever divider plates, muffin tins, and ice cube trays. You can also buy single silicone muffin cups and arrange them on a plate. Here are some options I found that I just love:

  • Snack Spinner-Oh my goodness, this is the best thing ever. It has five compartments, it spins, is spill-proof, leak-proof, and has a lid. Amazing!
  • Spin the Arrow Divided Plate-I can’t believe how adorable these plates are. This one has eight compartments that aren’t quite as deep as the others.
  • Another Fun Divided Game Plate-I can’t get over these cute trays and plates! This one has seven compartments your child can eat through to win the game!
  • Standard Kids Divider Plates-These are no-frills divider plates that can be used for kids or adults. These plates have five compartments.
  • Silicone Muffin Tin-This is a fun way to fill the muffin tins with your child’s favorite foods.
  • Stainless Steel Divider Plate: This has six sections and is a fun way for kids to eat their meals
  • Divided Plate Designed Like a Game-This is another adorable toddler snack tray. This child’s plate is set up like a game and has six compartments with deep sides. You must see it!
  • Kids Bento Box-This is an awesome four-compartment kids Bento Box.
  • Turtle Suction Plates-There are a variety of suction plates available. This plate is an adorable, four-compartment turtle suction plate. You can also purchase suction cups.
  • Ice Cube Trays-These trays are perfect for finger foods such as dry cereal, raisins, blueberries, peas, etc.

Tools to Make Your Child’s Foods More Interesting

Sandwiches cut into shapes for toddler food tray

Crinkle Cutter

Try using a crinkle cutter for cutting up the following foods:

  • carrot sticks
  • cucumber sticks
  • potatoes or sweet potatoes (for french fries)
  • cutting bread to make french toast sticks
  • cheese
  • lunch meat
  • hot dogs
  • deviled eggs
  • fruit cubes

Cookie Cutters

Cut food into fun shapes for your toddler using a cookie cutter.  Minnie and Micky Mouse cookie cutters are adorable and include a unicorn, dinosaurs, hearts, and star cookie cutters!

Use cookie cutters for:

  • cheese
  • lunch meat
  • pancakes
  • sandwiches
  • fruit such as apple slices, pineapple, melons
Apples, cubed cheese, pretzels for toddler food tray

Let’s get into our toddler meal tray ideas for picky eaters! Choose which tray you’d like from one of the container/tray options above. Or arrange them in circles on a plate.

Be creative in presenting the food, and your kids will love it! Don’t overfill their plate. You can always give them more.

Some tray ideas only have four items. You can alternate them and fill up all the sections, but remember not to overfill them. Here’s how to put together some food items for your toddler’s tray:

Toddler Food Tray Ideas

Idea 1

  • Pretzels
  • Apples
  • Cubed cheese
  • Dipping sauce for the pretzels and apples, if desired
  • Raisins

Idea 2

Idea 3

  • Whole grain crackers
  • Cheese cubes
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Hard-boiled egg, sliced
  • Peanut butter cookie, try this cookie recipe!
Blueberries, String Cheese, Hard Boiled Eggs for food tray

Idea 4

  • Rolled up turkey lunch meat
  • string cheese
  • dinner roll
  • applesauce
  • snap peas

Idea 5

  • yogurt cup
  • granola
  • sliced bananas
  • sliced cucumbers and ranch
  • raisins
Yogurt and granola, snap peas, applesauce toddler food tray ideas

Idea 6

  • Cottage cheese with pineapple
  • Crackers with peanut butter
  • Sliced kiwi
  • Snap peas
  • Granola bar, cut into three or four sections

Idea 7

  • Sliced hotdogs
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peas
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Graham crackers
Kiwi, sliced hot dogs, peas, granola bars, oranges, macaroni and cheese

Idea 8

  • Sliced, cut-up chicken
  • Whole grain bread, buttered and quartered
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Cheese cubes
  • Watermelon cubes

Idea 9

  • Grilled cheese sandwich quarters
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Green beans
  • Sliced grapes
Grilled cheese, chicken, watermelon, green beans, cheese cubes, mixed vegetable, toddler food tray ideas

Idea 10

  • Cheese tortilla, quartered
  • tortilla chips with mild salsa
  • kiwi, sliced
  • peas

Idea 11

  • Deviled egg halves
  • String cheese
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Carrots with ranch
Deviled eggs, pineapples, pretzels, fruit cocktail, carrots and hummus, sliced cucumbers for child food tray

Idea 12

  • Rolled turkey lunch meat
  • Hummus with carrot and cucumber spears
  • Granola bar, cut in thirds
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Goldfish

Idea 13

  • Serve fruit kabobs!
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Cheese cubes
Fruit Kabobs on a plate

Idea 14

  • Turkey, sliced and cut into bite-size pieces
  • Potato wedges
  • Dinner roll
  • Green beans
  • Blueberries

Idea 15

  • Bean and Cheese Tortilla, quartered.
  • Tortilla chips with dip
  • Applesauce
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Fruit leather
Potato wedges, blueberries, tortilla chips and dip, sliced tomatoes, rolled lunch meat, quesadillas halves

Fun Recipes Your Toddlers Will Love

Conclusion

So, if your toddler is a picky eater like mine, don’t despair! I hope I have shown you that there is an easy way to build snack plates filled with good food that your child will love.

The sky’s the limit when creating exciting food trays for toddlers, from simple fruit-and-veggie combos to elaborate themed meals.

And remember, as they get older, let them help you prepare their own snack trays. This can be a fantastic way to teach them about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

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