Most fruits and vegetables tend to be extremely colorful. Their colorful nature makes them attractive to young kids, which is great since they are such healthy choices for toddler meals and snacking. Creating a rainbow fruit tray with your kids is a great way to ensure your children get the right amount of healthy, juicy fruits. It is also a fun activity to try with food as St. Patrick’s Day approaches! Making a rainbow fruit design can also be a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Mom or Dad can cut up the fruit and the kids, with a little help, can make the rainbow shape on a special plate. This activity is enjoyable for all ages and encourages healthier eating for your family.
To create your own rainbow fruit tray, you first need to ensure you have fresh fruit in the house. I like to get ours at Produce Junction when we have the time and the weather is nice. Lately we’ve just been going to the local grocery store since the weather has been so bitter cold and unpredictable. The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. My daughter and I chose red strawberries, clementines, yellow apples, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes. We didn’t have something for the indigo band, so we just added watermelon at the end to give our rainbow a seventh color.
A Rainbow Fruit Tray
Here are some colorful suggestions for your rainbow fruit plate:
Red – Strawberries, red apples, red raspberries, cherries, red pears
Orange – Oranges, clementines, tangerines, peaches, cantaloupe, mango
Yellow – Yellow apples, pineapple, bananas, golden raspberries
Green – Pears, green grapes, kiwi, honeydew melon, granny smith apples
Blue – Blueberries
Indigo – Blackberries, possibly?
Violet – Purple grapes, plums
DIY Rainbow Fruit Platter
Creating a rainbow fruit tray is fun for the whole family. Follow these steps and let your kids join in the fun!
- Cut all fruit into safe-sized, non-chokable pieces as appropriate for your children.
- Place each type/color of fruit into its own dish to easy color-coding.
- Place a platter on the kitchen table and invite your kids to help you create a rainbow of fruit.
- Start with the smallest band of the rainbow and work your way outward.
- If your kids are very young, you might have to help them in placing the fruit in the right places the whole time.
- For older kids, you can probably just place the first piece and let them have fun.
Tip #1: If you want to make your rainbow fruit platter extra fun for a snack, consider adding mini marshmallows for the clouds at the ends.
Tip #2: If you are serving your rainbow fruit plate on the side of breakfast, complement with fried or scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, and toast, bagels, or muffins.
Tip #3: Make your rainbow fruit tray and save it for dessert! Your kids will be so excited to dig into it that you can probably convince them to do a good job with their dinners.
Tip #4: For a special St. Patrick’s Day treat, place wrapped candy gold coins at one end of the rainbow!
Do you have any tips or other fruits to consider for this fun toddler food idea? Please share your own suggestions on making a rainbow fruit tray in our comments below!