How to make a toddler finger food tray

fun toddler food tray ideas

The toddler finger food tray is a simple technique to get toddlers to try new foods.

It’s a really great way to make meal times fun for your toddler (especially picky eaters) and an easy way to introduce new foods – because who doesn’t want to eat a rainbow?!

Which tray to use?

To create a finger food tray, you can use just about anything you have in your kitchen that has small compartments.  Mini muffin trays and ice-cube trays work really well.

Remember that toddlers only have little tummies, so large portions can overwhelm them.

11 dinner food plates for toddler finger food

Red, green and orange

You can pretty much put whatever you have in the fridge or pantry in the tray. You could even do all the same colour, so do a red tray then the following day an orange tray … just have fun with it!

In the tray at the top of the article we’ve included grated cheese, strawberries, sugar snap peas, sultanas, blueberries, mandarin, broccoli, capsicum, watermelon, frozen mango, orange and cucumber.

A little trick

Try to fill most of the tray with foods you know they will eat, then sneak in a couple of new ones.

Another great trick is to include those little people in the food choice. If they’ve picked them, they’re more likely to eat them.  Let them fill the tray too … yes we know it’s a messy business, but toddlers LOVE to get involved.

Orange you glad you ate me?!

fun toddler food tray ideas - orange foods

Orange foods are just a little bit awesome. Not only do these luscious fruits and veges taste amazeballs, but they boost little bodies in all sorts of ways, thanks to the zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Here’s why orange foods are the bomb:

  • They help eye health (remember to tell the kids carrots help you see in the dark!)
  • Promote healthy joints
  • Fight free radicals in the body
  • Helps balance the pH in the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Builds healthier bones

Red is rad!

fun toddler food tray ideas - red foods

Red foods rock our world, they are gems from Mother Nature and kids just can’t get enough. And that’s a good thing, because they containe lycopene, ellagic acid, quercetin, hesperidin, fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And that means they help with:

  • Protecting the body from harmful free-radicals
  • Protecting against heart disease
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Keeping you regular

Green means go!

fun toddler food tray ideas - green foods

It may not be easy being green, but it’s really easy to boost the kids’ green food intake. Getting more green in their diet means adding chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene into their little bodies. And this all helps to:

  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Keep you regular
  • Support eye health
  • Boost the immune system
  • Keep kids healthy

There’s never been a better reason to eat the rainbow!


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