charcuterie board (15 – inch round board recommended)
5 celery ribs cut into thirds
12white cheese shapes (optionally precut)
12orange cheese shapes(optionally precut)
1cupColby Jack cheese cubes
20Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bites See recipe on page 149
12 red grapes, cut in half
12 green grapes, cut in half
2mandarin oranges, peeled and segments separated
1/2cup dried cranberries
1cupveggie straws or sticks
1cupwhite cheddar corn puffs
1/2red apple, sliced
2cupsalphabet-shaped cookies (or pretzels), on the side to spell with and eat.
Put the hummus and peanut butter in small serving bowls and place the bowls on the board.
Arrange half the celery around the hummus bowl and half around the peanut butter bowl.
Place the cheese shapes on either side of the board and the cheese cubes in the center of the board between the bowls of hummus and peanut butter.
Add 10 of the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bites to the board. (Save the remaining 10 to refill the board as needed.)
Place the halved grapes, orange segments, snap peas, and carrots on the board.
Add the dried cranberries near the bowl of peanut butter and the fish shaped crackers near the bowl of hummus, encouraging the kids to create "ants on a log" with the celery, peanut butter, and dried cranberries and "fish in a river" with the celery, hummus and fish shaped crackers as they snack.
Pile the snack mix near the center of the board.
Place the veggie straws, corn puffs, yogurt-covered pretzels, and apple slices in the gaps across the board.
Put the alphabet- shaped cookies (or pretzels) in a bowl to the side and encourage the kids to spell with them.