What is it about arranging food into fun patterns and shapes that suddenly makes it all the more appetizing to our picky little eaters? While healthy dishes like fruit platters normally go unnoticed at birthday parties or family gatherings, create a fun shape using the same fruit and magically your kiddo can’t resist grabbing a handful. We’ve gathered up several fruit mosaic patterns that are creative, fun, and are sure to be a hit at your next function. Your kids can help with the prep too, so they’ll be even more excited to see the finished product. Best of all? You’ll get to see smiling mouthfuls of fruit from the kiddos and a pat on your back from your mom peers for holding the sugar.

Basic directions:

  1. Sketch a drawing of what you want your fruit mosaic to look like. Try to pick out which platter you will be using to lay the fruit onto (flat, white, rectangular platters usually work best).
  2. After you have sketched the drawing, note which fruits you would like to use and where you would want to place them
  3. After you have cut up all of the fruits, try to start inward and work your way outward when building your fruit mosaic.  Remember, it might not come out exactly as you have planned and that’s okay, just play around with it and see what works.  You might want to lay a rough outline of fruits first and then let the kids fill in the holes with the rest of the fruit.
  4. After you are finished, place your fruit into the fridge until serving.

The Sesame Street Gang
This one includes Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, the Cookie Monster, and Elmo. It includes some veggies into the mix as well. The kids will get a kick out of this clever quadruplet.  You can use either ranch sauce or greek yogurt for the eyes.

Mickey Mouse
This Mickey Mouse design can just about rival any cake! One of the more intricate mosaics  on the list, this one uses oranges, apples, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries. It’s best to start inwards on Mickey’s face with the oranges first and then work your way outwards.

Heart
Have a healthier Valentine’s treat by bringing this heart into the classroom for the kids’ buddies. This heart is made from blackberries, strawberries, grapes, watermelons, and oranges. Be sure to lay the inside of the heart first and then work around it towards the outside. Flat surfaced, rectangular platters work best for these mosaics.

Fish
Mangos, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries come together to get this fish out of the pond. Perfect for and Under The Sea themed party or gathering or at the beginning of the school to encourage the little school of fishies!

Bear
Cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries create this cute teddy bear.
It’s a nice surprise to bring to the kids’ classrooms as an afternoon birthday treat.

Flower
This star-shaped flower is made from kiwis, blueberries, mangoes, honeydew melon, and strawberries. It makes a good companion to any tea party themed gathering for the little ones.

Ladybug
This one is a bit more complicated and uses different slices of fruit. Orange slices make up the outside border, while kiwi slices help to frame the ladybug.

Butterfly
This butterfly is made from cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, and pineapples.  Perfect for an insect themed party or a princess party. All kids love the friendly butterfly and will be excited to this ode to fruit.

What are some other awesome fruit mosaic designs you’ve seen (or maybe made yourself) We wanna know!

— Sommy Rhee

All photos courtesy of Catch My Party and Week of Menus