Smiley Faced Eggs

Kids have fun with this recipe by creating smiley faces with eggs. It’s also good for coordination and fine motor development. Serve with whole grain crackers and vegetables for a balanced meal or snack.

8 faces (8 child-size portions)
Preparation Time
25 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
egg, soy (if using mayonnaise), milk (if using yogurt)
Equipment List
Cutting board 
Small bowl
Platter or tray
hard-boiled eggs  
1 Tbsp
mayonnaise (or plain yogurt) 
2 tsp
1 Tbsp
finely chopped celery
Salt and pepper
To taste
 ¼ cup
cooked peas (for the eyes)
1 small
Roma tomato, seeded, sliced in rounds. Each round cut in half (for the mouth)
 Parsley stems rinsed (for the hair)


1.    Carefully peel the eggs. To do this, gently hit them against a hard surface and discard the pieces of shell that you take  off.

2.    Cut the eggs lengthwise in half. Remove the yolks.

3.    Place egg yolks in a bowl and mash them with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and celery and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4.    Fill the center of each half egg with this mixture.

5.    Layout the filled eggs, peas, tomato, and parsley on a clean work surface accessible to the children.

6.    Let the children pick an egg and make a smiley face using peas as eyes, tomato as mouth,  and maybe parsley as hair:

Smiley Faced Egg

Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD

Smiley Faced eggs
Smiley Faced Eggs