• Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 15m

4 Bagel Faces

Children have lots of fun with this project, which is all about spreading cream cheese (a challenge for little hands!) and creating faces out of various chopped vegetables. If you are working with a younger child, do the chopping and slicing yourself and let your youngster wash the vegetables for you. An older child can help you slice the bell pepper (carrots and cucumbers are too difficult). You should cut the pepper into two-inch-wide strips first, then let your child cut slices from that, using a serrated dinner knife—no sharp knives, ever! Whipped cream cheese is easiest to use—let it come to room temperature first for best results. Spreading is harder for small children than you might think, and beginners may need some guidance at first. It helps to tell them to "push down and pull out" with the knife. Remind your youngster to try to cover the entire open side of the bagel, so the decorations will stick better.


  • 1 medium-long, thin carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • Tiny cherry tomatoes, whole or sliced in half
  • Black olives, sliced
  • 1 small bell pepper, any color, thinly sliced
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 very small cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 small container whipped cream cheese
  • 2 bagels, cut in half
  • Other Possibilities:
  • Grated carrot (rather than sliced)
  • Grated beets
  • Toasted sunflower seeds
  • Minced chives


1) Arrange the vegetables in small bowls on a table.

2) Spread cream cheese on the bagel halves.

3) Decorate and eat!

Put in Bowls:

Make a face:

Recipe reprinted by permission of Ten Speed Press. All rights reserved.

RecID 3114

nutrition information per serving

179 calories; 11g total fat; 32mg cholesterol; 191mg sodium; 17g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 5g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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