Even though the countdown to Easter is already underway, you still can pick up (or order) some great hostess gifts and fun activities for the kids.

In addition, with just a bit of effort and creativity, you can put together Easter baskets for your kids that will delight them and make you feel good about cutting back on some of those empty calories!

KEEP THE KIDS BUSY WHILE YOU PREPARE EASTER DINNER

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Paas, the company well known for its Easter egg coloring kits, also offers parents some cute craft ideas and downloadable pages that kids can color and stay happily occupied while you prepare for company.

Four printable pages on the company Web site are specifically designed for coloring. They feature bunnies, eggs, chicks and all types of Easter friends. In addition, the craft ideas include a printable blank-faced bunny head which is meant to be used for an egg carton project, but which also can serve as yet another canvas to showcase your child's crayon, paint, glitter and cotton-ball gluing talents.

All of the craft ideas (including the printable pages), plus games–and of course, egg-dyeing tips–are available at paaseastereggs.com