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By Mary Emma Allen<>

Colored eggs and candy bunnies, decorated cakes and cookies all are part of the festive trimmings that delight youngsters this time of year.

Easter Egg Parade

This makes a colorful centerpiece for the family dinner table, especially when children are attending this holiday meal. These colorful decorations are items the youngsters can make themselves and take delight in.

Decorate plain and colored hard-boiled eggs with imaginative trimmings. Glue tiny ribbons, veiling, artificial flowers on miniature paper cups for hats. Or make clown hats out of cardboard, then color and decorate them.

With crayons, make faces on the eggs; top each with an "Easter bonnet" and arrange on the table.

Edible Centerpieces

Edible centerpieces include Puffy Rice Rabbits and Puffy Rice Eggs. The kiddies will have fun helping decorate these.

PUFFY RICE EGG - Spread 4 cups puffy rice type cereal in shallow pan; heat 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Put warm puffed rice in a large mixing bowl ; pour over it a mixture of 2 tablespoons melted butter and 2 cups melted miniature marshmallows; stir until rice is evenly coated. PUFFY RICE RABBIT - Using 6 cups of puffy rice type cereal, 1/4 cup butter, 32 large marshmallows, follow "egg" directions above for coating rice. With greased hands, form a large ball for body, 1 medium-sized ball for head, then two feet and two ears; attach together with frosting. For tail, coat large marshmallows with frosting; roll in coconut. Use jelly beans for face, pipe cleaners for whiskers.

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Mary Emma Allen writes children's stories and authors books, in addition to newspaper and magazine columns, and writes for the e-zine, "The Oasis". She also teaches workshops for children and teachers who encourage children to write.

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