Again, it would be nice to have different types of papers to make it fancy (gotta love more textures!), but I just grabbed what I have at home already. I try to keep a pack of color construction paper, scissors, crayons, sharpie, markers, glue, etc. around for those last minute ideas. (Believe me, rarely are these projects planned... )
This year, I tried to be a little more clever with gifts for her buddies. I hate the idea of giving more sugary candy (even though I'm always happy to be on the receiving end). I found these little party sized play-doh(s?) and thought that would be a great idea for 2-3 year olds! "Bee My Valentine" was the theme and Meara helped me color and glue the bees together. I cut out little hearts for the wings and wrote little messages on them once glue together. Meara LOVES gluing things, so she also helped add a dab of fabric glue (that glues almost everything... and being that we were gluing the color paper to the plastic playdoh containters...). If I actually thought more ahead, I would have liked to put some googly eyes on the bees, and maybe some little antennae (but not sure what I would make those out of since these are pretty small). Anyway, hope this inspires you... or if you have suggestions or ideas you'd like to share... I can also post them!