The action of sticking things to other things is such an important part of a child's exploration! That's why collages are a great activity for toddlers. It's not the finished product that will delight toddlers, it's the process of exploring, experimenting, tearing, and assembling, etc.
You can always use paper and glue, but here's a fun twist--TRY CONTACT PAPER!
Let your child pinch and then sprinkle and pat collage items onto sticky contact paper for an easy, no glue, "stick it" collage experience!
For easy handling and moving, tape the corners of the contact paper (sticky side up) to a piece of cardboard about the same size as the paper.
We did 2 types of contact paper collages today, a nature collage, and a random crafty objects collage. The second one worked really well as a project for Lawson to do while I was fixing dinner. Kept him busy for a straight hour!
L's Experience with Contact Paper Collage's
~~~L's Nature Collage~~~
This is optional but I really wanted to keep this so I sprayed the whole thing with spray adhesive afterward
~~~Craft Objects Collage~~~
I don't really have a finished product picture because he stuck and unstuck everything so many times that the paper became unsticky. He absolutely loved this! I was able to save most of the things he stuck on the paper for another day. L doesn't care about the final product anyway, remember...its all about the PROCESS at this age!
We will definately be repeating this activity.