Collage is one of my very favorite art activities for toddlers! It is such a wonderful way to encourage their creativity without focusing on a specific final product. This sticky paper collage method is a real hit with little ones. I love that it gives them the flexibility to make changes and try things out and it is completely mess-free! I found that the My First Arts and Crafts Library was the perfect kit for this project because the materials were so toddler friendly and lightweight! Read below for instructions to make your own.
- My First Arts and Crafts Library
- Clear contact paper
- Painters Tape
Step 1: Begin by cutting a large piece of clear contact paper. Carefully remove the paper backing and lay the contact paper, sticky side UP, flat on the floor near a large open space of wall. Place painters tape gently along the four edges of the contact paper. Carefully lift up the tape and contact paper and stick the tape to the wall. The sticky side of the contact paper should be facing out.
Step 2: Open your My First Arts and Crafts Library. Select lightweight items from the kit for your child to use in their collage. We used the felt circles, paper straws, googly eyes, sticky gems, pipe cleaners, sparkly paper shapes and craft sticks! I provided all of these materials on a divided tray for my kids.
Step 3: Stick items to the sticky paper to create your collage! This is super engaging for toddlers! My older preschooler even got in on the fun. There are no rules with this collage - your kids can place items anywhere they like! When they are finished you have a few options to finish the project. You can leave the sticky wall as is to display their art, take the pieces back off to use again for future projects, or cover their art with another piece of clear contact paper to preserve it! We left ours up for a few days and then took the pieces down to save for more projects in the future.