Recently, I tried a no-mess collage with my daughter. It's now a new favourite activity in our household. This art project is so flexible it can be done with older infants and young toddlers!
Clear "Contact" shelving paper cut into a large rectangle
Miscellaneous recycled materials (e.g. tissue paper, yarn, ribbon, wrapping paper scraps, fabric pieces, etc.)
Cut a large rectangle out of the clear Contact paper.
Tape the contact paper onto a flat surface (a table or easel). The paper/writing should be facing up (See the picture below).
Gather and prepare a variety of recycled materials and place in a container.
Peel off the paper covering from the contact paper (the surface should now be sticky).
Encourage your child to place/arrange the recycled materials onto the sticky surface. Isn't that great! No glue!
They can stick as much or as little as they want onto the paper.