I always want to do collage with Lara, but I'm pretty leery of the glue situation... She might be ready, but I certainly am not. So I decided to try out this idea - and I think it's a hit.
We collected leaves, bark, and flowers outside, found some good pictures in a few magazines, and then I also cut up some paper and fabric pieces into shapes. I sorted them all in a muffin tin for easy access:
Then I took a piece of clear contact paper (pretty easy to find at drug stores and such), and taped it sticky-side up to her art table. After the collage was done, I just folded the contact paper over to seal the art forever!
We tried it a couple of times, and each time it was a hit for a couple of minutes at least - and Lara also really liked just sticking and unsticking her hand on the contact paper and the zippy sound that made.