There is a shop in our way to the Library, where little ones and (not so little) can paint a piece of pottery and fire it up. My daughter (3) used to look through the window and spend some time admiring the finished pieces.
So I carefully planned this activity for her as a reward for good behavior, first she got a number of points for good behavior when she got a certain amount, I drew a voucher to be redeemed for a piggy bank and finally we went to the shop. I picked up the piggy bank because it was a big and easy piece and we could use it after the activity.
My daughter spent 1 hour painting the piggy bank, one, two, three layers of pink paint. She is too young to paint small details so when she was done I helped her with the eyes and mouth…it had to look pretty.
Needless to say that she also painted the table, her hands, her t-shirt, but the paint was no toxic and washable. I did not forget the little sister (1), we admire the piggy for a little while and then we played with some clean brushes and had a snack. When the piggy bank was ready to be fired up, we washed our hands and left the piggy bank ready to go to the oven.
After a long week we came back to pick it up, I was quite surprised by the result and my daughter was so proud of her masterpiece.