We love painting here at our house. I make sure that all my paints are washable so I'm not stressing so much when they are out. I set the kids up and let them have fun with it. Karter just started painting with real paint. He was only allowed a brush, colored construction paper, and water for quite awhile. Now that he has started to paint he does make a bit more of a mess then his big brother and sister, especially when he uses the finger paints, BUT, he sure has fun!!