I have to admit. I hate painting with my kids. What a mess. I think it takes longer to set the whole disaster up than for them to paint. They love it, though, so I suffer through it. I figure we're making memories, right? That said, I have to say that I discovered the most awesome product today at of all places, TJ Maxx. I never go there, and now I will have to change that. (Along with my fine art purchase I got a new Hop Skip Duo Deluxe diaper bag on the cheap!) Anyway, I got off topic. My new favorite art purchase is Do-a-dot paint. There is seriously no mess with these babies. Shake, twist off cap, dot away. There are books that you can buy specifically for Do-a-dot art, but there are tons of free printables online as well.
Confessions of a homeschooler. I bought her Letter of the Week curriculum awhile back, and every letter has a Do-a-dot activity...several of them, actually. I would usually use small pom-poms to do these activities, but paint, I assure you all, is much more fun!