I decided to buy some color wonder finger paints for Jakob since they claim to be "mess-free" (they only show up on special color wonder paper). The age recoomendation is 3+ though, and now I know why. Instead of just dipping his finger lightly into the paint, he scooped out as much as he could and would leave big clumps on the paper. He sure loved it though, and made some nice abstract art. I think these turned out better than his actual finger paintings did! And on the bright side, he didn't try to eat these!