I personally do not mind my kids getting dirty but I do know some kids do not like to get messy. If you'r little one is like that here is a perfect craft for them!Mess free painting!
get a zip lock bag cut a piece of paper to fit it and place the paper in there. Then add little drops of paint and close the bag. That simple then let your kid/kids have fun moving the paint around with there figner and not getting messy!