When I let my older two boys finger paint the other day, I needed something for J to do. I decided to try letting him paint with pudding! I took out a snack sized vanilla pudding (pre-made), divided it in half, and used food coloring to make half of it blue and half of it yellow. Then I put it on J's high chair tray and let him have fun swirling it around.
I loved that I didn't have to worry about it going in his mouth because it was just pudding! Funny thing is though, he didn't even try ... yet the real paint always ends up in his mouth. What a silly boy!