Your child will practice fine motor skills through a mess-free version of fingerpainting, using paint in a plastic bag.
Put several spoonfuls of paint into a heavy duty, gallon-size ziploc bag. Close the bag while gently pressing out the air. Next tape over the zipper with masking tape. Then lay the bag flat on the table or floor and tape it in place.
Model drawing in the paint as your child watches. Encourage your child to use his fingers to draw in the paint and to mix the colors. He can try drawing squiggly lines, circles, and other shapes in the paint. As your child grows older, he can try drawing a picture, writing his name, or writing letters and numbers in the paint.