Skip giving your Octopus a Paintbrush. I take it back. Our newest paint trick is using q-tips. I rip off the cup portion of an egg carton and fill each cup with a different color paint and now, instead of using paintbrushes and rinsing it after every color in a cup of water (which just gets messy and wet!) I've been putting a q tip in each color. Then the kids can go to town- Spiff won't freak because his yellow is suddenly brown and Fumble isn't able to make a lake in the middle of his painting after dumping out the rinse water. It makes for easier clean-up too- paint and toss! Me likey.