Younger children would learn how to paint by painting directly with their fingers ("finger painting"). There is actually paint that you can get that is only used for finger painting. As they grow older, children learn how to use a paint brush. Kids painting games and painting sets are designed for children meaning that the paint is safe (non toxic) and washable. So you don't have to worry about your child swallowing small quantities of paint or about paint stains on his or her clothes.
There are many type of sets that you can get. There are simple sets that contain only a palette with discs with watercolors. And there are sets with a whole range of colors and all the equipment that painter would need. These sets are for beginners meaning that they are great for children but they wouldn't be used by a professional painter.
The Darice 80-Piece Deluxe Art Set (for ages 5 and above) is a more sophisticated set. This great set not only includes paint brushes and many various colors (oil pastels, watercolors), it also includes pencils, many painter's accessories and a portable case, ideal if you want to go paint somewhere outside. Overall, a great painting set for children and for beginners (adults that want to learn how to paint).
✓safe for children
✓instruction guide provided
✓great for beginners