Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Fight youth activity


We did a really fun youth activity last week in my ward:

A COLOR FIGHT


I'm not going to lie, the colored powder wasn't the easiest thing to make.  
If you have the budget, you may want to consider purchasing it pre done.
I did it the difficult way and made it myself.  
It takes a long time and is super messy.

But if you're still interested, here's how I made it.  


Supplies:
1 16 oz box of cornstarch
gel icing color 
1/2 cup water

It took lots and LOTS of trial and error to figure out how to make it, but here's how I did.


I put the full box of corn starch in my stand mixer and turned it on low.
Then I added 1/2 of the container of gel food color.  
(If I had to do it again, I would add the full container to get richer colors.) 
Then dribble in the 1/2 cup of water.  
Let the mixer do all the hard work for you- it may bog down a bit as the cornstarch and water harden, but keep mixing and it will break up.
Continue to mix until it gets pebble like.  Mine took about 8-10 minutes for each batch.


Then pour the colored powder into baking sheets with a lip and bake at 250* for 20-25 minutes.
Pull it out and let it cool.  It will be hard and rock like.


Then take about 3/4 cup at a time and blend it to fine powder. 
Then pour it into sandwich baggies.

Each box of cornstarch made about 6 bags of colored powder.


For the color fight, I picked up a bunch of inexpensive white Tshirts for the kids to wear.
We went to a park near our church for the activity.

I gave them each a baggie of powder then turned them loose.

  
We had about 14 youth, so each of them got 2 baggies.  The quick ones got 3.


They had to return their empty baggies to me to claim another.  


The laughing and screaming could be heard all around the park.


I even got in on the action.  It was a blast!! 

A few of the kids got hit in the eye with powder. 
So I would recommend everyone wear sunglasses or goggles.  
And maybe even have some water handy to rinse the face.

We all had a lot of fun and would do it again!!


2 comments:

  1. This looks like great fun!
    Maybe we do that at our girls Camp!
    Does the color get out of the t shirts or do they need old ones.

    Kirsten

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    1. Hi Kirsten. The color did come out of the shirts. We were kinda bummed that it did because we wanted them to stay colored. Anyone doing a color fight would probably want to wear old clothes just in case though. Hope your color fight goes well and you have a lovely time at Girls Camp!

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