Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Fight youth activity

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


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.  

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!!


  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.


    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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