Awhile back, I showed you the invitations for my children’s color party. Today I’m partnering with the Walmart MoneyCard® Reloadable Prepaid Visa® Card, part of the Visa Clear Prepaid program, to update you about the color powder fight we had. Cards part of the Visa Clear Prepaid http://vi.sa/1zi39jx program help you stay on track with your budget by clearly communicating any fees and not allowing any overdrafts. With less stress about your finances you can focus on the fun things in life, like a color fight. You don’t have to take my word for it, look at the joy on those girls faces.
I have been seeing things like Color Runs and the festival of Holi become more and more popular in recent years. I thought it would be so much fun to throw a color fight of my own. Thankfully my husband is always up for my crazy ideas! After a lot of internet searching, I realized there aren’t that many resources out there for doing this, so hopefully this will be helpful for anyone else looking to do the same thing.
First, I’ll tell you how to make the powder, then I’ll talk about the actual fight.
Color Powder Recipe
- 1 lb Non-toxic Paint Powder
- 1 lb Corn Starch
- Food processor
- Add 1 pound of Tempera Paint powder to the food processor.
- Pour about 1/3 of the corn starch into the food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Add the next 1/3 of the corn starch and process again.
- Add the remainder of the corn starch and process until completely combined.
- Repeat with as many different tempera colors as you want.
You want to keep your money safe, now let’s talk about keeping your body safe at the color fight. Here are some tips:
- You can buy color powder imported from India, however it has been known to have harmful ingredients such as lead! Buyer beware. I opted to make my own for this very reason.
- A friend was generous enough to give me her old food processor in case it ruined mine. Good news, it didn’t ruin it at all. I was able to get it clean and I would 100% feel comfortable using it with food again.
- I wouldn’t classify this as an ‘inexpensive’ thing to undertake. It is cheaper to make your own than buy it, but I still spent some money putting the whole thing together.
Planning the actual fight:
I decided that to get all the parents on board with this unorthodox activity, I would purchase white shirts for all the kids participating. Adults were welcome and encouraged to participate, but they were on their own for clothes. I scoured tons of thrift stores on 50% off days to get white, long sleeve shirts, in the correct sizes. Here’s a before shot of most of the kids.
You will notice the goggles in picture. We put in the invitation to either bring swim goggles or buy some protective eye-wear from the dollar store. Sunglasses would probably work just fine too. Kids are not happy campers with stuff in their eyes, so goggles were a really good idea!
We tried all kinds of methods for dispensing the powder. I envisioned everyone being chased around with powder, so I was looking for an effective delivery method. The very best method was drilling one whole in the top of the paint bottle. It worked like a perfect squeeze bottle. The other most popular method, was picking up a fistful and throwing it. You can see the paint bottle in the photo below.
We tried awesome water squirters. They worked well but the kids couldn’t refill them fast enough. After a while they started to get jammed up a bit too. If this was an adult activity only, I might revisit the water squirters.
We set all the paint powder out in take-out containers and recycled food storage tubs. Free and easy, and it worked great. We made a perimeter of the tubs so everyone could run freely in the inside of the circle to play and get dirty.
Before we let the kids go crazy, we gave them some simple rules.
1. Stay in the designated color fight area.
2. Only color people who are actively participating in the fight.
3. Don’t throw color in someone’s face, purposefully. It still happened, but at least they weren’t trying.
After that, everyone just had a blast!
We stopped and took an ‘after’ picture. Technically though, it was a ‘during’ shot because the kids went out for more fun after this.
We even got a fun family picture out of it. I am really tempted to use it in our Christmas card.
We told people to bring a change of clothes or a towel to sit on for the car ride home. When we got home we beat the clothes out and washed them right away. Everyone but my daughter’s clothes came 100% clean. She got some water on her sleeves at the park, which then dried. That seemed to set the color in on just her sleeves.
I would still advise wearing clothes you are okay getting stained, but there is a good chance it will come out.
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