Planning the color 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 shirts in the correct sizes. Here’s a before shot of most of the kids.
Here’s the party invitation I sent out for the color party. Go and visit the art party invitation post to read all about them and learn where you can get the template for yourself.
One of the most important aspects of the color fight is protective eyewear. You will notice the kids are wearing goggles in the pictures. We put in the invitation to either bring swim goggles or buy some protective eye-wear. Sunglasses would probably work just fine too. Kids are not happy campers with stuff in their eyes, so goggles were a really good idea!
Another important aspect of planning the color fight is deciding how you are going to dispense the color powder.
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 hole in the top of the paint bottle. It worked like a perfect squeeze bottle. The other most popular method involved picking up a fistful of powder and throwing it. You can see the paint bottle in the photo below.
We tried some 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 inside the circle to play and get dirty.
The time is here! Let’s make some color powder so you can get this paint party started! Jump to the next page for the color powder recipe.