Color War was the craziest time! I feel as though the event speaks for itself, but I just wanted to give a few helpful tips and tricks I would suggest if you were going to throw a Color War for your ministry. 1. There are lots of powdered color companies out there, and if you have the budget and don't want to spend the time mixing ingredients, go ahead and buy individual packets for everyone, or whatever you think is best for your ministry. THAT BEING SAID, if you want to save money, buy 5 lb. bags of colored powder and then mix it with 9/10 parts cornstarch. The powder will not be as vibrant, but it'll be so. much cheaper. 2. If you choose to mix the ingredients on your own. Repeat after me: CORNSTARCH, NOT CORN MEAL. Please know there is a very large difference even though their names are very similar. 3. I feel as if I shouldn't need to address this, but I will. If you are putting this event on, this is a great opportunity for you to encourage your students (leading up to the event) to invite their lost friends to Color War! That way, you can present the gospel before any color is thrown! 4. If you (hopefully) choose to present the gospel at your Color War event, it is very wise to have a buffer in-between the invitation and the throwing of powdered paint. If you dismiss straight from your invitation, the people making the decisions might resent you for making them late to all the fun! (even though getting saved is the most fun, we're just trying to think like a student here!) 5. If you are financially able to, invest in face masks, protective eyewear, and extra white shirts. It may look all fun and games, but the second powder gets in your lungs and in your eyes... you'll be begging to get out of that cloud of doom. 6. HAVE WATER ON HAND! Number five and six go hand-in-hand. The colored powder will be EVERYWHERE and you and your students will not be able to escape it. So just, have water on hand.
Get to know you bingo is a super-fun take on bingo, with signatures instead of bingo chips and facts instead of numbers. Everyone starts with a bingo card and on that card, every single square has a fact (has never been to Disney; wears glasses; is a middle child). Your goal is to fill up every square with a signature from a different person that the facts pertain to. First person to collect all the signature (or make BINGO) wins!
The Toilet Paper Game
This game is super fun and breaks down walls… fast! This game simply requires a roll of toilet paper and for everyone to sit in a circle. One-by-one, each person is supposed to grab as much toilet paper as they want and explain if they are an under or over-toilet-paper-kind-of-person. After everyone is done (this will happen pretty fast). Everyone has to go back around and give the group a fact for every square of toilet paper they pulled! This is a fun twist, while getting to know everyone!
Happy’s and Crappy’s
“Highs and lows”, “good and bad”, “fabulous and not so fabulous”…whatever you want to call it, this is a great way to get your group talking. Have each student name something that happened that week that they loved and something they didn’t love. If they are nervous, start with your week, and move on from there!
The Name Game
This game is one of my personal favorites! This game is great to use at the start of the year, if you are trying to memorize everybody’s name, or if there are new people in your group! The first person starts by saying their name, “Rachel”. The second girl says the first girls name then her own name, “Rachel, Brittney”. The third girl in the circle says their names (in order) and then says her own, “Rachel, Brittney, Tori”. The goal of the game is to memorize everybody’s name. As it goes around the circle, the names add up, and it gets harder and harder. When everyone has gone, the first person (Rachel, in this case) must go around the circle and say everybody’s name!
All Knotted Up
This game is such a classic, but nothings gets you close to someone like holding hands and trying to untangle yourself. Have everyone stand in a circle, facing inward. Tell everyone to reach their right arm towards the center and grab someone else's hand. Make sure no one grabs the hand of the person right next to them. Have everyone reach their left arm in and grab someone else's hand. Now, the fun begins! Have the students work together to untangle the human knot without letting go of any hands. The goal is to end up in a perfect circle again. They can go over or under each other's arms, or through legs if needed! Encourage them to do whatever they want, as long as they don't break the chain in the process.