Color Wars

Inspire your players to create their own rainbow.
One or more sets of face paint sticks (see "Variations" for alternatives)
Baby wipes or damp washcloths
Small plates, bowls, or other containers to hold the paint sticks
Balloons (optional)
Flags (optional)

1. Divide up your paint sticks. If you have more than one set, make sure that you are dividing the sets so that each bowl/plate only has one color (i.e., all the yellows on one plate, all the reds on another).
2. Hide the bowls around the playing area. Make sure that the bowls are visible, but spread out enough to make things challenging. If you are playing in a small space, or with older kids, you can hide the bowls a little better.
3. If you like, you can mark each hiding space with a balloon or flag.
4. Choose one person to be “the eraser." Hand them a baby wipe.

How to Play

The object of the game is to be the first person to get all of the colors drawn on the back of your hand. The eraser’s job is to make that as difficult as possible.
1. Have everyone gather around the eraser. Have the eraser count to 5. While the eraser is counting, all the players scatter throughout the playing area, and begin looking for the paint sticks.
2. Upon locating a paint stick, the player makes a line on the back of their hand, so that the color is easily seen.
3. Players run from plate to plate trying to attain all the colors. However, the eraser can tag any player they can catch. When they do so, the player must freeze, hold out their hand, and allow the eraser to remove one (and only one) color stripe from the back of their hand.
4. Once a stripe has been removed, the player is released and can go back to hunting for color sticks.
5. The eraser can not immediately tag a person they have just “wiped," they must allow that player to run away before re-tagging.
6. Play continues until one person has all the colors on the back of their hand.


1. For larger groups, play with more than one eraser.
2. Instead of paint sticks, use those colored circle stickers you find in office supply stores. Instead of wiping away a stripe, the eraser just removes one colored sticker.
3. Have an adult man each color station, and have them in charge of giving out the stripes.


1. Make sure everyone knows that they need to leave the paint sticks at their hiding space; no one should ever remove a paint stick from its hiding spot.
2. The larger your playing area, the more running and more fun there is.
3. Make sure the eraser keeps moving! The eraser is not allowed to stand near or guard any of the paint stick stations.

Activity Length
15 - 30 minutes
Competitive (has winners and losers)
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Mess Factor
Dustpan, please
Noise Level
Number of Players
5 to 10
10 to 20
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time
5 - 10 minutes
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)