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As part of our “Best Summer Ever” series over the summer, we held a DIY Paint War. We had a great turn out and had a lot of fun.

How we made the Paint:

We mixed 1 pound corn starch (about a $1 a pound at Sam’s Club) to 1 pound powdered tempera paint (Colorations brand from

How we made it work:

Our event was America themed, so we only used red and blue. We put about a half a pound of each color in Ziploc bags, with the plan to give everyone a half a pound of each color. We had our students divided into 4 teams. We created a square on the field and had one team with red face a team with blue (the other 2 teams watched). Then the other two teams faced each other. The third round was all four teams against each other. We had enough paint to do a fourth round as well. Doing it in rounds ensured that the war wasn’t over in 30 seconds. We passed out paint to everyone before the rounds.

Our leaders had squirt bottles (similar to ketchup bottles) that held 1 pound of paint. They participated by squirting everyone and the bottles worked great.

At the end we had a ladder out and had a hose that was misting water… it allowed the paint to become more vibrant and for the students to clean up a bit.

Here’s a video:



I read this quote the other day:

“Aim to be an example that people can aspire to, while still being a person that people can relate to.”

In a nutshell, this is leadership.

Jesus is one that we aspire to be like, and He is also someone that we can relate to.

Many great leaders are easy to aspire to be like. Some have great poise. Others use great words. Most have the ability to get people into action and make a difference.

The problem is that many great leaders set themselves apart from their followers. And that makes them hard to relate to.

That’s not Jesus.

We should always remember that no matter our influence, the people we influence want to relate with us. That’s why we have relationships.

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Also… 1 Peter 5:3 “…be examples to the flock”

Great words for all young (or young at heart) leaders.