What it is: A way fun variation of capture the flag. (So if you don’t know how to play capture the flag, it’d be a good idea to head on over to that post and read through it first.)

Best for: Big group of at least 10 players.

What you need: You’ll need two flags. And you’ll need somewhere to play. While a forested area or park is often fun for regular capture the flag, flour bomb capture the flag works best in a flat, open area, like a big parking lot or a field or yard. Oh, and it’s also best when played during the daylight.

Then you need people to play, preferably all wearing dark-colored clothing. You could have one team in black shirts and one team in navy blue shirts, for instance. But the different colored t-shirts aren’t necessary. White t-shirts, however, make this game not nearly as fun.

Finally, you’ll need flour bombs. You’re going to want at least as many flour bombs as you have players, but it would be better to have double that, maybe more.

So, what’s a flour bomb? It’s just a handful of flour packed inside a tied-off portion of panty hose.


When you throw the flour bomb at someone, it leaves a white mark on their shirt. Think of it as a painless, easy, kid-friendly version of paintballs.

To make your flour bombs, gather up as many old pairs of panty hose as you can find, or purchase some cheap ones. Cut each leg into, oh, three or four pieces. Then make sure that each piece is closed at one end (the toe pieces will already be like this; for the middle pieces of the leg, just tie a knot in one end). Then carefully put about a cup of flour into each portion of panty hose and tie off the other end. Try to make your bombs as packed as possible, not too floppy. And voila! You have flour bombs. They’re pretty messy to assemble and store, so don’t try to make them in your living room. And it’s nice to store them in a big bucket.

How to play: Game play is the same as regular capture the flag, with one difference: instead of tagging other players, you peg them with flour bombs. To start, at the beginning of the game, put all of the flour bombs on the dividing line between the two teams. Have players line up on their side equal distances from the dividing line. When someone yells “go,” all players can make a run for the flour bombs and grab as many as they can. Then hang onto your flour bombs until you want to use them to peg someone. When you’re out of flour bombs, pick up more from the ground.

You can’t peg members from the opposing team while they’re on their side, of course. And you can’t be pegged while you’re on your side. The white marks left by the flour bombs will help settle disputes as to whether someone was pegged or not (which is why white t-shirts are just no fun). Also, if you’re wearing dark shirts, you can all line up at the end of the game and see who got pegged the worst.

You might want to outlaw gathering and hoarding flour bombs, too (or maybe that’s fair game in your game; you decide). And one important rule: No pegging players’ faces or heads. Though when we played, the end of the game often turned into simply a free-for-all peg-each-other-with-flour-bombs activity, which inevitably turned into a free-for-all open-the-flour-bombs-and-dump-them-in-each-other’s-hair flour fight. Ah, good times. This was an annual tradition for my youth group at church. Lots of fun.

Variations: Ooh, I’ve never played this way and I’m not quite sure how it would work, but wouldn’t it be kind of fun to somehow add colored chalk to your flour so each team could have their own colored bombs? That way might even be fun with more than two teams (and definitely white t-shirts). There are also other variations of regular capture the flag, like playing at night with glow sticks.


  1. Great game!! A really neat way to revive a fun, but overplayed game! Can’t wait to try this with the kids at my summer camp =)

  2. Is Possible to do this with water balloons/paint balloons as well? My only concern with the paint is throwing them at people’s faces, but they could wear goggles? Opinions please

    1. Emma, I’ve never tried either. I think the water balloons would work just fine. Everyone would probably end up wet all over, but that tends to happen with the flour bombs as well. 🙂 I’m not sure about paint balloons. I’ve actually never even made paint balloons. I would agree with you about the paint getting in the eyes. Even if players aren’t intentionally aiming for each other’s faces, accidents happen. Maybe it would be best to stick with water?

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