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Furthermore, we have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security.

George F Kennan (19042005)

Policy Planning Study 23
US State Department, 1948

Fast Food Tag

Choice Card: Fast Food Tag
Target:
Listening, Reacting saying, "Would you like.."
Age:
children and up
Duration:
2-5 minutes
Class Size:
Large
Energy Level:
high
Type:
Active co-operative game
Equipment:
None, but requires space
fun
chant
listen
chase

This is a team tag game. Players find themselves swapping from one team to another. With a large group, and it's best played with a large group it can go on for ever. It's advisable to have a timer handy.

Procedure:

  1. Divide the players into two teams (Mustard and Ketchup).
  2. Create a safe zone for the mustard team at one end of the play area and a safe zone for the ketchup team the other.
  3. Teams line up facing each other in the middle of the room.
  4. All the players call out to the game leader, "Would you like fast food or slow food?"
  5. The leader chooses and calls out the answer. If slow food players will move in slow motion. If fast players will move quickly.
  6. All the players then call out, "Would you like mustard or ketchup?"
  7. If the leader says, "Mustard!" the ketchup team chase the mustard team.
  8. If the leader says, "Ketchup!" The Mustard team chase the ketchup team.
  9. Any player tagged changes sides. Teams line up and start from the beginning.
  10. In addition to answering ketchup or mustard the game leader may also say, "Neither!" Any player that runs must change sides.
  11. The Game leader acts as umpire and may tell players who forget to move in slow motion to change sides.
  12. Play to a time limit or until everyone has had enough!
  13. As an alternative to "Would you like...?" players could ask "Do you want...?"