We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.

Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)

National Book Foundation speech, 2014

Fast Food Tag

Choice Card: Fast Food Tag
Listening, Reacting saying, "Would you like.."
children and up
2-5 minutes
Class Size:
Energy Level:
Active co-operative game
None, but requires space

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.


  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...?"