1. Tarp or tablecloth to protect playing area
  2. Assorted candies: gummy rings, Swedish fish, gummy worms, Nerds, Red Hots, Good and Plenty
  3. Bowls for candy; 1 bowl per type of candy and 1 set of bowls per team
  4. Chopsticks; 1 pair per team
  5. "Bento boxes"; I like to use french fry boats, but you can use paper plates or anything else you like
  6. Strip of fabric (optional) 3 feet long, 3 - 4 inches wide (1 per team or 1 per player, if worried about things like lice)
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1. Cover playing areas.
2. Distribute candy into bowls. Each team needs one full set of bowls.
3. Set candy bowls in a line, 1 set for each team. Lay 1 set of chopsticks, 1 strip of fabric (optional), and 1 bento box per team member at the end of the table.
4. Divide your players into even teams. Line up 10 feet away from team table.
5. Pick one person to be the chairman. Place them in a chair facing the team table(s) at the far end of the table(s).

How to Play: 

1. On "Go!" the first person from each team runs to their table, grabs their piece of fabric, ties it around their head, bows ceremonially (very important) to the "chairman," picks up the chopsticks and a bento box, and then begins to create their bento box with the following ingredients. (It's very important that they get all the ingredients, and that they only use the chopsticks to transfer ingredients).
2 pieces of sushi (gummy rings)
5 pieces of rice (white Good and Plenty)
2 eels (gummy worms)
3 fish (Swedish fish)
20 fish eggs (Nerds or Red Hots)
2. Once the bento box is complete, the player runs to the chairman, bows -- and once the chairman has bowed back -- runs to the front of the table, lays down the chopsticks and the head band, and returns to the line.
3. Once the player returns to the line (with their bento box) the next player goes. Players are free to eat the goodies from their bento boxes.
4. Play continue until everyone on each team has gone.


1. Change up the candies to fit your tastes.
2. Instead of using candy, use real food, such as the makings for mini pizzas or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... then let players eat their creations for lunch or dinner.


1. Remind players only to use their chopsticks.
2. If you are worried about lice, cut out the headbands, or make one for each player.
3. Remind players to bow before they begin and to bow at the end.
4. If there is a team with an uneven number of players, just have one person from that team go twice.

Activity Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor: 
Dustpan, please
Noise Level: 
Number of Players: 
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Team Division: 
Every man for himself (individual players)