"This Portuguese game is a very old circle game, and so, the words of the song can be very different because of oral transmission." -Ana Ruellon

Game Instructions

The children sit in a circle. The person who is "It" goes around the outside of the circle holding a handkerchief while all of the kids are singing the song. Eventually, she drops the handkerchief behind a child's back. That child has to pick up the handkerchief and chase the one who's "It" around the circle until the one who's "It" takes the 2nd child's spot. The second child is now "It". If the one who's "It" is caught first, she continues being "It". If the child sitting doesn't notice the handkerchief behind his back he has to go into the center of the circle.

"In Portugal, the child that is caught and goes in the middle is called 'pata choca' (mother duke)." -Ana