"I went to your site to see the Portuguese game (Lençinho da Botica), and indeed it is a very old circle game. and so, the words of the song can be very different because of the oral transmission. I remember singing something like this..." -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".


"Looking on the net, I saw different lyrics too." -Ana

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ana Ruellon for sharing this game song and translating it.