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Drop the Handkerchief

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A take on todays “Duck Duck Goose”.

The book also attaches a nursery rhyme to this game that I only remember hearing as part of a jingle selling kids toys on the television. Never thought that it might have really been part of a game at one point.

Also, The Tulane University Ornithological Society is attempting to break the current Guinness World Record for Duck Duck Goose.

The attempt will be made on April 21, 2007 and will be used to raise proceeds for the Audubon Nature Institute.

Drop the Handkerchief

A ring is formed by the players joining hands, whilst one child, who is to “drop the handkerchief,” is left outside. He walks round the ring, touching each one with the handkerchief, saying the following words:

A tisket, a tasket
A green and yellow basket,
I wrote a letter to my love,
But on my way, I dropped it;
A little child picked it up
And put it in his pocket.

He must drop the handkerchief behind one of the players, who picks it up and tries to catch him before he can run around the ring and jump into the vacant place. As soon as this happens, the first player joins the ring, whilst it is now the turn of the second to “Drop the handkerchief.”

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Image © dpade @ Flickr, ShareAlike

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