Drop The Handkerchief
Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium
Category: MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVE GAMES
_10 to 30 or more players._
_Indoors; out of doors._
All of the players but one stand in a circle. The odd player runs
around on the outside of the circle, carrying a handkerchief, which he
drops behind one of the circle players. The main idea of the game is
to take the circle players unaware with this. Those who form the ring
must look toward the center, and are not allowed to turn their heads
as the runner passes them. The one who runs around with the
handkerchief will resort to various devices for misleading the others
as to where he drops it. For instance, he may sometimes quicken his
pace suddenly after dropping the handkerchief, or at other times
maintain a steady pace which gives no clew.
As soon as a player in the circle discovers that the handkerchief has
been dropped behind him, he must pick it up and as rapidly as
possible chase the one who dropped it, who may run around the outside
of the circle or at any point through or across the circle, his object
being to reach the vacant place left by the one who is chasing him.
The circle players should lift their hands to allow both runners to
pass freely through the circle. Whichever player reaches the vacant
place first stands there, the one left out taking the handkerchief for
the next game.
This is one of the oldest known games and is found throughout
the world. The writer has heard it described by Cossacks,
Japanese, Italians, and people of many other nationalities.
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