The children join hands in a ring and skip to their right. The leader, who is outside, skips in the opposite direction. he begins the song and the ring sings each line back to him. As the leader says "Charlie caught a blackbird" he touches one of those in the ring and begins to run around the ring. The child who was touched tries to catch him. If the leader can get around the ring to the empty place, the other child becomes the leader. if not, he remains on the outside. The song continues and tall the children take part as the leader.
This game is almost the same as the more familiar Drop the Handkerchief, but all the children take part, either by their singing or by the more active part of the ring. (In Drop the Handkerchief the circle does not move.)
Another way of playing this game is for the leader to be in the center of the circle, blindfolded. On the line "Charlie caught a blackbird", the circle squats, moving about from side to side, as the leader attempts to find one of the children.
Tone Set: s, d r m
Scale: do tetratonic
Game: Chasing; "it" in the middle
Grade: Pre-school, Kindergarten, 1st