10 to 30 or more players. Indoors; out of doors.
This is an admirable game for very little children. Their dramatic tendency should be given full rein in impersonating the soft movements of the kitty and mousie before the chase begins.
Kitty White so slyly comes,
To catch the Mousie Gray;
But mousie hears her softly creep;
And quickly runs away.
Run, run, run, little mouse,
Run all around the house;
For Kitty White is coming near,
And she will catch the mouse, I fear.
One player is chosen for the mouse and stands in the center, and another for Kitty White, who stands outside of the circle. The other players join hands in a ring and move around, while singing the first four lines.
Meanwhile Kitty White is creeping around outside of the circle, peeping in at little Mousie Gray. When the fourth line is reached, “And quickly runs away,” the circle stops moving and drops hands while the mouse runs out and in through the circle, chased by Kitty White.
For the last four lines, while the chase is going on, the players in the circle stand in place and clap their hands while singing “Run, run,” etc.
When the mousie is caught, both return to the circle, and another mouse and kitty are chosen.
Excerpt from the book:
GAMES FOR THE PLAYGROUND, HOME, SCHOOL AND GYMNASIUM BY JESSIE H. BANCROFT
New York, THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1922