One person starts out as "it' and the other players form a circle surrounding her. They sit cross legged.
All members of the circle sit with their knees touching. The left hand forms a "cup" shape, (palm up) and is placed on the person to their left's right knee (so each person has someone else's left hand on their right knee.) The right hand is made into a clenched position ( as though hiding something.)
One person starts with a twig small enough to be concealed in their right hand. The person who is "it" must know where the stick is starting.
It is imperative that the players have the motion down-pat before the actual game is played.
They must all start with their right hand in the cupped hand of the player whose hand is on their right knee, then everyone at the same time moves their right hand into their own left hand, then back to the other hand, then back to their own hand.
The stick is passed from one player to the next, but must be concealed to the best of their abilities (especially during the actual passing of the stick.)
After the song is sung once through, the person who is "it" can begin to guess who has the stick. When they successfully guess, those two players switch places. Half the fun is trying to conceal the stick--the other half is pretending you have it when you really don't!!
The song is as follows, each line break represents the hands going from side to side
to keep poor
(say name of player in center)
This song is repeated until the person guesses where the stick is. No fair hiding the stick!!