What’s the Time Mr Wolf

What’s the Time Mr Wolf

Age: 
2-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-8 years
Participants: 
4+
Time: 
5 minutes
Setting: 
School, ECEC
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Mark out the designated area with cones
  • All children start side-by-side across one end of the space
  • Choose a Wolf and have them stand ~10m from children, facing away

Description:

Players chant the following as a group; “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?”.

The Wolf then chooses a time between 1 and 12 o’clock and tells group “It is 5 o’clock”.

Choose a mode of travel eg stepping, jumping, hopping, skipping or animal walks and players must complete designated amount of steps in the direction towards the Wolf.

Once the children start getting close to the Wolf, the Wolf calls out ‘Dinner Time’ and the Wolf chases the group back to the start line.

The player the Wolf catches becomes the new Wolf.

Variations:

  • Change the mode of locomotion to jump, hop, skip, gallop, animal walks etc.
  • Choose a wolf by asking children to make scary faces – choose the scariest
  • Coach chooses the new wolf each time as otherwise children may try and get caught

Teaching Points:

Running

  • Keep head up and eyes looking forward
  • Keep arms bent at elbow and use ‘hip-to-lip’ action with hands

Confidence

  • Ensure the Wolfuses a loud voice
  • Give those who struggle with choosing 2times to choose from

Skipping

  • Step-hop
  • Step forward and hop
  • Look ahead
  • Keep body facing forward
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