Playground Games Explained – What’s the Time Mr Wolf?

Stage 1 What's the Time Mr Wolf?

Stage 1

What’s the Time? Mr Wolf is a  game requires a minimum of three players and there is no maximum number. Children of all ages can play this game. The school playground is an ideal location for this game to be played.

One child is chosen to be Mr Wolf and he or she stands on their own top of Mr Wolf’s head facing away from the game. All the other children stand in a line behind the No 1 position on the ladder facing Mr Wolf.

 

 

Whats' the Time Mr Wolf? Stage 2

 

Stage 2

All the children chant Whats the time Mr Wolf?” and Mr Wolf answers any time between 1 o’clock and 12 o’clock. If for example Mr wolf says 3 o’clock all the children step forward 3 paces to ladder number 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Whats' the Time Mr Wolf? Stage 3

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 3

The children repeat their chant “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” and Mr Wolf who is still facing away from the rest of the children answers again with another time. The children move forward one step of the ladder for each hour, for example if Mr Wolf calls out 10 o’clock they all step forward 7 steps to 10 o’clock.

 

 

 

 

 

Whats' the Time Mr Wolf? Stage 4

 

 

 

Stage 4

When Mr Wolf feels that the children are close and they chant “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” he shouts “Dinner Time!”, turns around and runs as fast as he or she can to tag (touch) one of the other children who try to run away.  Whoever is tagged becomes Mr Wolf and the game starts again.

 

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