Last month’s Game for Kids post (How to Play Please Mr Crocodile) was so popular that I thought I would share another common collaborative game that children in Australia enjoy – What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? Here’s how to play…
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
Number of players: 2+ (the more the merrier!)
Recommended Age: 3+ years
Equipment needed: None
One child is chosen to be Mr (or Mrs) Wolf. He stands a good distance (3+ metres) away from the other players with his back to them.
The other players stand side by side in a line, facing Mr Wolf’s back. All together they call out, “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”
Mr Wolf then selects and calls out an o’clock time (between 1 and 12) and the other players take the selected number of steps towards Mr Wolf. For example, “3 o’clock,” would mean the players take three steps towards Mr Wolf.
These two actions are repeated resulting in the other players moving closer and closer to Mr Wolf.
When Mr Wolf is ready (usually when the other players are getting close), he changes his response to the question, “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” to “Dinnertime!”
At this cue, all of the players must turn around and race back to the starting position with Mr Wolf chasing after them to try and catch his dinner. The player who is caught becomes the next Mr Wolf and the game continues.
What is your favourite group game for kids?