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What’s the time Mr. Wolf?


What’s the time Mr. Wolf?

What to do with this activity?

"What's the time Mr. Wolf?" is a chasing game for a group of children that involves a bit of counting and talk of time of day.  

1) Let the kids decide which child is Mr. Wolf, and that child stands at one end with their back to the other children.

2) The other children stand at the opposite end and shout "What's the time Mr. Wolf?"

3) Mr. Wolf answers with different times - "one o'clock" or "eight o'clock" for instance.

4) The children take that number of steps toward Mr. Wolf - eight steps for eight o'clock, and so on.

5) The children ask again, "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" and take the right number of steps again, always getting closer to Mr. Wolf. 

6) When Mr. Wolf feels like it, he (or she) answers "dinnertime" and starts chasing the other children. 

7) The first to be caught becomes the next Mr. Wolf. 





  • Why am I doing this?

    Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field.  Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.

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