What Time is It, Mr.Wolf is a classic game that lots of teachers introduce to their students as a beginner game. There’s lots of games that are not only fun, but can be very educational to younger students at the same time. Today we’re going to get into 4 in-school games that we recommend or that you can even try at home with your children!


1. What Time Is It, Mr Wolf?

The wolf (person selected) who is telling the time has to stand at one end of the garden everyone else stands and waits at the other end of the garden.

The students must ask the wolf “What time is it Mr Wolf?” The wolf then proceeds to tell them a time. e.g. “It is 3 o Clock”, then the students take three steps towards the wolf.

This time telling tasks is then repeated until the wolf shouts “It’s dinner time”, then tries to catch one of the students running back to the place where they came from.

If a student is caught, they become the “wolf” and the procedure repeats. 

2.  Please Mr.Crocodile, Can We Cross The River

All of the students stand beside each other at one side of the room, facing the other side. The chosen “Mr.Crocodile” has to stand in the middle of the room.

The students yell, “Please Mr Crocodile may we cross the river? If not, why not, what’s your favourite colour?”

The chosen “Mr.Crocodile” has to then yell out one colour and any students wearing that colour are safe to walk through “Mr.Crocodile” to the opposite side of the room.

Once “safe” students have passed to the other side of the room, the students not wearing the colour chosen must try to run across to the safe area without being caught by Mr Crocodile.

Any player that gets caught by Mr.Crocodile becomes the Crocodile and the game repeats.


3. Duck, Duck, Goose

Put the students in a circle facing each other and have them sit down.

One student gets to be “It”, and slowly walks around the circle and taps on every other students shoulder saying they’re “Duck”. 

Whenever the It player decides, they tap one player on the shoulder and yell “Goose!” – Then the student selected as “Goose” stands up and runs around the other players in the circle to catch It. If the It player gets around the circle and sits down before the Goose player tags them, they become the Goose.

If the Goose does tag It, the tagged student sits in the the middle of all the other students and Goose becomes It for the next round. The student remains It until a Goose is tagged to replace them.


4. Four Square

Four square is a 4 player game that includes a ball to play. Each student is put into a square that is divided into four quadrants.

The objective is for each student to eliminate each other, and this is done so by bouncing the ball back and forth at each others quadrants. 

If a player hits a ball into another players quadrant, and it bounces out of the square, that player is eliminated. The player must deflect the ball back into any of the other three quadrants for them to be considered safe.

If a player is eliminated, they must leave the square until there is only one last player standing. Once there is one player standing, then the game resets and play can resume. 


Oak Learners has great day school and tutoring options. You can check out the day school where students learn all kinds of skills including getting back into the groove for back to school. If you want personalized one on one tutoring online or in person sessions as well, Oak Learners offers private tutoring here!

Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
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