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What time is it, Tricky Wolf?


Physical: dodge the person trying to tag you, reaction time, upper and lower limb coordination, agility

Cognitive: selective attention, visual processing

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

3 or more




  1. assign one child to be the wolf who stands about 10m away from the other children
  2. the other children ask the wolf, “what time is it Tricky Wolf?”
  3. the wolf responds with a number between 1-12 or they can say “dinner time”
  4. when the wolf says “dinner time” all the children run back towards the starting line and the wolf tries to tag them

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: require the wolf and the other children to stay at least 1m (or further or closer) from each other until the wolf says “dinner time” to decrease physical demand

Change the equipment: have the wolf wear some sort of “mark” (i.e., pinny) so the dodgers can see them easily to decrease cognitive demand 

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have all the children hop on one leg after the wolf says “dinner time” to increase physical demand

Change the equipment: use equipment/cones as obstacles that children need to dodge as they are running to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • child will be able to dodge 2 tagging attempts when running back to the starting line
  • I can be the wolf when partnered with a friend

Activity adapted from video above.