Whooooo is missing?

Our children just love story book games!  We read a story during circle time and then often follow it up with some sort of learning activity or game.  We’ve played several different variations of this particular game and it is one that they never get tired of…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

The story book that inspired this game was “Little Hoot” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

If you aren’t familiar with this author, she is well known for writing children’s books with an ironic twist.  In “Little Hoot” for example, a young owl just wants to go to bed at a reasonable time, but instead his mother and father insist that he stay up late to play like other little owls.  When morning finally comes, he couldn’t be happier to fall into nest and go to sleep…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

Children just love these books because they are so silly.  Grown-ups love them because they are such sweet stories.  As an added bonus, they are really easy to incorporate into classroom fun and games!  The game we created is called, “Whoooo’s Missing?”  This game is similar to “Doggy, doggy where’s your bone?” but rather than hiding a bone, we are hiding a classmate…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

While one child leaves the circle to hide their eyes…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

Another child curls up into a ball and gets covered with a blanket.  Then all the children left in the circle yell, “Whooooo’s missing?”

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

That is the cue for the guesser to return to the circle to try to determine who is under the blanket…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

This game is good test of memory.  It took some of the children a few tries to figure out who was under the blanket, but when they did there was always a lot of laughter and excitement…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

To keep the game somewhat organized, we always had the child hiding under the blanket take their turn as the guesser next.  And in case you are wondering, all of our children happily went under the blanket.  If they didn’t want to join in, we certainly wouldn’t have made them.  This was such a fun game that they were all eager to participate…

Whoooo is missing by Teach Preschool

There are so many different ways to play this kind of game and our children love them all!

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By |2013-11-21T06:00:54+00:00November 21st, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Amanda Mason November 21, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Oh fun! We will definitely be doing this!

  2. Gayle Jacobson January 8, 2018 at 12:28 am - Reply

    It is a fun game. It is just so difficult for the children in the circle not to tell who is hiding. 3 year old class..

    • Deborah Stewart January 12, 2018 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Our littles are the same! What a “hoot” they really are:)

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