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Little Red

  • Game Designer: Patti Harju
  • Content Area: Language Arts, Reading
  • Recommended Ages: Elementary
  • Ideal Group Size: Whole Class
  • Suggested Time: 45 minutes

Little Red needs our help!

The wolf has locked her out of grandma’s cottage. He changed the combination to the door lock so she won’t be able to get inside and warn Grandma that he is on his way to gobble her up! (Grandma is taking her nap right now so she won’t hear knocking or the phone either.)  Now Little Red is pretty smart and she figured out how to trick the wolf into taking the long route to Grandma’s cottage. It will take the wolf 45 minutes to get there, so Little Red needs you to work quickly and help her figure out the combination to the lock. The clues and the boxes around the room will help you figure out the combination so you can unlock the cottage and warn grandma!

3-DIGIT LOCK = 1-4-6

4-DIGIT LOCK = 3-4-2-7



Breakout EDU box with hasp and Word lock, 4 digit lock, Directional lock and key lock, 3 digit lock box. Final puzzle is cut in 2 pieces and split between the two boxes.

3 Digit Lock Box -  146

Add the muffins in the basket. Print 8 muffins. Write the numbers and the word in invisible ink.
Write 33, 3, 10, 50, 25, 25, ADD

This will tells players to add the numbers together to get 146  - the 3 digit lock combination.

You can put out two sets of muffins to let two groups work it at once. Will need two UV Flashlights.  Have each set of muffins printed on a different color of paper. (Or print as is and put a different color of construction paper on the back to indicate different groups.)

Kindergarten and First Grade Option: Print 6 pieces of muffins. Write the digits 1, 4 and 6 each on one muffin with invisible ink. Leave the other muffins blank.

You could also change the math to fit your class.

4 Digit Lock Box

(Thank you Kim Alvardo for the clue idea!)

Coordinate grid numbers.

Students connect the ordered pairs and read the number that is shown. This is the 4 digit combination.

Directional Lock   down, left, left, right, down, up

Put the events of the story in order. Arrows in order are the combination to the directional lock.

Key Lock

Rebus Puzzle -- Find the red Flower. Have paper flowers around the room. Hide the key near a red one. You may have more than one red flower.

Word Lock - SNARL

Print the QR code and put it near the box with the URL. You may also choose to have the article up on a computer or iPad. 
National Geographic Wolf - http://bit.ly/redWOLF

My 2nd graders kept scrolling down to the videos. I added  “read all about it” to the QR code to let them know to read the article. The article lists several ways that wolves communicate, and more than one may be spelled with the Word Lock. Snarl is the last one listed. If they click on the upper right corner to view the slide show in full screen, they will have an easier version of the article, which will give them the same information.


They will collect a piece of the final puzzle from each box. When they put it together and do the math, they will have the combination for the Final Door Lock. Make sure to to cut the pieces so the necessary information is on different pieces.

URL for final door lock  http://goo.gl/forms/5uxEdlzxYm Or you may use the LOCKS APP.





Email info@breakoutedu.com if you have any questions. 


literature, fairy tale, reading, math