What would happen if you never had your hair cut? A hiker in Australia found a wild sheep that had grown so much extra wool, he became the size of a refrigerator. So champion sheep shearer Ian Elkins stepped in and sheared (cut off) all 89 pounds of the wool. The sheep, now named Chris, weighs half as much as before the haircut!

*Wee ones:* We like to think of sheep as white and fluffy. Find 4 white things in your room, and point to the biggest one.

*Little kids:* If your hair is 10 inches long and you cut off 4 inches, what numbers do you say to count down to the new length? *Bonus:* If you can make 20 sweaters from all that wool and you’ve knitted all but 1 of them, how many have you already knitted?

*Big kids:* If Ian started shearing at 3:08 pm and took 45 minutes, when did he finish? *Bonus:* If after losing the 89 pounds of wool Chris weighed just half as much, how much did he weigh with the wool?

*The sky’s the limit: *If Chris started with 3 pounds of wool at the end of March, and each month the weight of the wool doubled, in what month would he have reached 89 pounds of wool?

Answers:*Wee ones:* Items might include pillows, sheets, shirts, socks, sneakers, and toys.

*Little kids:* 9, 8, 7, 6. *Bonus:* 19 sweaters.

*Big kids:* At 3:53 pm. *Bonus:* 178 pounds.

*The sky’s the limit:* In August He would have 6 pounds in April, 12 in May, 24 in June, 48 in July, and 96 by the end of August, and 89 falls between 48 and 96.