Normally you don’t catch a tennis ball – you whack it with a racquet. And if you did try to catch a tennis ball, you’d use your hands, not a bucket. And even if you DID use a bucket, you wouldn’t hold it on top of your head. But this guy caught 98 tennis balls in a big plastic bucket on his head in just 1 minute. OK, seems silly, but he set a world record!

*Wee ones: *Can you count more than 5 tennis balls in the picture?

*Little kids: *If you catch 3 balls in your hands, 2 in the bucket and 1 in your mouth, how many balls do you catch in total?* Bonus: *As he caught the last of the 98 balls, what were the last 5 numbers he counted?

*Big kids: *The tennis ball tosser had to throw 123 balls for the buckethead to catch 98. How many balls were thrown but missed? *Bonus: *If 2 more balls had been thrown and they were caught, what fraction of the balls would have been caught?

Answers:

*Wee ones: *We bet you can! Count them up as you point.

*Little kids: *6 balls. *Bonus: *94, 95, 96, 97, 98.

*Big kids: *25 balls. You can count up 2 from 98 to 100, then it’s 23 more from 100 to 123; 2 + 23 = 25. *Bonus: *4/5. 2 more balls thrown and caught makes 98 + 2 = 100 caught, out of 123 + 2 = 125 thrown.100/125 = 4/5.