Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles ELMO: [SINGING] La la la la, la la la la, Elmo's world. La la la la, la la la la, Elmo's world. Elmo loves his goldfish, his crayon too. That's Elmo's world. Hi. This is Elmo's world. Yeah. Elmo is very happy to see you. And so is Dorothy. Say hello, Dorothy! Guess what Elmo is thinking about today? Doo-doo-doo-doo! [LAUGHING] That's right. Balls. You know, balls. Dorothy's been thinking about balls, too. And Dorothy has a question. Want Elmo to tell it? OK. [SHOUTING] How do you catch a ball? Good question, Dorothy. Let's watch Mr. Noodle catch a ball. Good question. Come on, shade. SHADE: OK. ELMO: Turn around, Mr. Noodle. CHILDREN: Turn around. ELMO: Yeah, no, you've got to turn around to catch the ball. CHILDREN: You've got to catch the ball. ELMO: Yeah, that's good, Mr. Noodle. CHILD: Clap your hands. Catch the ball. ELMO: Catch the ball. Yeah, come on, Mr. Noodle, you can do it. Almost, Mr. Noodle. Try again. Catch the ball. CHILD: You can do it. ELMO: No-- not-- where are you going? Wow. That's a big catcher's mitt. CHILD: Yeah, really big. ELMO: Boy, you're going to really catch it now. CHILD: Oh, yeah. ELMO: That's the ball, Mr. Noodle. Catch it! CHILD: Way up! CHILD: You can do it. ELMO: Look, catch it, Mr. Noodle! CHILD: Almost, almost. ELMO: Boy, it's really heavy. Where you going now? Mr. Noodle! CHILD: A butterfly net. There's no butterflies. ELMO: Oh, Mr. Noodle. You can't catch a ball with a butterfly net. CHILD: No. ELMO: Mr. Noodle. Mr. Noodle! He hit it! He hit the ball! Now he's doing baseball! Safe! Use your hands, Mr. Noodle. That's right. CHILDREN: Yeah. ELMO: You can do it! CHILDREN: Yay! ELMO: Uh-oh. Mr. Noodle. Mr. Noodle. CHILDREN: Mr. Noodle! ELMO: Dorothy wants to ask someone else. How do you catch a ball? GIRL: You have to spread your arms out and catch a ball. BOY: You put your arms out and when the ball is coming right at you, you squeeze your hands. See? BOY: Dorothy. This is how you catch a ball. ELMO: Thank you, Dorothy. Now, let's ask a baby. Baby, baby. Hello. How do you catch a ball? Thank you, baby! Mwah. And now, Elmo has a question for you. How many bounces will this ball bounce? Let's count them and see. ELMO AND CHILDREN:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. 28 bounces, yay! That as great counting, everybody. And that was some great bouncing ball. Oooh, Elmo loves some other things besides balls that bounce. And things that don't bounce, too. Want to see? Good! Drawer. Oh, ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Eggs don't bounce. But they're delicious to eat for breakfast. Babies in bouncy seats bounce. Phone books don't bounce. Birthday cakes don't bounce. Telly doesn't bounce unless he's on a pogo stick. See? Some things bounce besides balls. But what if balls weren't so bouncy? Elmo wants to know. How can Elmo find out? Oh, yeah. That's right. Elmo can watch the ball channel. TV. ANNOUNCER: The ball channel. Bouncy, bouncy balls, all the time. BALL: And now, if balls didn't bounce. Roll them. DOG: If balls didn't bounce. If balls didn't bounce, basketball would be boring and impossible. Tennis would be terrible. People would get tense and testy. Little children wouldn't be able to bounce a ball at all. CHILD: Waah. DOG: Handball would be horrible. And that is what would happen if balls didn't bounce. Bouncing is good! Sometimes it's too good. The end. ANNOUNCER: That's ball, folks. ELMO: Wait, no! But-- but-- Elmo wants to learn more about balls. Oh. How could Elmo learn more? [KNOCKING] ELMO: Huh? Who could that be? BALL: Hi. ELMO: Hi! BALL: Want to talk to a ball? ELMO: Yeah! Elmo can talk to a ball. BALL: Well, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a beach ball. ELMO: Well, is it fun being a beach ball? BALL: Oh, oh. It's a ball. ELMO: Ha ha ha! That's funny. BALL: Hey, see how light and airy I am. Go ahead, pick me up. Huh, huh? ELMO: Yeah. BALL: I'm filled with lots of air, all inside me. And you see? That helps me to bounce up and down. ELMO: Oh, oh. Well, Elmo knows all about bouncing. BALL: Really? ELMO: Elmo likes to bounce up and down too. BALL: Let's see. Good bouncing, Elmo. And it's fun, too. ELMO: Yeah! What else-- what else do balls do besides bouncing? BALL: Ah, well, balls roll. Yeah, watch this. ELMO: OK. BALL: Wow. Wow. Wow. Whoa. ELMO: How does a ball do that? BALL: Oh, well, you see, I'm round. Yeah, that's how. ELMO: Oh, yeah, like a circle. Exactly. Yeah. FOOTBALL: Hey, not all balls are round, you know. ELMO: Who said that? BALL: Oh, that's football. FOOTBALL: See. I'm not completely round like that beach ball. ELMO: Yeah. Elmo sees that. Is it fun to be a football? FOOTBALL: Eh, I get my kicks. BALL: Hey, you know, there are lots of different kinds of balls for playing lots of different kinds of games. FOOTBALL: 4, 18, 22, hike. BALL: Yeah, footballs are for playing football. ELMO: Oh, wow. Oh, look, look, look. Dorothy is imagining Elmo playing football. Yay! Yay! ANNOUNCER: There are ping pong balls for playing ping pong. ELMO: Hey! ANNOUNCER: There are golf ball for playing golf. ELMO: Fore! ANNOUNCER: And miniature golf. ELMO: Ah. BALL: You see? You couldn't play any of those games without balls. Nobody could. ELMO: Hey, hey hey. Elmo wanted to find out what a beach ball would look like without air inside. BALL: Don't look at me. ELMO: So Elmo made a video with this camera. It's called "Squishing The Air Out of A Beach Ball," by Elmo. TV, TV where are you? There you are. HARRY: Here we go. Ah ha. Ta da! ELMO: And that's squishing the air out of a beach ball. HARRY: Hi, mom. ELMO: Good squishing, Harry. HARRY: Thanks. ELMO: Thank you, TV. Oh, boy. Look at that. Elmo likes the beach ball better with lots of air in it. It's more fun to play with, and it bounces better. Look. And Elmo really likes to play ball. Some of Elmo's friends like to play ball, too. Elmo's friend Michelle played catch with her daddy the other day. Michelle told Elmo all about it. Michelle went to the beach to play catch with her daddy. Catch is a good game to play outside. Michelle's daddy threw Michelle the ball. She almost caught it. Michelle is still learning. Uh-oh. Oops, almost. The whole thing about playing catch is you have to catch it and throw it. Nice catch, Michelle. It takes a lot of practice. Michelle caught the ball! Yay, Michelle! Michelle is getting better and better. Yeah. They play catch for a while, then Michelle's daddy caught Michelle. Good catch, Daddy. And that's how Elmo's friend played ball. Elmo really likes balls, too. So does Dorothy. That's why Dorothy wants to sing the ball song. Yay! Here we go. [SINGING] Doo-doo-doo, ball, ball, ball. Ball, ball, ball. Ball, ball, ball, ball, ball. Ooh, there's the word ball. Follow the bouncing ball and sing if you want to. [SINGING] Ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball. [SHOUTING] Ball! Ball! Ball! [SINGING] Ball, ball, ball. Ball, ball, ball. Ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball, ball. Ball, ball, ball. Good bye, ball.