Podcast

Buttons & Figs

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about playing with words.

Episodes

  • extra! extra! - Carnation Celebration! a one-sided phone conversation

    Mar 20 2019

    extra! extra! They say we have an astronomical, astrological double header here, March 20th, to be clear - a Super Moon and Equinox! Only one thing is certain on this day, when the tilt is tilted in just the right way, we can hear a telephone conversation, but just one side, of a gentleman with a great deal of pride, who happens to like carnations….listen in.... For more one-sided phone conversation play, check out Chris Raschka's book, "Ring, Yo!" and of course, call Buttons & Figs at 623-282...more

  • extra! - Librarian Library Lounge - Alliteration Play at the Library

    Mar 16 2019

    extra! Welcome to the Librarian Library Lounge featuring the fabulous book recommends of Erin Meadows, librarian at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, Arizona, and the fabulous voices of kids playing with alliteration at the library. Join us here and there, or at a library near you. You can find the free downloadable activity sheet we used on Read Across America day to play with alliteration, alright? www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • Nonsensilicious - Alliteration Play

    Mar 01 2019

    Alliterate-ate-ate-ate-ate! On this Nonsensilicious episode we share a great way to remember how to play with alliteration...with our very own Buttons & Figs song! Hear the debut of "What a Word!" as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd. Find a Read Across America event near you and play with nerds...I mean words! Play-play-play-play-play-play-play

  • #35 - Palindrome Play with Jon Agee

    Feb 27 2019

    Wow, wow, wow! On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of palindromes where we get to meet the master of wordplay himself -Jon Agee. Our Buttons & Figs kids, Elle, Sophie, Samuel, Asher, Claire and Jayleigh, will define and play with palindromes and they’ll share how they used Jon Agee’s palindrome books to inspire their play AND Jon Agee will be answering their questions….like - how did you make a job out of palindromes?! Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com for more word play fun.

  • extra! - Happy Thesaurus Day!

    Feb 05 2019

    extra! extra! We've got a little extra! nonsense to celebrate Thesaurus Day! On this extra! episode we celebrate words by sharing a Thesaurus Day game YOU can play here or there and you also get to meet a few peculiar Buttons & Figs kids! AND...Be sure to call in and share YOUR list of synonyms that best describe YOU 623-282-4080. Wishing you and your family a Happy, Delightful, Cheerful, Joyous, Peaceful, Pleasant, Jubilant (Belated) Thesaurus Day from Buttons & Figs!!! Thanks for listenin...more

  • #34 - Rhyming Rocks

    Jan 29 2019

    On this episode we introduce new Buttons & Figs kids who set us sailing to the land of Rhymes...isn't it about time?! We'll be sharing three literary devices for creating rhymes, Consonance, Assonance and Rhyme, we'll have great examples of each, and we'll also try to sell you a C.A.R. so you can go far. Visit ButtonsandFigs.com for more wordplay fun.

  • extra! Happy Peculiar People Day

    Jan 11 2019

    a little extra nonsense to celebrate Peculiar People Day! What makes YOU peculiar?! So celebrate those who are different, unique! Even if sometimes they have smelly feet. Thanks for listening to me and you.

  • #33 - Adaptation Play - Arizona National Parks

    Jan 08 2019

    As we adapt to the new year, take a listen to this special episode of adaptation stories written by the 4th grade students in Ms. LaBrie's class at Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. The student's combined researched facts and scientific concepts about adaptations to create imaginary beings that have adapted to Arizona National Parks. Have fun listening closely to these stories, because they are filled with fact and fiction...see if you can tell which is which! Enjoy the unique, playful, c...more

  • Sing! Food Play with Gunnar Madsen

    Dec 11 2018

    On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of food and song with award winning children's musician Gunnar Madsen. We share a track from Gunnar's latest album, "I Am Your Food," and Gunnar shares some tips and tricks for playing with your food! The episode also features 1st graders from Ms. Allegrina's class at Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ who take up Gunnar's food play challenge by becoming the foods they like best. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com for more word play fun.

  • Full Interview with Gunnar Madsen

    Dec 09 2018

    Enjoy the full, fun interview with musician Gunnar Madsen. Learn about his inspiration for some of the songs on his latest album, "I Am Your Food" and can you guess what band influenced him when he was young? (hint: they sold wigs so kids could look like one of the members of this band!). Be sure to listen to the episode "Sing! Food Play with Gunnar Madsen" featuring the song "I Am Your Food" and you'll get to hear kids playing with their food. Enjoy.

  • extra! - National Park Wordplay - 4th grade pass

    Nov 04 2018

    On this wordplay extra! we have a real live National Park Ranger, a real live 4th grader, and a couple of funny Buttons & Figs fans who all LOVE U.S. National Parks! Sarah Stannard, Park Ranger at Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge, and Aurora, 4th grader from Washington, D.C., share fabulous information about our National Parks and the 4th Grade Pass. Ms. Sarah also shares a fun wordplay challenge played by Reese and Linnea...and hopefully by you too! Visit your parks, listen and play with words...more

  • Ghost Stories - original spookiness

    Oct 27 2018

    On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, by Nathaly and Zoe, students at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona. Nathaly shares stories from her childhood, stories of haunting, stories of mystery and asks you - do you have any ghosts stories of your own? Zoe then shared a story told by her father, about a time when a dead lizard turns a kind ghost into a ghoulish one! Happy, spooky Halloween from all of us at Buttons & Figs, a podcast f...more

  • Ghost of podcasts past: Halloween Nonsense

    Oct 23 2018

    Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2016 - Halloween Nonsense with the Kit-Kats! This was a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in Oak Park, IL. Be sure to download our spooky activity sheet filled with ideas for the season....and stay tuned....we will have more spooky stories heading your way...Bawhahahahaaaaaa! #kidslistensweeps #podghasts

  • #32 - An Odcast - Take Away Letter Play

    Oct 15 2018

    On this Odcast episode we sail our sieve to the land of letter take aways...wait, did Alex just steal the letter P from Podcast?! Join Alex, Chloe, Olivia, Sophia and Ava as they play with letter take aways. And see if you can help May and Bad solve the mystery of the missing letters. Take away play was inspired by the book, "Take Away the A" by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com for more word play fun.

  • #31 - Ballyhoo! Hyperbole Play

    Oct 01 2018

    Ballyhooooooo!!! You should listen to this episode because it's the most musical, entertaining, funny and colorful episode EVER! On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Hyperbole. Join Catherine, Ellie, Lucy, and Sophie as they define, play and plot using as much hyperbole and sound FX as humanly possible, see if you can write a hyperbolic sentence about you, and if you are looking for hyperbole inspiration, check-out Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky! Ballyhoo...more

  • Nonsensilicious - The Onomatopoeia Man

    Sep 10 2018

    On this Nonsensilicious Buttons & Figs episode The Onomatopoeia Man has a challenge for you...to see if you can make some onomatopoeia sounds too. The Onomatopoeia Man is an interactive word play song, so we hope you'll sing along. We also recommend another great kids podcast that plays with words and sounds - Noodle Loaf. For more onomatopoeia word play, listen to episode #25 of Buttons & Figs.

  • #30 - Personification Play at the Library

    Aug 14 2018

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about playing with words. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the land of personification at Phoenix Public Library's Burton Barr Central location! Phoenix Public Library hosted Buttons & Figs for an afternoon of listening to great Kids Listen podcasts and recording kid creations as they played with personification. Visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org, www.kidslisten.org and www.buttonsandfigs.com for more wordplay fun.

  • Nonsensilicious - More Collective Noun Play

    Aug 07 2018

    Nonsensilicious episodes are bite-size Buttons & Figs episodes designed to give you a taste, a treat, a wordplay challenge for the classroom, library or wherever you eat. On this short, Kyle Lukoff shares a wordplay challenge inspired by his book, "A Storytelling of Ravens." Listen and play along because a wordplay-a-day keeps the doctor away. Visit us at buttonsandfigs.com for more wordplay fun.

  • #29 - Punny Puns

    Jul 11 2018

    Lettuce sieve we can sail in our sieve to the land of punny puns! Join us for this punny episode and hear opunions and advice from none other than the 2017 O'Henry Pun Champion - Southpaw Jones! He'll be sharing some tips and tricks for how you can be punny too, and we have Buttons & Figs kids, Sophia and Angelo, sharing some groan worthy puns they found at the library. Be sure to include your podcast listening as part of your summer reading program! For more reading ideas and wordplay punne...more

  • #28 - Summer at Imagination Inn

    May 30 2018

    School's almost out, summer's almost here, let's sail away in our sieve to the land of....oh no, I think we're lost! Quick, IMAGINE a place - a castle, a cabin, a resort or an inn! Wait, no worries, no fear, Nancy Willard is here and William Blake's Inn is just beyond that bend. On this episode Nancy Willard inspires us to let our imaginations soar, Buttons & Figs kids imagine places for summer fun, and we'll share ways for you to have summer reading and listening fun at your library. For mo...more

  • #27 - A Colony of Collective Nouns

    Apr 29 2018

    Jump aboard our sieve with this army of ants, troop of baboons, bunch of bananas, swarm of bees and litter of kittens as they set sail to the land of collective nouns. On this episode we'll define collective noun, hear original collective noun poems read by a bevy of Buttons & Figs kids and we'll find out whether Inspector Fig solves the case about a misuse of a collective noun...Dunnn-da-dunt-dunt-duuuuun. for more wordplay fun visit www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • #26 - Ricochet Word Play

    Apr 08 2018

    Stop your dilly-dallying and jump aboard....we're sailing our sieve to the land of Ricochet Words! On this episode we'll explain how to play with ricochet words, we'll stop in to visit Shim-Sham the Shoe Man and our Buttons & Figs kids travel from Wibbleton to Wobbleton, making up their own ricochet words along the way. Subscribe to play with words at www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • #25 - We're Going on an Onomatopoeia Hunt

    Mar 12 2018

    We're going on an ONOMATOPOEIA hunt! We can't go over it, we can't go under it....I guess we'll have to go through it! On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in our sieve to the land of onomatopoeia words. Hear excerpts of the great Michael Rosen's "Going on a Bear Hunt," learn the meaning and how to spell this crazy word, and hear some Buttons & Figs kids come up with some great onomatopoeia words. Squawk. Squelch. Burp. Play with words at www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • #24 - I Love You Like a Simile

    Feb 14 2018

    Are you silly like a Button and nonsensical like a Fig? On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in a sieve to the land of love similes or would that be simile love?! On this special Valentine's Day episode #AllKindsofLove are expressed in simile form. Using the book "I Love You Like a Pig" by Mac Barnett we share ways to play with love similes. Join the kids in Mr. Smith’s 1st Grade class at Givins Shaw Public School in Toronto, Ontario to hear the fun ways they played with love lik...more

  • #23 - Scat Singing with Annette Lowman

    Jan 30 2018

    Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of scat singing. The great jazz singer Annette Lowman travels along sharing tips for how kids can start scat singing too. Visit buttonsandfigs.com for a free downloadable activity to help you shoo-bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop-bop-bow!

  • #22 - Wacky Waffle Nonsense - Shel Silverstein Inspires

    Jan 10 2018

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Are you a dreamer? then come on in and listen to this Wacky Waffle Nonsense episode. the nonsense on this episode was inspired by Shel Silverstein. Ms. Weck's 3rd grade class wrote and recorded their nonsense in oak park, il. each episode of Buttons & Figs features great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense that will inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever ...more

  • spooky episode - Halloween Nonsense II

    Oct 28 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Halloween episode inspired by the book "Black and Bittern Was Night" by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by John Martz. several kids act out the book, in radio theater style...well, sort of. after listening and reading this book, be sure to find this episode's free downloadable activity @ buttonsandfigs.com. Happy Halloween!

  • extra - "facts"

    Oct 10 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra with Oscar, who shared some "facts" with us at the Oak Park Public Library. Which ones are facts and which ones spark your imagination? (Unicorns DO make the best rainbows!) Thanks Oscar! we hope you'll share a little extra nonsense with us @ buttonsandfigs.com

  • #21 - Funny Girls - Interview with Betsy Bird

    Sep 30 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the land of Funny Girls! Our funny girls interview the funny librarian, author, and fellow podcaster, Betsy Bird. Be sure to check out "Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. EVER." edited by Betsy Bird, a fabulously funny middle school anthology with more than 25 female authors. Visit Buttonsandfigs.com to subscribe for more.

  • #20 - Tongue Twisters at the Library

    Aug 30 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve BACK to the library for tons of tongue twisters! The Oak Park Public Library welcomed back Buttons & Figs for an evening of podcasting and word play! Kids write their own tongue twisters inspired by "Dr. Knickerbocker and Other Rhymes" a Canadian collection of all sorts of silliness, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski. Be sure to find the free downloadable activity @ buttonsandfigs.com and write a few nonsen...more

  • #19 - Math Nonsense

    Aug 15 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail #backtoschool in a sieve with some Math Nonsense! Special co-hosts, twins Luke and Oliver, or is it Oliver and Luke?!, host this special back-to-school Math Nonsense episode, featuring verse from "Math Curse" by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Subscribe and listen for more nonsense this school year @ buttonsandfigs.com.

  • #18 - Jokes at the Library

    Jul 24 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode, sail in a sieve to the library to hear some great jokes! Oak Park Public Library hosted Buttons & Figs for an evening of podcasts and joke telling! Kids tell jokes from Michael Dahl's joke books. Sign up for #summerreading and discover more great podcasts @ buttonsandfigs.com.

  • #17 - Crazy Cars

    Jul 11 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Rev up your sieve and #hittheroad! with nonsense inspired by "Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems" by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian. Discover more great kid podcasts in this episode and @kidslisten.com. Hit the road this summer with podcasts and downloadable activities @ buttonsandfigs.com.

  • #16 - Gertrude is Gertrude

    Jun 27 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of Gertrude Stein! Listen in to hear the newly discovered audio of Gertrude Stein meeting with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century! This episode was inspired by "Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude" by Jonah Winter, pictures by Calef Brown. Discover more great nonsense @ buttonsandfigs.com.

  • #15 - Seven Wonder Flags

    Jun 12 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special episode about design thinking and the creative process. listen in as The Kit-Kats design an amusement park. this episode was created in collaboration with Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in oak park, il. visit buttonsandfigs.com to view the video of this episode. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #14 - Blackhawk Nonsense

    May 23 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Blackhawk Nonsense episode about their school year. this episode is hosted by Ms. Beljung's 2nd grade class in oak park, il. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and hopefully inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • extra - happy valentine's day

    Apr 25 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense written, recorded and produced by Charlie and Matias. Patrick the squink shares his love of capers instead of chocolates! Happy Valentine's Day! we hope you'll share a little extra nonsense with us @ buttonsandfigs.com

  • #13 - Rube Goldberg Machines

    Apr 11 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of Rube Goldberg Machines! Inspired by Rube Goldberg's cartoons, some Buttons & Figs kids design a couple of their own machines. How many cartoons do you think Rube Goldberg drew during his lifetime?! Find out the answer to this and more @ buttonsandfigs.com.

  • #12 - BFG

    Mar 20 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. Sail in a sieve to the land of giants to hear a great recommendation for Roald Dahl's book, "The BFG". Recommended by kids in the Horace Mann Elementary School Book Club. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #11 - Sandburg - Part 2

    Mar 14 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On part 2 of our Sandburg episode the kids, inspired by Rootabaga Stories, create some wacky characters of their own. be sure to check out Rootabaga Stories from a library near you, America's own fairy tales. buttonsandfigs.com

  • extra - fog

    Mar 07 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense to go along with our exploration of Carl Sandburg's works. here is a little extra poem by Sandburg, read by Luna & the Rarin'Sharin'Librarin', with background music by Christian VanCampen. we hope you'll share a little extra nonsense with us @ buttonsandfigs.com

  • #11 - Sandburg - Part I

    Mar 03 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode the kids, inspired by Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, create some wacky characters of their own. be sure to listen in for more Carl Sanburg inspired nonsense on Part II! be sure to check out Rootabaga Stories, America's own fairy tales. buttonsandfigs.com

  • extra - something

    Feb 13 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a little extra, extra nonsense. this piece was created by makai, recorded by makai, joaquin, & hannah. we hope you'll share a little extra nonsense with us @ buttonsandfigs.com

  • #10 - Limericks

    Jan 31 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. On this episode the kids share Edward Lear limericks and have some fun by becoming the characters in the limericks! be sure to download this episode's activity sheet to learn a limerick or two and write a limerick of your own, so you can join the list of great authors, from Shakespeare to Isaac Asimov to Ogden Nash, who love limericks too! buttonsandfigs.com

  • #9 - Over the Button and Through the Fig

    Jan 17 2017

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this first episode of the new year features kids making a little nonsense out of the song "Over the River and Through the Woods." be sure to download this episode's activity sheet so you can write a nonsense version of your own! buttonsandfigs.com

  • #8 - Alliteration

    Dec 12 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this episode features kids playing with alliteration and different voice styles...and a special interview with Mike from Ecuador! who shares his many versions of 'how much wood could a woodchuck chuck?' thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • Sing! About Boredom with Justin Roberts

    Nov 29 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this episode features the music of Justin Roberts and a kid-conducted interview with the musician about his new video for the song "Me and My Kangaroo." thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #7 - Dreams

    Nov 14 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #6 - Jabberwocky

    Nov 01 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • spooky episode - Halloween Nonsense

    Oct 28 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. this is a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in oak park, il. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #5 - Portmanteau Words

    Oct 18 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #4 - Alligator Pie

    Oct 03 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #3 - Moose - Alpaca

    Sep 19 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com

  • #2 - Sing a Song of Sixpence

    Sep 14 2016

    Buttons and Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are.

  • #1 - The Jumblies

    Sep 10 2016

    Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense. each episode will feature great nonsense literature recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to make a little nonsense of your own - at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. buttonsandfigs.com