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Buttons & Figs

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

Episodes

  • WWW - Fortunately - Unfortunately

    Oct 20 2020

    We have 3 rounds of the game Fortunately, Unfortunately! Fortunately is an adverb that means to be fortunate...or lucky! Unfortunately...well, that means the opposite (wah-wah-wah-waaah) Each player adds a sentence to a story that evolves and grows, but each sentence must start with either the word Fortunately or Unfortunately. We’ll start each round...then YOU continue the play with friends or family. We’ll tell you when to hit pause at the end of each round. The idea of the game is to co...more

  • The Spirit of Halloween

    Oct 15 2020

    I'm afraid our Halloween musical has been interrupted by an emergency holiday announcement....but wait, who's that at the door?! The Spirit of Halloween written by mark pena lyrics & vocals by mark pena audio produced by pamela rogers & blaise collins sfx by Zapsplat

  • WWW - Oxymorons

    Oct 14 2020

    Well, I received a letter from my Dear Aunt Agnes and it has so many oxymorons in it, so I can’t figure out WHAT she’s trying to tell me! Can you help identify all of the Oxymorons? What's an oxymoron you ask? Oxymorons are when you place two words next to each other that seem to contradict each other, or have opposite meanings, but when used together, they have meaning! For example, Jumbo Shrimp is an oxymoron….because Jumbo means big and Shrimp means small, but together, it means a something ...more

  • WWW - Add A Rhyme

    Oct 07 2020

    On this episode of Wacky Wordplay Wednesday we're going to play with RHYMES! Who doesn't like to have a good time with a mighty good rhyme?! In this game you'll be listening to our rhyming verse so you can Add A Rhyme when I say it's time! Your challenge…ADD A RHYME. (Wacky, quacky, badacky rhymes get extra points, said I) Get ready to play - ADD A RHYME! visit www.buttonsandfigs.com and look for Wacky Wordplay Wednesdays to see these rhymes written out, so you can take your time playing ADD A ...more

  • Halloween is Coming - What Can I Be?

    Oct 06 2020

    What Can I Be? Now that Halloween is Coming it's time to figure it out! Here's a little treat, with a little beat, about a boy figuring out what he wants to be this Halloween. What Will You Be this Halloween?! Hmmm? written by mark pena lyrics & vocals by mark pena audio produced by pamela rogers & blaise collins sfx by Zapsplat

  • WWW - Noun Town

    Sep 29 2020

    What’s in Noun Town you ask?! Well, Noun Town has people and animals, places, and things! Noun Town always has ideas, but only on Tuesdays. You are about to hear actual headlines read from the Noun Town Newspaper archives. Your challenge is to write down all the Nouns in each headline! Ready to learn a bit about the goings on in Noun Town? Are you sure? http://buttonsandfigs.com/www-noun-town-news/ Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com and look for Wacky Wordplay Wednesday to find these challenges...more

  • Halloween Is Coming!

    Sep 27 2020

    Orange & black and black & orange, You know what this all means! It’s coming! it’s coming! It’s coming! It’s coming! It's coming! It's HALLOWEEN! Buttons & Figs kids love Halloween, The best time of the year! A night to go out, paint your face, and feel and give out fear! Happy October.....Bah-ha-ha-ha-ha...Boo! written by mark pena and pamela rogers vocals by mark pena audio produced by blaise collins sfx by Zapsplat

  • extra! Super Hero Jokes for National Comic Book Day

    Sep 24 2020

    extra! extra! It's National Comic Book Day and to celebrate we have SUPER HERO KIDS telling SUPER HERO JOKES! Kids selected a joke from the "DC Super Friends Joke Book" to share with you! We recorded these jokes at the Velma Teague branch of Glendale Public Library during their LibConWest Festival. A Free Festival dedicated to celebrating comics and pop culture! Mark your calendar for this year's event...Sat Dec 5, 2020...we hope! Visit www.libconwest.org or glendaleazlibrary.com to learn mor...more

  • extra! - Woke - poems about justice with poet Mahogany Browne

    Sep 21 2020

    Before Buttons & Figs heads back into the school year with more wacky wordplay...we have an extra! episode about social justice. On this episode you'll hear three amazing poems read by Mahogany Browne from the new poetry picture book titled, "Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice." You'll also get to hear from some Buttons & Figs kids sharing their thoughts about justice. We hope hearing these poems and conversations will prompt you to talk about social justice with your family. The poems in ...more

  • Summertime Zone - Frosty Pops

    Sep 04 2020

    Two kids, two ideas. One song contest. On the back of a cereal box. Should these kids enter? Can they work together? Will they win? What is a lunar launcher? This is the last stop...in the Summertime Zone. You are now leaving the Summertime Zone. We don’t understand why you entered this kid dimension, but we are grateful you found your way into this middle ground between stupidity and wisdom, between make-believe and absurdity. May the kid dimension of stories always find its way to you. Be wel...more

  • Summertime Zone - The Incident

    Aug 31 2020

    School day. The past. The seasons were about to change, when a moment happened. An incident that caused time to stand still, a moment where you question reality. This incident could only happen...in the summertime zone. written by pamela rogers and mark pena voices by mark pena music includes pieces by mark pena & pamela rogers and turbosol https://www.youtube.com/c/95TurboSol produced by pamela rogers audio mastered by blaise collins

  • Summertime Zone - Y.U.T.

    Aug 24 2020

    You are traveling through to the kid dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but great indecision. A time when deciding on what game to play became a game in and of itself...get ready to play in the Summertime Zone! Was this fun? Next time you’re faced with indecision, try our choosing rhyme, it always works when you’re….in the Summertime Zone. written and voiced by pamela rogers and mark pena

  • Summertime Zone - Candy Eyes

    Aug 17 2020

    You are about to journey into the past, when kids took turn telling stories after a long day of play...but sometimes it landed on that kid. The kid who likes candy and slurpees. Next stop, the Summertime Zone.

  • Summertime Zone - First Day of School

    Aug 10 2020

    The time is Summer, yet it is time for school to begin. Meet Ms. Fredrickson, Occupation: 3rd grade teacher. It is her first day of school. It is 8:00 a.m….online. The journey you are about to hear could be our journey. Next stop will be….in the summertime zone.

  • The Summertime Zone - The Shadow House

    Aug 03 2020

    The Summertime Zone is a dimension of stories told by kids in Summertime. You are about to enter that dimension, a journey into the shadows of The Shadow House. We all know a house like The Shadow House. A house on our block where things go on, scary things, shadowy things, familiar things?! Next stop, the Summertime Zone.

  • The Summertime Zone - The Scariest Story

    Jul 27 2020

    This is the dimension of stories, told in Summertime. Tune in as these adults reminisce about the stories they used to tell in the summer...were their stories as scary as they say they were? Join us next time in the dimension of stories, when we travel back to when these adults were kids, so you can hear their stories and decide for yourself, join us...in The Summertime Zone! written by: pamela rogers & mark pena voices by: pamela rogers & mark pena piano arrangement by: jonny may from https:...more

  • Summertime Encore - Camp

    Jul 23 2020

    Summertime Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one about an abominable butternut squash...yes, you read that right, a squash, a butternut squash, an abominable butternut squash. Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime Encore: Cryptozoology

    Jul 15 2020

    Summertime Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. This episode is brought to you by - Cryptozoology, when regular zoology is just not crypto enough. Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime Encore: Thesaurus

    Jul 06 2020

    Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Here's some pastiche from the Thesaurus, because it's always good to have healthy options. Malapropisms are fun in the sun, capiche? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat, Italian music from Italy's open source project www.canzoneitaliana.it]

  • Summertime Encore: Homonyms

    Jun 29 2020

    Encore: Summertime is a time for summer. Here's a tasty treat of homonyms, delicious for the whole family whether in a hole during bad weather or at sea. See? You see, sea creatures love homonyms, see? Sea? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • About to Begin - Summertime Wordplay

    Jun 27 2020

    Buttons & Figs is about to begin our Summertime Series of wordplay fun! And, we have an announcement...Buttons & Figs has a new YouTube Channel that will be filling up with wordplay skits, songs, poems, and wacky summertime news...be sure to Subscribe here and there this Summertime!

  • #51 - Jabber-Walking with poet Juan Felipe Herrera

    May 08 2020

    "And, as in uffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came." Listen as poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reads this famous Lewis Carroll line, explaining it is the yeast that made his book, Jabber-Walking, rise. Jabber-Walking is a way to observe the world, inspiring kids to write poetry. On this episode, Juan shares where his love of poetry came from, how he came up with Jabber-Walking, and how YOU can start Jabb...more

  • #50 - Neologism Play

    Apr 25 2020

    On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Neologisms...in other words, we get to make up new nonsense words! Buttons & Figs kids lead the way to wordplay with neologisms, hoping you'll send us your newly invented words so we can add them to the OFFISHAL Buttons & Figs Dictionary, which will only include your invented words! Be sure to download our first coloring page from artist Ann Pickard, featuring a newly coined word! So let's get started with some wordplay today! - coloring and neol...more

  • WWW - Nursery Rhyme Jeopardy

    Apr 16 2020

    How well do you know your nursery rhymes?! Test your knowledge on Nursery Rhyme Jeopardy! We have 5 clues. See if you can guess the answers...in the form of a question, of course! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Most Wednesdays this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.button...more

  • #49 - Poem Explosion with author Kyle Lukoff

    Apr 09 2020

    For National Poetry Month, we sail in a sieve to the land of poetry, with author Kyle Lukoff. Kyle just released a picture book titled, "Explosion at the Poem Factory." Kyle shares the story about the good bad poem that inspired his book, you'll also learn about the Philolexian Society he belonged that each year hosts a bad poetry festival each year…and he shares the secret of what makes a bad poem..good. And as always, a few Buttons & Figs kids share their good bad poems to show us the way to...more

  • Encore: #36 - War of the Fools

    Apr 01 2020

    Encore: Once again...Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in The War of the Fools. It was on this day, April 1st, in which weird happenings began to happen. Reporters began to report reportable events, reportable strange happenings, reportable odd sightings - a meat shower, a weird alphabet song, odd creatures sailing in a sieve making demands...what if it were all true?! Featuring voices from the pod-o-sphere, ...more

  • #48 - Gorey Nonsense! with author Lori Mortensen

    Mar 24 2020

    On this episode we sail in a sieve to the land of Edward Gorey, with author Lori Mortensen to show us the way. Ms. Mortensen just released a biography of Gorey titled, "Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey." On this episode you'll get to hear about Gorey's life, his style and his love of anagrams! Join Buttons & Figs listeners as they come up with silly names using the letters of their names, just like Edward Gorey did. You'll also get to hear how Lori Mortensen does research for her b...more

  • WWW - Mighty Great Adjectives

    Mar 21 2020

    Time to play Mighty Great Adjectives! We'll read 4 wacky sentences and YOU have to see if you can count how many adjectives modify the noun in question. Are you ready to play Mighty Great Adjectives?! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Most Wednesdays this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with w...more

  • WWW - Spoonerism Play

    Mar 09 2020

    Time to play - Get That Spoon Out of Your Mouth! - "But mom, you said you would give me $2 for CHEWING the DOORS!" Can you identify the Spoonerism?! If so, see if you can get all 5 spoonerisms to win only the pride you'll feel for being able to PLAY WITH WORDS! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Most Wednesdays this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you ...more

  • #47 - Idiom Play

    Mar 05 2020

    Hold your tongue, because we've got our ducks in a row to sail our sieve to the land of idioms with Ms. LaBrie's class of 3rd graders at Madison Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. These kids were inspired by the book, "The Cat's Pajamas" by Wallace Edwards. These kids had a lot to draw on as they grabbed the tiger by the tail to play with both the figurative and literal meanings of idiom they selected. Not to blow their horns, but they now know idioms are a piece of cake! Face the Music ...more

  • WWW - Onomatopoeia Play

    Feb 27 2020

    What sound does an angry bird make?! Well, your answer is onomatopoeia! Onomatopoeia words are created when you imitate sounds. See if you can come up with onomatopoeia answers for this WWW challenge! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with wor...more

  • extra! extra! - Poetry IS for the Birds

    Feb 25 2020

    Buttons & Figs was invited to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona for their Bring on the Birds event! It was organized by the Maricopa County Audubon Society. Kids attending the event were able to visit a magnificent bald eagle, a menacing turkey vulture and learn about other birds brought to the bookstore by Liberty Wildlife Rescue. Because nature fills us with wonder, poet David Chorlton and Buttons & Figs kids shared their poems at the event...and we were even able to capture a few ...more

  • WWW - Chain Tale Play

    Feb 20 2020

    Do you know the poem that inspired the podcast that Pam built? This chain tale will lead you to the answer! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW companion pieces to help you play our way! Now,...more

  • #46 - Alphabet Nonsense

    Feb 18 2020

    Sail in a sieve to the land of Alphabet Nonsense with Edward Lear's Nonsense Alphabet! On this episode you'll learn a bit about Edward Lear and you'll hear Buttons & Figs kids share nonsense letter poems of their own, inspired by Lear. The kids also tell you how they wrote their poems, so you can write them too. And, if you need a little help remembering the letters of the English alphabet, then we got you covered with A BETTER Alphabet song than the one everyone seems to like so much! Jonatho...more

  • WWW - Palindrome Play

    Feb 13 2020

    Is it a PALINDROME or not?! Listen to 5 words or phrases and YOU decide - PALINDROME or not?! Read forward and backward each and every day. Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW companion pieces...more

  • WWW - Silly Syllogisms

    Feb 05 2020

    WHAT is the Conclusion?! Play the OTHER game show everyone is talking about - ARE YOU SILLY?! Test your logic, tickle your brain, with 3 Silly Syllogisms! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this spring, join us for this wordplay thing. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW ...more

  • More Wordplay Coming Your Way

    Jan 27 2020

    Happy Sorta Not New Anymore Year from us to YOU! This is just a short episode to say, we have more wordplay heading your way! In the meantime, be sure to listen to past episodes, there are all sorts of different ones, with all sorts of different kind of wordplay fun. And, since it's Lewis Carroll's birthday, I have a little song I've been working on called, "Portmanteaus Are Useful!" Stay tuned for more wordplay fun in 2020...too bad it's not 2021 yet, it rhymes better. Now, go play!

  • #45 - Holiday Poem Play at Velma Teague Library

    Dec 19 2019

    Sail with us this holiday to the Velma Teague Library in Glendale Arizona where we share holiday play inspired by the classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore. But of course we don't just read the poem, we play! Listen in as these Buttons & Figs kids come up with their own reindeer names, and using the poem as inspiration, they set sail to write their own original stories. We hope you'll head to the library this holiday and read The Night Before Christmas so sugar...more

  • WWW - Synonym Spice

    Dec 12 2019

    Play the game show everyone is talking about - Synonym Spice! Play 4 rounds of Synonym Spice and see if you can pick which word is NOT a synonym. Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • #44 - Alliteration Play with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends

    Dec 01 2019

    Sail with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends as they steer our sieve to the land of alliteration. Bella, a Buttons & Figs fan, begged and beguiled her classmates at the West End Montessori school in Richmond, Virginia into hosting this episode of alliterative fun. You'll get to hear them define alliteration, play with alliteration and challenge you to write your own alliteration too. If you'd like to send in your own perfect poem, call 623-282-4080 and leave your little lighthearted...more

  • #43 - Nonsense Play with Calef Brown

    Nov 21 2019

    On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of Nonsense with Calef Brown's latest book, "Up Versus Down: Poems, Painting and Serious Nonsense." Calef's nonsense verse shook up our minds, inspiring us to gather wacky words and play. Buttons & Figs kids show you how we played with word associations in order to write nonsense verse of our own - we hope you'll give it a try at home. Calef has great advice if you'd like to write too, be sure to listen to his whole interview. Read all Calef B...more

  • WWW - Mnemonic Tonic

    Nov 21 2019

    How am I supposed to remember our wordplay this week?! Perhaps this Mnemonic Tonic will help....{gulp}! Listen and learn a mnemonic to help you remember the order of the planets...it's one I learned in 5th grade from Mr. Barnett! Then, make up your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • WWW - Cow and Crow

    Nov 14 2019

    Cow and Crow think their names should rhyme, which gets them all confused about how to pronounce words ending in O.W.! Listen in on a phone conversation between Cow and Crow and see if you can figure out what they are talking about! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for ki...more

  • WWW - Bombostic Acrostic Play

    Nov 07 2019

    We're going to play with a Bombostic Acrostic Poem! - Listen for the first letter of each line of this acrostic poem and see if you can figure out what phase it spells! (Hint: It's a phrase you hear on just about every episode of Buttons & Figs!) Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a ...more

  • #42 - Audubon Poetry Play with poet David Chorlton

    Nov 06 2019

    Sail in a sieve to the land of Audubon Poetry Play with poet laureate David Chorlton and his bird Maxi. On this episode David shares his poetry and inspires kids to write poetry in order to better understand their relationship with nature. The Buttons & Figs kids use acrostic poetry play to explore how they feel about the nature and birds and if families want to learn more, we share information about the Maricopa Audubon Society and Audubon.org. If you would like to have some acrostic poetry ...more

  • Spooky Halloween Play at Velma Teague Library

    Oct 30 2019

    Buttons & Figs sailed in a sieve to the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona for some Spooky Halloween Play. We asked kids to write spooky stories, tell us about their costumes or favorite characters, and share some of their best spooky sounds. Be sure to write your own spooky story this Halloween. For ideas of what to write about, visit www.Buttonsandfigs.com for free downloadable activity sheet. Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!

  • Ghosts of Podcasts Past: Spooky Skul-a-Mug Nonsense

    Oct 29 2019

    Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2017 - What is a Skul-a-Mug-Mug you ask? This episode is inspired by "Black is Bittern" by Robert Heidbreder, a fabulous nonsense book about these creatures! 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!

  • Original Ghostly Tales - Ages 8+

    Oct 27 2019

    On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, (recommend 8+)by Tony and Pike, students at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona. Tony shares a haunting story of a family ghost and a headless rooster and Pike shares a chilling delicious folk tale of the Windigo. Stories include mention of decapitation and cannibalism, as many a folk tale will do...but rest assured, we have more, happier stories on the way, for the youngest of listeners! Happy...more

  • WWW - Halloween Vowel Play

    Oct 24 2019

    Spoooooooooky Halloween Vowel Sounds - Which vowels bring your favorite howls? Eeeeeeeeeeeek! I dare you to come up with Halloween sounds for each vowel! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activit...more

  • #41 - Idea Play

    Oct 22 2019

    Sail in a sieve to the land of ideas with Ms. Harding's class of 2nd graders at Madison Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. These kids were inspired by the book, "What Do You Do With An Idea?" by Kobi Yamata, illustrated by Mae Besom. The last page of the book says ideas can change the world, so these kids set out to think about ideas to make oceans, lands, schools, playgrounds, and zoos better...they even have ideas for how to make cobras better! What ideas do you have to change the world...more

  • WWW - Dialogue Play

    Oct 16 2019

    We're going to play with Dialogue! - Who's a hog? - No, Dialogue. - There's no smog! - No Dialogue! - What's that? - We have some questions to get you playing with dialogue! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com t...more

  • WWW - Limerick Tricks

    Oct 09 2019

    Have you ever met that flighty Old Person of Phoenix? Our Limerick Tricks will show you the patterns of play for making limericks this way! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • WWW - Hoarse Horse

    Oct 02 2019

    Hoarse horse knows his nose needs blowing! How many homonyms do you hear here? Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • #40 - Simile Play with Neon Words

    Oct 01 2019

    On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of Neon Words with some Simile Play! We were inspired by the new book, "Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing." Our writing play comes from Chapter 1 of this book and we had a chance to interview authors Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather from Tucson, Arizona, to ask them where they got all of their bright ideas! We hope you'll play along as we share some of our favorite Neon Words! www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • WWW - As Playful As a Simile

    Sep 25 2019

    Are you As Playful As a Simile?! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • WWW - Alphabet Circus

    Sep 18 2019

    At the Alphabet Circus - A Hurt His Arm as he fell from a flying trapeze! What will happen next? Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play - with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.

  • More Wordplay Heading Your Way - Reprise with Story Pirates

    Sep 17 2019

    Buttons & Figs has set sail for another season of wordplay! We have a fabulously full fall of wordplay fun for everyone! We'll be playing with similes, nonsense poems, nature, ideas and more. We'll be interviewing authors of wordplay and showing you our way to play....so stay tuned. If you're looking for literary listening - try on these for size - The Good Words Podcast, KitLitTV, Book Power for Kids, The Book Club for Kids, and of course....The Story Pirates! In the meantime, enjoy this ...more

  • Summertime - Creativity

    Aug 12 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer, but summer has come to an end. Summer is at The Beach with an exclusive interview with Pamela Rogers and Mark Pena, the creative minds behind this Summertime series. Can Pam and Mark figure out a way to say goodbye to summer? Tune in and find out. Then, go back to school and play, cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime - Encounter

    Jul 29 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer. We have an exclusive interview with a pilot of a spacecraft that has just landed on The Beach. Find out about what they do during the summer on their planet. Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime - Camp

    Jul 22 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one about an abominable butternut squash...yes, you read that right, a squash, a butternut squash, an abominable butternut squash. Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime - Cryptozoology

    Jul 15 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. Cryptozoology jokes, when regular zoology is just not crypto enough. Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]

  • Summertime - Thesaurus

    Jul 08 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer. Here's some pastiche from the Thesaurus, because it's always good to have healthy options. Malapropisms are fun in the sun, capiche? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat, Italian music from Italy's open source project www.canzoneitaliana.it]

  • Summertime - Homonyms

    Jul 01 2019

    Summertime is a time for summer. Here's a tasty treat of homonyms, delicious for the whole family whether in a hole during bad weather or at sea. See? You see, sea creatures love homonyms, see? See? Summer fun, summer play, summer all day cuz we don't care a button, we don't care a fig. Now go play. www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • #39 - Wacky Song Lyric Play with Story Pirates

    Jun 26 2019

    On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of wacky song lyrics with Story Pirates! Story Pirates just released a new wacky song album, "Backstroke Raptor." The album is filled with wacky songs written by kids, performed by wacky musicians for kids. We get to share two songs from the Story Pirates album and talk with founder Lee Overtree about what makes a great song lyric. We also have a few wacky song ideas from our own Buttons & Figs kids. We hope you'll sing and play along. www....more

  • #38 - Poetry (part 2) - Noun Play

    May 16 2019

    On this episode we sail our sieve back to the land of POETRY! Rosemarie Dombrowski, poet laureate for Phoenix, celebrated National Poetry Month by writing two special poems for Buttons & Figs! Rosemarie reads her poem "Cat Lady." The 3rd graders at Camelview Elementary School play with nouns from 5 famous poets, creating original wordplay sentences & poems of their own. Enjoy the creativity & voices of the students in Ms. Lisa Petrauschke's class and Ms. Perkins class. Poetry everyday, we say...more

  • #38 - Poetry (part 1) - Poetry Prompt Play

    May 16 2019

    On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of POETRY! Rosemarie Dombrowski, poet laureate for Phoenix, celebrated National Poetry Month by writing two special poems for Buttons & Figs! Rosemarie shares her poem "Why I Want to Be a Lizard." The 3rd graders at Camelview Elementary School play with the poetry prompt "Why I Want to Be....," creating original wordplay poems of their own. Enjoy the writing and voices of the students in Ms. Cowen's class and Ms. Stiles class. Poetry everyday, we s...more

  • extra! extra! - Improv Play

    May 07 2019

    extra! extra! we have a bit of improv play for you today! on this episode, these Buttons & Figs kids share and play two improv games. we hope you'll play along. be sure to share your way to play at 623-282-4080. we say, play is the way! www.buttonsandfigs.com

  • #37 - Repetition Play Play Play

    Apr 16 2019

    On this episode we set sail to the cave of repetition, repetition, repetition. You'll hear many, many, many ways to play with this literary device with original stories from our Buttons & Figs kids. We were inspired by Julian Sheer's book, Rain Makes Applesauce, and several of Dr. Seuss's books too. We hope you'll listen, listen, listen and play, play, play. Visit ButtonsandFigs.com for more wordplay fun.

  • #36 - War of the Fools

    Apr 01 2019

    Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason...presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on the Air in The War of the Fools. It was on this day, April 1st, in which weird happenings began to happen. Reporters began to report reportable events, reportable strange happenings, reportable odd sightings - a meat shower, a weird alphabet song, odd creatures sailing in a sieve making demands...what if it were all true?! Featuring voices from the pod-o-sphere, including The Past & ...more

  • 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