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WWW - Noun Town
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access_time2 days ago
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 - for your whiteboard, or smart board, or any old board. 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 fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. written by: pamela rogers audio produced by: blaise collins inspired by: ron barrett's Now, GO PLAY!
extra! Super Hero Jokes for National Comic Book Day
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access_time7 days ago
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 more! Wakanda forever, comic books always!
extra! - Woke - poems about justice with poet Mahogany Browne
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access_time9 days ago
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 "Woke" also feature poets Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, with a forward by Jason Reynolds. This picture book is filled with hope and joy and the poems will help grownups open up conversations with kids about justice. The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and published by Roaring Brook Press. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled wacky wordplay next time. Till then, may your head turn green and your hands turn blue. Thanks for listening to me and you and you and me. audio sound by Blaise Collins sound FX from Zapsplat produced by Buttons & Figs
Summertime Zone - Frosty Pops
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access_time24 days ago
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 well. Summertime Zone sketch comedy written and performed by Pamela Rogers and Mark Pena. Frosty Pops written, performed and produced by Mark Pena and Pamela Rogers Audio mastering by Blaise Collins We now return you to our regularly scheduled program of wordplay, poetry and episodes written by Buttons & Figs kids.
Summertime Zone - The Incident
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access_time30 days ago
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.
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access_time1 month ago
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
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access_time1 month ago
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
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access_time2 months ago
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
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access_time2 months ago
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
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access_time2 months ago
This is the dimension of stories, told in the 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? You decide. Join us next time in the dimension of stories, when we travel back to when these adults were kids, so we can hear their stories and decide for ourselves in The Summertime Zone!
Summertime Encore - Camp
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access_time2 months ago
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
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access_time3 months ago
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
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access_time3 months ago
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
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access_time3 months ago
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
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access_time3 months ago
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
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access_time5 months ago
"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 Jabber-Walking too. It also features 4th grade student voices from Landmark Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona, who share their Jabber-Writing as they walked through the tulgey wood. Visit Buttons & Figs to find the full interview with Juan Felipe Herrera and a free downloadable coloring sheet, by artist Ann Pickard, inspired by this episode. -- now go write and walk Jabber-Walk!
#50 - Neologism Play
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access_time5 months ago
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 neologism play at buttonsandfigs.com
WWW - Nursery Rhyme Jeopardy
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access_time6 months ago
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.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW companion pieces to help you play our way! Now, GO PLAY!
#49 - Poem Explosion with author Kyle Lukoff
Buttons & Figs
access_time6 months ago
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 wordplay Now go write a poem! www.buttonsandfigs.com
Encore: #36 - War of the Fools
Buttons & Figs
access_time6 months ago
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, including The Past & The Curious, Composer Dad, and What If World. Tune in to Buttons & Figs to find out what the reporters are reporting this April Fool’s day. btw does anyone have any stilton cheese?! Take care out there.
#48 - Gorey Nonsense! with author Lori Mortensen
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access_time6 months ago
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 biographies, along with some great advice for how YOU can write a biography too. Now go write! www.buttonsandfigs.com
WWW - Mighty Great Adjectives
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access_time6 months ago
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 words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW companion pieces to help you play our way! Now, GO PLAY!
WWW - Spoonerism Play
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access_time7 months ago
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 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, GO PLAY!
#47 - Idiom Play
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access_time7 months ago
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 and GO PLAY! --www.buttonsandfigs.com
#38 - Poetry (part 2) - Noun Play
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access_time1 year ago
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! www.buttonsandfigs.com
#17 - Crazy Cars
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access_time3 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time3 years ago
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
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access_time3 years ago
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
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access_time3 years ago
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
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access_time3 years ago
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
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access_time3 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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 episode - Boredom
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access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
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access_time4 years ago
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
Buttons & Figs
access_time4 years ago
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
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