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Buttons & Figs

Buttons & Figs

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Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about nonsense.
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%2351+-+Jabber-Walking+with+poet+Juan+Felipe+Herrera
access_time22 days 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!
%2350+-+Neologism+Play
access_time1 month 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
access_time1 month 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!
%2349+-+Poem+Explosion+with+author+Kyle+Lukoff
access_time2 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%3A+%2336+-+War+of+the+Fools
access_time2 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.
%2348+-+Gorey+Nonsense%21+with+author+Lori+Mortensen
access_time2 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
access_time2 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
access_time3 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!
%2347+-+Idiom+Play
access_time3 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
%2338+-+Poetry+%28part+2%29+-+Noun+Play
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
%26%2335%3B17+-+Crazy+Cars
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.
%26%2335%3B16+-+Gertrude+is+Gertrude
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.
%26%2335%3B15+-+Seven+Wonder+Flags
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
%26%2335%3B14+-+Blackhawk+Nonsense
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%26%2339%3Bs+day
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
%26%2335%3B13+-+Rube+Goldberg+Machines
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.
%26%2335%3B12+-+BFG
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B11+-+Sandburg+-+Part+2
access_time3 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
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B11+-+Sandburg+-+Part+I
access_time3 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
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B10+-+Limericks
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B9+-+Over+the+Button+and+Through+the+Fig
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B8+-+Alliteration
access_time3 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
access_time3 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
%26%2335%3B7+-+Dreams
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
%26%2335%3B6+-+Jabberwocky
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
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
%26%2335%3B5+-+Portmanteau+Words
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
%26%2335%3B4+-+Alligator+Pie
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
%26%2335%3B3+-+Moose+-+Alpaca
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
%26%2335%3B2+-+Sing+a+Song+of+Sixpence
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.
%26%2335%3B1+-+The+Jumblies
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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