Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids, parents, educators, librarians and anyone, everyone who values playing with words. Buttons & Figs podcasts are evolving and we’ve discovered that nonsense literature was the doorway we used when working with kids, but once on the other side, kids were inspired to play with language. word play and nonsense help kids make sense of the world by allowing them the freedom to play with meaning, sounds and ideas. making sense sometimes requires stepping away, taking a rest, playing, or laughing a bit. by listening, reading, and thinking about the sounds and images words create in the mind, the brain has a way of potentially finding new pathways to approach problems and solve solutions….wait, reverse that.
each episode will feature great book recommendations, kid recordings of nonsense, and a recording challenge, which sometimes includes a fun downloadable activity designed to inspire YOU to play with words – at home, in the car, at school, or wherever you are. thanks for listening to me and you and you and me.
we hope our word play activities will inspire you to
make a little nonsense,
record a little nonsense,
explore a little nonsense
share a little nonsense
who we are
pamela rogers is the creator of Buttons & Figs and takes nonsense and word play very seriously. she is a children’s librarian who has been on the look out for nonsense from D.C. to Dallas, from NOLA till now. she loves to sing the “Chickery-Chick” song at moments when you least expect it.
sarah torbey is the Rarin’ Sharin’ Librarin’ of Buttons & Figs and she loves to spin tales and twirl words, all the while lassoing a fine book recommend. she is a children’s librarian who has rared and shared many a book from Timbuktu, to Texas, to Toronto. she loves to squawk like a peacock at moments when you least expect it.
the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia are known to make appearances on Buttons & Figs. we say, “hooray” to those who capture words, write down their sounds, and tell us how to use them. we also love all the nonce words made up by kids because you never know when you’ll need a new word.