#45 – Holiday Poem Play at Velma Teague Library

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 plums will dance and sing in your imagination. May poetry and play come your way this holiday. Till we meet again in 2020, happy new year from Buttons & Figs.

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#44 – Alliteration Play with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends

Sail with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends as they steer our sieve to the land of alliteration. Bella, a bold 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 lines. Now go play.

#43 – Nonsense Play with Calef Brown

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 Brown’s books aloud (13 to be exact!) for a super, earlicious treat (not to mention reading 13 books would be a nifty little feat.) www.buttonsandfigs.com

Enjoy our full, fun interview with Calef Brown, author of “Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings and Serious Nonsense”. Learn about Calef’s process for writing nonsense verse, advice for becoming a writer and hear him read some of his poems from his latest work. Be sure to listen to episode “#43 – Nonsense Play with Calef Brown” to hear the ways we played with nonsense. www.buttonsandfigs.com

Here is the Buttons & Figs kids nonsense verse in process. We played word association games to gather our list of words, then we arranged them to build nonsense verse. Listen to their pieces on Episode #43 – Nonsense Play with Calef Brown.

WWW – Mnemonic Tonic

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.

WWW – Cow and Crow

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!

WWW – Bombostic Acrostic

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!)