Summertime – Thesaurus

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 from Zapsplat, Italian music from Italy’s open source project www.canzoneitaliana.it}


Summertime – Homonyms

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

On this episode we’re sailing our sieve to the land of weird song lyrics with Story Pirates! Story Pirates just released the 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 we 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.buttonsandfigs.com


#38 – Poetry (part 1) – Poetry Prompt Play

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 say! www.buttonsandfigs.com


#38 – Poetry (part 2) – Noun Play

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, including Rosemarie Dombrowski, Edward Lear, Dennis Lee, Calef Brown and Carl Sandburg,

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


extra! extra! Improv play

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


extra! extra! Improv play (unedited)

extra! extra! here is the FULL (lightly edited) version of our improv play! hear all of the craziness of these Buttons & Figs kids as they played improv on an open mic! we hope you’ll play along. be sure to share your way to play at 623-282-4080. At Buttons & Figs, we say, play is the way!


#37 – Repetition play, play, play

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

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?! #kidslistenaprilfools #stiltoncheese


extra! extra! – Carnation Celebration! a one-sided phone conversation

They say we have an astronomical, astrological double header here, March 20th, to be clear – a Super Moon and Equinox! 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….Let’s take a listen…..