On this wordplay extra! we have a real live National Park Ranger, a real live 4th grader, and a couple of funny Buttons & Figs fans who all LOVE U.S. National Parks! Sarah Stannard, Park Ranger at Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge, and Aurora, 4th grader from Washington, D.C., share fabulous information about our National Parks and the 4th Grade Pass. Ms. Sarah also shares a fun wordplay challenge played by Reese and Linnea…and hopefully by you too! Visit your parks, listen and play with words! www.buttonsandfigs.com
On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, by Nathaly and Zoe, students at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona. Nathaly shares stories from her childhood, stories of haunting, stories of mystery and asks you – do you have any ghosts stories of your own? Zoe then shared a story told by her father, about a time when a dead lizard turns a kind ghost into a ghoulish one! Happy, spooky Halloween from all of us at Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words and stories….Bawhahahaha!
Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2016 – Halloween Nonsense with the Kit-Kats! This was a special Halloween episode hosted by the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi’s 2nd grade class in Oak Park, IL. Be sure to download our spooky activity sheet filled with ideas for the season….and stay tuned….we will have more spooky stories heading your way…Bawhahahahaaaaaa! #kidslistensweeps #podghasts
On this Odcast episode we sail our sieve to the land of letter take aways…wait, did Alex just steal the letter P from Podcast?! Join Alex, Chloe, Olivia, Sophia and Ava as they play with letter take aways. And see if you can help May and Bad solve the mystery of the missing letters. Take away play was inspired by the book, “Take Away the A” by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com for more word play fun.
Ballyhooooooo!!! You should listen to this episode because it’s the most musical, entertaining, funny and colorful episode EVER! On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Hyperbole. Join Catherine, Ellie, Lucy, and Sophie as they define, play and plot using as much hyperbole and sound FX as humanly possible, see if you can write a hyperbolic sentence about you, and if you are looking for hyperbole inspiration, check-out Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky! Ballyhooooooo!
The hyperbole episode is such an excellent example of how kids, when introduced to concepts through great literature, will naturally play with language and let their imaginations (and silliness) soar. For this episode I had the kids look up hyperbole in the dictionary and thesaurus. We played with the concept by writing a sentence, then we read aloud Swamp Angel. From there, no more instruction was needed, they just knew what they wanted to write….and record. Here are their stories, as written.
Sing along with the Onomatopoeia Man, cuz he’s come to town…SQUAWK!
Sail in a sieve to the land of personification at Phoenix Public Library’s Burton Barr Central location! Phoenix Public Library hosted Buttons & Figs for an afternoon of listening to great Kids Listen podcasts and recording kid creations as they played with personification. Visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org, www.kidslisten.org and www.buttonsandfigs.com for more wordplay fun.
Nonsensilicious episodes are bite-size Buttons & Figs episodes designed to give you a taste, a treat, a wordplay challenge for the classroom, library or wherever you eat. On this short, Kyle Lukoff shares a wordplay challenge inspired by his book, “A Storytelling of Ravens.” Listen and play along because a wordplay-a-day keeps the doctor away. Visit us at buttonsandfigs.com for more wordplay fun.