#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…..


extra! – Librarian Library Lounge – Alliteration Play at the Library

Welcome to the Librarian Library Lounge featuring the fabulous book recommends of Erin Meadows, librarian at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek, Arizona, and the fabulous voices of kids playing with alliteration at the library. Join us here and there, or at a library near you. You can find the free downloadable activity sheet we used on Read Across America day to play with alliteration, alright? www.buttonsandfigs.com


Sing! – Nonsensilicious – Alliteration Play

Alliterate-ate-ate-ate-ate – On this Nonsensilicious episode we share a great way to remember how to play with alliteration…with our very own Buttons & Figs song! Hear the debut of “What a Word!” as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. Find a Read Across America event near you and play with nerds…I mean words! Play-play-play-play-play-play-play!