#25 – Going on an Onomatopoeia Hunt

We’re going on an ONOMATOPOEIA hunt! We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it….I guess we’ll have to go through it! On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in our sieve to the land of onomatopoeia words. Hear excerpts of the great Michael Rosen’s “Going on a Bear Hunt,” learn the meaning and how to spell this crazy word, and hear some Buttons & Figs kids come up with some great onomatopoeia words. Squawk. Squelch. Burp. Excuse us!

#24 – I Love You Like a Simile

are you silly like a Button and nonsensical like a Fig? On this episode Buttons & Figs is going to sail in a sieve to the land of love similes or would that be simile love?! On this special Valentine’s Day episode #AllKindsofLove are expressed in simile form. Using the book “I Love You Like a Pig” by Mac Barnett we share ways to play with love similes. Join the kids in Mr. Smith’s 1st Grade class at Givins Shaw Public School in Toronto, Ontario to hear the fun ways they played with love likes or would that be like loves?!  and hear Maya and Avery face off in a simile battle.  www.buttonsandfigs.com

#23 – scat singing with Annette Lowman

sail in a sieve to the land of scat singing. The great jazz singer Annette Lowman travels along sharing tips for how kids can start scat singing too. Maya, Avery and Chloe share examples of how they started singing scat. Visit buttonsandfigs.com for a free downloadable activity to help you shoo-bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop-bop-bow!

#22 – Wacky Waffle nonsense – Shel Silverstein inspires

sail in a sieve to Ms. Weck’s class of Wacky Waffles, 3rd graders from the Horace Mann School in Oak Park, Ill.  the Wacky Waffles LOVE Shel Silverstein and so do we at Buttons & Figs!  using Shel Silverstein poems as inspiration, these kids wrote their own nonsense poems to share with our listeners!  be sure to visit a library near you for some Shel Silverstein inspired wackiness!

#20 – Tongue Twisters at the Library

sail in a sieve, with this last bit of summer nonsense, back to the Oak Park Public Library! using inspiration from “Dr. Knickerbocker and Other Rhymes”, a Canadian collection of over 100 rhymes, riddles, jump rope rhymes, taunts, tongue twisters and nonsense verse, selected by David Booth, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski, the kids at the library wrote some great tongue twisters…try saying them faster than your friends!

#19 – Math Nonsense

sail in a sieve with twin 8 year old hosts Luke and Oliver….or is it Oliver and Luke?!  to the land of Math Nonsense!  They share some crazy math jokes and wacky math verse from Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s book “Math Curse”.  Does tunafish + tunafish = fournafish?!

#18 – Jokes at the Library

sail in a sieve for jokes at the library! the Oak Park Public Library invited Buttons & Figs in for a podcast petting zoo, where families could listen together to other great podcasts for kids….and to record a few jokes from Michael Dahl’s joke books. Check them out! be sure to sign up for summer reading at a Public Library near you!