#28 – Summer at Imagination Inn

School’s almost out, summer’s almost here, let’s sail away in our sieve to the land of….oh no, I think we’re lost! Quick, IMAGINE a place – a castle, a cabin, a resort or an inn! Wait, no worries, no fear, Nancy Willard is here and William Blake’s Inn is just beyond that bend. On this episode Nancy Willard inspires us to let our imaginations soar, Buttons & Figs kids imagine places for summer fun, and we’ll share ways for you to have summer reading and listening fun at your library. #KidsListenSummer #LibrariesRock For more reading ideas and wordplay fun visit www.buttonsandfigs.com


#27 – A Colony of Collective Nouns

Jump aboard our sieve with this army of ants, troop of baboons, bunch of bananas, swarm of bees and litter of kittens as they set sail to the land of collective nouns. On this episode we’ll define collective noun, hear original collective noun poems read by a bevy of Buttons & Figs kids and we’ll find out whether Inspector Fig solves the case about a misuse of a collective noun…Dunnn-da-dunt-dunt-duuuuun. for more wordplay fun visit www.buttonsandfigs.com #buttonsandfigs #wordplay #techplay #kidcasts #kidslisten #podcasts

 


#26 – Ricochet Word Play

Stop your dilly-dallying and jump aboard….we’re sailing our sieve to the land of Ricochet Words! On this episode we’ll explain how to play with ricochet words, we’ll stop in to visit Shim-Sham the Shoe Man and our Buttons & Figs kids travel from Wibbleton to Wobbleton, making up their own ricochet words along the way. Subscribe to play with words at www.buttonsandfigs.com

 


#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!