#42 – Audubon Poetry Play with David Chorlton

Sail in a sieve to the land of Audubon Poetry Play with poet laureate David Chorlton and his bird Maxi. On this episode David shares his poetry and inspires kids to write poetry in order to better understand their relationship with nature. The Buttons & Figs kids use acrostic poetry play to explore how they feel about the nature and birds and if families want to learn more, we share information about the Maricopa Audubon Society and Audubon.org. If you would like to have some acrostic poetry fun, visit ButtonsandFigs.com and download the free activity sheet that goes with this episode. Beware of the kingdom of the claw…Kakawwwww!

Poet David Chorlton & Maxi

Acrostic Poetry Play

More Acrostic Poem Play



#41 – Idea Play

Sail in a sieve to the land of ideas with Ms. Harding’s class of 2nd graders at Madison Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. These kids were inspired by the book, “What Do You Do With An Idea?” by Kobi Yamata, illustrated by Mae Besom. The last page of the book says ideas can change the world, so these kids set out to think about ideas to make oceans, lands, schools, playgrounds, and zoos better…they even have ideas for how to make cobras better! What ideas do you have to change the world? –www.buttonsandfigs.com


#40 – Simile Play with Neon Words

On this episode we’re sailing our sieve to the land of Neon Words with some Simile Play! We were inspired by the new book, “Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing.” Our writing play comes from Chapter 1 of this book and we had a chance to interview authors Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather from Tucson, Arizona, to ask them where they got all of their bright ideas! We hope you’ll play along as we share some of our favorite Neon Words! www.buttonsandfigs.com

Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light up Your Writing by Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather

Marge Pellegino’s Website

Kay Sather’s movie about her mud house – MUD

Lovely book review from Pirate Tree

Marge Pellegrino’s Wordplay
Simile play Quilt from a Workshop with Marge Pellegrino

Summertime – Creativity

Summertime is a time for summer, but summer has come to an end. Summer is at The Beach with an exclusive interview with Pamela Rogers and Mark Pena, the creative minds behind this Summertime series. Can Pam and Mark figure out a way to say goodbye to summer? Tune in and find out. Then, go back to school and play, cuz we don’t care a button, we don’t care a fig. www.buttonsandfigs.com . [sound fx courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]


Summertime – Encounter

Summertime is a time for summer. We have an exclusive interview with a pilot of a spacecraft that has just landed on The Beach. Find out about what they do during the summer on their planet. 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 courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]


Summertime – Camp

Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one about an abominable butternut squash…yes, you read that right, a squash, a butternut squash, an abominable butternut squash. 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 courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]


Summertime – Cryptozoology

Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. Cryptozoology jokes, when regular zoology is just not crypto enough. 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 courtesy of Zapsplat and a casio keyboard.]


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