#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


WWW – Dialogue Play

We’re going to play with Dialogue! – Who’s a hog? – No, Dialogue. – There’s no smog! – No Dialogue! – What’s that? – We have some questions to get you playing with dialogue! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play – with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball.


WWW – Limerick Trick

Have you ever met that flighty Old Person of Phoenix? Our Limerick Trick will show you the patterns of play for making limericks this way! Each Wacky Wordplay Wednesday (WWW)episode will feature a wordplay game you can play – with your family, friends, classmates or on your own. Each Wednesday this fall, join us for a wordplay ball. WWW episodes are brought to you by Buttons & Figs, a podcast for kids about playing with words. Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to find WWW activities.



#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