#46 – Alphabet Nonsense

Sail in a sieve to the land of Alphabet Nonsense with Edward Lear’s Nonsense Alphabet! On this episode you’ll learn a bit about Edward Lear and you’ll hear Buttons & Figs kids share nonsense letter poems of their own, inspired by Lear. The kids also tell you how they wrote their poems, so you can write them too. And, if you need a little help remembering the letters of the English alphabet, then we got you covered with A BETTER Alphabet song than the one everyone seems to like so much! Jonathon Roberts from Composer Dad podcast and I teamed up with some Buttons & Figs kids to write what we think is a WAY better tune…but you can decide. Be sure to check out “His Shoes Were Far Too Tight” (public library)a collection of Edward Lear poems, compiled by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Calef Brown. Now go play with letters…no words…no letters…no words….just go play.


#45 – Holiday Poem Play at Velma Teague Library

Sail with us this holiday to the Velma Teague Library in Glendale Arizona where we share holiday play inspired by the classic Christmas poem, “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore. But of course we don’t just read the poem, we play! Listen in as these Buttons & Figs kids come up with their own reindeer names, and using the poem as inspiration, they set sail to write their own original stories. We hope you’ll head to the library this holiday and read The Night Before Christmas so sugar plums will dance and sing in your imagination. May poetry and play come your way this holiday. Till we meet again in 2020, happy new year from Buttons & Figs.

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#44 – Alliteration Play with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends

Sail with Brainstorming Bella and her Fabulous Friends as they steer our sieve to the land of alliteration. Bella, a bold Buttons & Figs fan, begged and beguiled her classmates at the West End Montessori school in Richmond, Virginia into hosting this episode of alliterative fun. You’ll get to hear them define alliteration, play with alliteration and challenge you to write your own alliteration too. If you’d like to send in your own perfect poem, call 623-282-4080 and leave your little lighthearted lines. Now go 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

#39 – Wacky Song Lyric Play with Story Pirates

On this episode we’re sailing our sieve to the land of weird song lyrics with Story Pirates! Story Pirates just released the new wacky song album, “Backstroke Raptor.” The album is filled with wacky songs written by kids, performed by wacky musicians for kids. We get to share two songs from the Story Pirates album and we talk with founder Lee Overtree about what makes a great song lyric. We also have a few wacky song ideas from our own Buttons & Figs kids.
We hope you’ll sing and play along. www.buttonsandfigs.com


#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


#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