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www – Chain Tale Play

Do you know the poem that inspired the podcast that Pam built? This chain tale will lead you to the ...
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#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 ...
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www – Palindrome Play

Is it a PALINDROME or not?! Listen to 5 words or phrases and YOU decide - PALINDROME or not?! Read ...
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www – Silly Syllogism

WHAT is the Conclusion?! Play the OTHER game show everyone is talking about - ARE YOU SILLY! Test your logic, ...
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#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 ...
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www – Synonym Spice

Play the game show everyone is talking about - Synonym Spice! Play 4 rounds of Synonym Spice and see if ...
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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 ...
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#43 – Nonsense Play with Calef Brown

On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of Nonsense with Calef Brown's latest book, "Up Versus Down: ...
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WWW – Mnemonic Tonic

How am I supposed to remember our wordplay this week?! Perhaps this Mnemonic Tonic will help….{gulp}! Listen and learn a ...
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WWW – Cow and Crow

Cow and Crow think their names should rhyme, which gets them all confused about how to pronounce words ending in ...
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WWW – Bombostic Acrostic

We're going to play with a Bombostic Acrostic Poem! - Listen for the first letter of each line of this ...
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#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 ...
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WWW – Halloween Vowel Play

Spoooooooooky Halloween Vowel Sounds - Which vowels bring your favorite howls? Eeeeeeeeeeeek! I dare you to come up with Halloween ...
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#41 – Idea Play – Student Writing & Artwork

Here are complete writings and artwork for the students in Ms. Harding's 2nd grade classroom. Student ideas were edited for ...
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#41 – Idea Play

Sail in a sieve to the land of ideas with Ms. Harding's class of 2nd graders at Madison Simis Elementary ...
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WWW – Dialogue Play

We're going to play with Dialogue! - Who's a hog? - No, Dialogue. - There's no smog! - No Dialogue! ...
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WWW – Limerick Trick

Have you ever met that flighty Old Person of Phoenix? Our Limerick Trick will show you the patterns of play ...
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WWW – Hoarse Horse

LISTEN! Hoarse horse knows his nose needs blowing! How many homonyms do you hear here? ...
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#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 ...
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Summertime – Creativity

Summertime is a time for summer, but summer has come to an end. Summer is at The Beach with an ...
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Summertime – Encounter

Summertime is a time for summer. We have an exclusive interview with a pilot of a spacecraft that has just ...
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Summertime – Camp

Summertime is a time for summer. Listen in as the kids at Camp Summer Camp tell scary stories, including one ...
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Summertime – Cryptozoology

Summertime is a time for summer. Bigfoot likes a bad joke, in the summertime. Cryptozoology jokes, when regular zoology is ...
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Summertime – Thesaurus

Summertime is a time for summer. Here's some pastiche from the Thesaurus, because it's always good to have healthy options ...
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Summertime – Homonyms

Summertime is a time for summer. Here's a tasty treat of homonyms, delicious for the whole family whether in a ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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extra! extra! Improv play

extra! extra! we have a bit of improv play for you today! on this episode, these Buttons & Figs kids ...
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extra! extra! Improv play (unedited)

extra! extra! here is the FULL (lightly edited) version of our improv play! hear all of the craziness of these ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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extra! extra! – Carnation Celebration! a one-sided phone conversation

They say we have an astronomical, astrological double header here, March 20th, to be clear - a Super Moon and ...
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extra! – Librarian Library Lounge – Alliteration Play at the Library

Welcome to the Librarian Library Lounge featuring the fabulous book recommends of Erin Meadows, librarian at the Desert Foothills Library ...
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Sing! – Nonsensilicious – Alliteration Play

Alliterate-ate-ate-ate-ate - On this Nonsensilicious episode we share a great way to remember how to play with alliteration…with our very ...
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#35 – Palindrome Play with Jon Agee

Wow, wow, wow! On this episode we're sailing our sieve to the land of palindromes where we get to meet ...
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Full Interview with Jon Agee

Enjoy our full interview with the master of wordplay, Jon Agee. You'll learn some tips and tricks for creating your ...
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Happy (Belated) Thesaurus Day!

extra! extra! We've got a little extra! nonsense to celebrate Thesaurus Day! On this extra! episode we celebrate words by ...
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#34 – Rhyming Rocks

On this episode we introduce new Buttons & Figs kids who set us sailing to the land of Rhymes…isn't it ...
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Happy Peculiar People Day!

January 10th is Peculiar People Day! What makes you peculiar? Be sure to celebrate all the peculiar people in your ...
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#33 – Adaptation Play – Arizona National Parks

As we adapt to the new year, take a listen to this special episode of adaptation stories written by the ...
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Food Play inspired by Gunnar Madsen – Kid Art

Kids, inspired by Gunnar Madsen's song "I Am Your Food," selected foods they wanted to be then they drew pictures ...
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Sing! Food Play with Gunnar Madsen

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of food and song with award winning children's musician Gunnar ...
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Full Interview with Gunnar Madsen

Enjoy the full, fun interview with musician Gunnar Madsen. Learn about his inspiration for some of the songs on his ...
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extra! – National Park Wordplay – 4th grade pass

On this wordplay extra! we have a real live National Park Ranger, a real live 4th grader, and a couple ...
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Ghost Stories – original spookiness

On this episode Buttons & Figs is proud to feature original ghost stories, for brave kids, by Nathaly and Zoe, ...
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Ghost of podcasts past: Halloween Nonsense

Sail in our way-back sieve to visit the ghost of Halloween past with a listener favorite from 2016 - Halloween ...
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#32 – An Odcast – Take Away Letter Play

On this Odcast episode we sail our sieve to the land of letter take aways...wait, did Alex just steal the ...
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#31 – Ballyhoo!!! Hyperbole Play

Ballyhooooooo!!! You should listen to this episode because it's the most musical, entertaining, funny and colorful episode EVER! On this ...
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Nonsensilicious – The Onomatopoeia Man

Sing along with the Onomatopoeia Man, cuz he's come to town...SQUAWK!  ...
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#30 – Personification Play at the Library

Sail in a sieve to the land of personification at Phoenix Public Library's Burton Barr Central location! Phoenix Public Library ...
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Nonsensilicious – Collective Noun Play

Nonsensilicious episodes are bite-size Buttons & Figs episodes designed to give you a taste, a treat, a wordplay challenge for ...
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#29 – Punny Puns

Lettuce sieve we can sail in our sieve to the land of punny puns! Join us for this punny episode ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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#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 ...
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Happy Halloween!!!

spooky, spoooky, spoooookkkyy! ...
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#21 – Funny Girls – Interview with Betsy Bird

sail in a sieve to the land of Funny Girls! Our funny girls interview the funny librarian, author, and fellow ...
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#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 ...
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#19 – Math Nonsense

sail in a sieve with twin 8 year old hosts Luke and Oliver....or is it Oliver and Luke?!  to the ...
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#18 – Jokes at the Library

sail in a sieve for jokes at the library! the Oak Park Public Library invited Buttons & Figs in for ...
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#18 – explore – discover more podcasts

here's a downloadable brochure with just a few great kids' podcasts and some help to get you listening today!  listening ...
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#17 – Crazy Cars

rev up that sieve and #hittheroad with the buttons & figs kids as they share "Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems" by ...
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#16 – Gertrude is Gertrude

sail in a sieve, because, as everyone knows, sieve is a sieve is a sieve is a sieve.....listen to the ...
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#15 – Seven Wonder Flags – Design Thinking

sail in a sieve to Seven Wonder Flags.  WATCH and listen to the Kit-Kats use design thinking to create their ...
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#15 – Seven Wonder Flags

sail in a sieve to Seven Wonder Flags!  listen in as the Kit-Kats, Mr. Kaegi's 2nd grade class in oak ...
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#14 – Blackhawk nonsense

sail in a sieve to the land of Blackhawk nonsense!  these 2nd graders have a little fun with the highlights ...
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extra – happy valentine’s day

here's a little nonsense extra, extra....an interview with Patrick the Squink.  apparently, his favorite holiday is valentine's day!  capers anyone?! ...
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#13 – Rube Goldberg Machines

Sail in a sieve with the Buttons & Figs kids to the land of Rube Goldberg Machines! Kids find inspiration from Rube ...
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#12 – BFG

sail in a sieve to the land of giants to hear a great recommendation for Roald Dahl's book, "The BFG" ...
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#11 – Sandburg – part 2

sail in a sieve back to Rootabaga Country, to the village of creme puffs ...
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#11 – Sandburg – part 1

sail in a sieve to the village of liver and onions in the heart of Rootabaga Country! ...
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extra – something

an extra, extra bit of nonsense.  it's something alright.  take a little listen ...
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#10 – limericks

sail in the seive to the land of limericks!  On this episode the kids share Edward Lear limericks and have ...
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#9 – over the button and through the fig

sail in a sieve Over the Button and Through the Fig...to the Podcast they go!  ho! ...
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#8 – alliteration

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of alliteration...alright?! btw...has anyone seen a woodchuck around here?! ...
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sing! – Justin Roberts sings about being bored

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of...what?! NO! Not that!!! oh, fine...the land of boredom. On ...
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#7 – dreams

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of dreams....did you know a dream is like a podcast?! ...
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#6 episode – Jabberwocky

Sail in a sieve to capture a Jabberwocky!  Listen as these kids try and figure out the meaning of Lewis ...
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spooky podcast – Halloween Nonsense

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of Halloween Nonsense.....baaaahahahaha! This is a special episode hosted by ...
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#5 podcast – Portmanteau Words

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of nonsense tools to explore portmanteau words! ...
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#4 podcast – Alligator Pie

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to get a slice of Alligator Pie! ...
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#3 podcast – Moose, Alpaca

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of nonsense songs.  have you met a moose today? ...
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#2 podcast – Sing a Song of Sixpence

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of nursery rhymes...nursery rhymes yearning to rhyme free! ...
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#1 podcast – The Jumblies

listen to the first episode of Buttons & Figs!  sail to the Western Sea with The Jumblies by edward lear ...
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