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.





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


#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 4th grade students in Ms. LaBrie’s class at Simis Elementary School in Phoenix, Az. The student’s combined researched facts and scientific concepts about adaptations to create imaginary beings that have adapted to Arizona National Parks. Have fun listening closely to these stories, because they are filled with fact and fiction…see if you can tell which is which! Enjoy the unique, playful, creative voices of Ms. LaBrie’s class and be sure to visit a National Park this year and create your own imaginary beings.


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 of funny Buttons & Figs fans who all LOVE U.S. National Parks! Sarah Stannard, Park Ranger at Glen Canyon and Rainbow Bridge, and Aurora, 4th grader from Washington, D.C., share fabulous information about our National Parks and the 4th Grade Pass. Ms. Sarah also shares a fun wordplay challenge played by Reese and Linnea…and hopefully by you too! Visit your parks, listen and play with words! www.buttonsandfigs.com


Nonsensilicious – Collective Noun Play

Nonsensilicious episodes are bite-size Buttons & Figs episodes designed to give you a taste, a treat, a wordplay challenge for the classroom, library or wherever you eat. On this short, Kyle Lukoff shares a wordplay challenge inspired by his book, “A Storytelling of Ravens.” Listen and play along because a wordplay-a-day keeps the doctor away. Visit us at buttonsandfigs.com for more wordplay fun.

A Storytelling of Ravens