FIGurative Wordplay Episodes

Book Recommend & Dragon Play with kid super reader Debra

Join me and my kid co-host Debra as we sail in a sieve to the land of dragons! Debra is ...

Activity Book Nonsense – New Album and Interview with comedy musician Mike Phirman

Do you like to say the words, Activity Books? Do you like all the puzzles and games found in Activity ...

Silly Animal Verse inspired by Ogden Nash

Do you love animals at the zoo…us too! For this episode we were inspired by Ogden Nash's "Zoo", a collection ...

Writing Nonsense – A Word Ghost in the Portal

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a Word Ghost were to capture me and a bunch of Buttons ...

#52 – The Nonsense Show at Velma Teague Library

For this episode kids at the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona wrote and recorded nonsense poems inspired by Eric ...

www – Add A Rhyme

On this episode of Wacky Wordplay Wednesday we're going to play with RHYMES! Who doesn't like to have a good ...

#51 – Jabber-Walking with poet Juan Felipe Herrera

"And, as in uffish thought he stood,The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,And burbled as it ...

#50 – Neologism Play

On this episode we sail our sieve to the land of Neologisms…in other words, we get to make up new ...

#49 – Poem Explosion with author Kyle Lukoff

For National Poetry Month, we're sailing in a sieve to the land of poetry, with author Kyle Lukoff. Kyle just ...

Encore: #36 – War of the Fools

Encore: Once again…Nonsense appeared to be on a collision course with reason…presenting Buttons & Figs and the Oyster Actors on ...

#48 – Gorey Nonsense! with author Lori Mortensen

On this episode we sail in a sieve to the land of Edward Gorey, with author Lori Mortensen to show ...

#47 – Idiom Play

Hold your tongue, because we've got our ducks in a row to sail our sieve to the land of idioms ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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: ...

#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 ...

#41 – Idea Play

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

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

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 ...

#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 ...

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 ...

#34 – Rhyming Rocks

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

#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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#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 ...

#8 – alliteration

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of alliteration...alright?! btw...has anyone seen a woodchuck around here?! ...

#5 podcast – Portmanteau Words

Buttons & Figs sails in a sieve to the land of nonsense tools to explore portmanteau words! ...