FIGurative Wordplay Episodes

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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#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 ...
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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 ...
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#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 ...
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#50 – Neologism Play

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

Hold your tongue, because we've got our ducks in a row to sail our sieve to the land of idioms ...
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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#5 podcast – Portmanteau Words

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