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Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about playing with words.

Buttons & Fig‪s‬ a podcast for kids about playing with words

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.1 • 11 Ratings

Buttons & Figs is a podcast for kids about playing with words.

    Miss Mary Mack Nonsense!

    Miss Mary Mack Nonsense!

    Do you know the rhyme Miss Mary Mack?! If so, then we have a silly, fun, joyful nonsense challenge! In this episode you'll learn a bit about the rhyme Miss Mary Mack, hear Buttons & Figs kid Chloe sing the rhyme AND make up a nonsense version of her own...and of course, we hope her wordplay will inspire YOU to make up your own version too!

    And IF you don't know this rhyme, then this is as good of time as any to learn it, grab a jump rope...and play!

    Credits:
    wordplay by chloe, age 9
    music by pamela rogers

    Inspiration:
    "Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! Games Songs and Stories from an African American Childhood" by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney - https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375870880

    • 6 min
    Silly Animal Verse inspired by Ogden Nash

    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 of silly animal verse, illustrated by Etienne Delessert. We invited kids at the Velma Teague Library to read some of Ogden Nash's poems and write some of their own. You'll learn a bit about Ogden Nash, hear a few of his poems, and hear original poems about a panda, a bee, a sheep and more! We'll also tell you how we went about our wordplay, so you can play our way by writing some silly animal verse of your own!

    Thanks to:
    Greg Kinder and Janet Llyod with Glendale Public Library, Velma Teague Branch - who welcomed us in to read, write and play before Covid took it all away!
    Zapslat for their SFX
    Anna Ferguson our Library Intern from the UofA - who has some wonderful book recommends!

    Visit www.buttonsandfigs.com to see the original writing from the kid on this episode

    • 13 min
    Writing Nonsense - A Word Ghost in the Portal

    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 & Figs kids after we fell through a portal along with a bunch of other friends, like horses, chickens and Scooby-Doo? Us too! In this episode you get to hear a tale from the land of Wacky Woo, Woo, Woo, spun from the imaginations of the first ever group of online writers for Buttons & Figs. During our online class we played with alliteration, rhyming verse, word rhythms then for our last class, we each wrote a chapter that I’ve woven into a story...sort of.

    This episode features original nonsense stories written by: C.J., Cruz, Maddy, Noah, Olivia, Piper, and Silver - kids ages 7 to 11.

    If you want to write some nonsense too...be sure to check out our friends at Storyseedspodcast.com. They have an excellent podcast for kids all about writing and they have a new activity book chalk filled with great ideas to get you started.

    The class was supported and co-taught by Tamara Fromm, sfx by Zapsplat, audio enginnering by Blaise Collins and hosted and produced by Pamela Rogers.

    Thanks for listening to me and you and you and me.

    • 21 min
    WWW - Thanksgiving Thesaurus

    WWW - Thanksgiving Thesaurus

    Happy Thanksgiving from Buttons & Figs! On this WWW episode your challenge is to figure out which word doesn't belong. Play four rounds of Thanksgiving Thesaurus by listening to a list of words that mean similar things, in other words, synonyms...but one of the words in the list doesn't belong. And of course, there is a trick round, just because.

    Have a Happy, Joyful, Peaceful, Merry, Jubilant Thanksgiving.

    be safe. be kind. be playful.

    visit www.buttonsandfigs.com and look for more Wacky Wordplay Wednesdays

    written by Pamela Rogers
    audio produced by Pamela Rogers
    SFX from Zapsplat

    • 6 min
    WWW - Heards of Verbs

    WWW - Heards of Verbs

    Have you Heards of Verbs?! On this Wacky Wordplay we share 4 limericks by Edward Lear and YOU are to listen for how many VERBS you HEARDS! You say that's nonsense? I say a verbs a verb, that's what I heard! GO PLAY!

    visit www.buttonsandfigs.com and look for Wacky Wordplay Wednesdays to see this wordplay written out to share in class or at home.

    a little wordplay each day goes a long way!

    written by Pamela Rogers
    audio produced by Pamela Rogers
    SFX from Zapsplat

    • 6 min

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