The Wheels On The Bus (Learn It)
Language Focus Other songs about: fingerplay, transportation
"Round and round." "Open and shut." "Swish swish swish." "Beep beep beep." "Up and down." Parts of a bus (wheels, door, wipers, horn).
The Wheels On The Bus (Learn It) Lyrics and Actions
♫ Let's learn The Wheels On The Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round. [Move your hands and arms round and round in a circle.]
Round and round. Round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round. Round and round.
Good. Now the door.
The door on the bus goes open and shut. [Open your hands on "open" and clap them together on "shut."]
Open and shut. Open and shut.
The door on the bus goes open and shut. Open and shut.
Uh-oh, it's raining.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish. [Mimic the motion of windshield wipers with your hands and arms.]
Swish swish swish. Swish swish swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish. Swish swish swish.
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep. [Pretend to honk the horn on the steering wheel of a bus.]
Beep beep beep. Beep beep beep.
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep. Beep beep beep.
The people go up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down. [If you are standing, stretch up and then squat down...if you are sitting, point up and then point down.]
Up and down. Up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down. Up and down.
The babies are crying.
The babies on the bus go wah wah wah. [Place your hands next to your eyes and pretend to cry.]
Wah wah wah. Wah wah wah.
The babies on the bus go wah wah wah. Wah wah wah.
What do the mommies say?
The mommies on the bus go, "Shhh shhh shhh." [Place your finger in front of your mouth as you make the shhh sounds.]
"Shhh shhh shhh. Shhh shhh shhh."
The mommies on the bus go, "Shhh shhh shhh. Shhh shhh shhh."
Great! You're all ready to sing. ♫
Before singing the song, introduce a toy bus or a picture of a bus or a bus-themed picture book. Point out the wheels, the door, the wipers, etc. Now, seated in a circle, you are ready to introduce the song.
"The Wheels on the Bus" is a great, simple children's song (Read Devon's Blog for more on "The Wheels on the Bus") which we've made even simpler. The song teaches some very useful language while also encouraging children to let their imaginations loose and reassuring them that, in the end, Mommy will be there for them.
The "Learn It" version is great for very young students or students of any age learning the song for the first time. It has a gentle pace that allows parents and children to hear each word clearly and distinctly, and learn all of the gestures. The relaxed pace leaves time between verses for parents and teachers to praise the kids and prepare them for the next verse.
After the "Learn It" version you may want to go right into the "Sing It" version, read a Wheels on the Bus storybook, or try a bus role-play activity. 1