The Wheels on the Bus

Following on from our summer holidays / travel song post here are some ideas for learning based on the popular rhyme The Wheels on the Bus.

The rhyme itself is a great action song which makes it interesting for children and a rhyme that can be used to develop motor and copying skills (the Child’s Play Wheel’s on the Bus book is a great way to share this and other first BSL / Makaton compatible signs).

So if you don’t already know it here are the words of the rhyme (with some suggested actions):

The wheels on the bus go round and round (Roll hands over each other)
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All day long.

The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish,” (Put arms together in front of you and ‘swish’ like windscreen wipers)
“Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish”
The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish”
All day long.

The door on the bus goes open and shut (Hold hands up covering face on ‘shut’ and uncover them on ‘open’)
Open and shut, open and shut
The door on the bus goes open and shut
All day long.

The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep” (Pretend to honk horn)
“Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep”
The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep”
All day long.

The baby on the bus says, “Wah, wah, wah!” (Fisted hands in front of eyes and rub them like baby crying)
“Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah!”
The baby on the bus says, “Wah, wah, wah!”
All day long.

The people on the bus say, “Shh, shh, shh,” (Put pointer finger to mouth to ‘shhh’)
“Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh, shh”
The people on the bus say, “Shh, shh, shh”
All day long.

The children on the bus bounce up and down, (Wave arms up above head and back down again)
Up and down, up and down
The children on the bus bounce up and down,
All day long.

Activity ideas

  • Make a bus collage (use a red rectangle for the bus, black circles for the wheels and white squares for the windows and then draw on the people)
  • Go on a bus ride
  • Collect together toy buses and put them in order of size
  • Role play driving a bus (either using chairs or cushions and real people or teddies)
  • Draw a road map on a large piece of paper and drive your bus around – don’t forget to add the bus stops
  • Paint by driving toy buses through paint
  • Look at bus timetables – where will your bus go?
  • Play the Orchard Toys games Round and Round or Bus Stop

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