The Wheels on the Bus: Sing-Along Song Video for Kids

Have your kids try out this favorite trip song and then come up with their own lyrics.

The Wheels on the Bus

 

    The wheels on the bus
    go round and round.
    Round and round
    Round and round.
    The wheels on the bus go
    Round and round
    All through the town.

    The horn on the bus goes,
    "Beep beep beep."
    "Beep beep beep."
    "Beep beep beep."
    The horn on the bus goes,
    "Beep beep beep."
    All through the town.

    The driver on the bus says,
    "Move on back."
    "Move on back."
    "Move on back."
    The driver on the bus says,
    "Move on back."
    All through the town.

    The babies on the bus say,
    "Wah wah wah."
    "Wah wah wah."
    "Wah wah wah."
    The babies on the bus say,
    "Wah wah wah."
    All through the town.

    The mothers on the bus say,
    "Shush shush shush."
    "Shush shush shush."
    "Shush shush shush."
    The mothers on the bus say,
    "Shush shush shush."
    All through the town.

    The opening lyrics to "The Wheels on the Bus," inspired by the English tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush," are familiar to almost all of us. The song details the actions of various parts and people on a public bus and their actions. Although the author of the lyrics is unknown, the song has been among the more popular ones for many years, and it's an obvious sing-along choice for field trips and bus rides. Of course, you don't have to be riding a bus to enjoy, and learn from, this children's song.

    It's been featured on Barney and Friends, Sesame Street, and other preschool television favorites. Tiny tots enjoy the movements and motions that frequently go along with the lyrics. Although there's some variation, typical motions paired with lyrics include rolling hands over one another to mimic the wheels on the bus going round and round, pretending to honk a horn when the horn on the bus goes beep-beep-beep, and rubbing one's eyes at the part when the baby on the bus cries.

    Many parents and teachers have taken advantage the song's meanings from a literal stance, using "The Wheels on the Bus" to prepare very young children for and ease them through anxieties about taking public transit, which can sometimes seem overwhelming and intimidating. The song helps make light of it all, suggesting the experience to be a delightful symphony of sights and sounds rather than a frightful overstimulation of the senses.

    Older children can flex their creative muscles by making up their own lyrics to describe things the traditional lyrics might have overlooked. Or they might create other versions of the song that play on the same theme, such as describing things that go on in a classroom or on a playground. This is an imaginative way of using "The Wheels on the Bus" to keep children entertained and learning as well.

    Copyright © 2012 Meredith Corporation.

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