Since we don’t do traditional school I try my best to enroll Rey in as many extracurriculars that our budget will allow. Currently we are doing music and both of my kids absolutely love it! Rea gets to class and sings the songs, dances, and plays the instruments. She’s learning to try and follow along with the teacher and she completely comes out of her shy little shell.
With all that said, she then asked mommy to sing in the car ALL THE TIME. “Wheels on the bus” is my go to because it is one I know and it makes her happy.
Grab a FREE copy of the lyrics HERE.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Music and Dance

  • Begin to sing along with familiar songs and dance to them
  • Engage in movement paired to music
  • Use simple movement patterns to music

Gross Motor Skills

  • Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance and coordination (Stand on tip toes and raise your arms)

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Music and Dance

  • Engage in movement paired to music
  • Dance to the beat of the music

Gross Motor Skills

  • Engage in non-locomotor body movements with balance, coordination, and control (twist and bend)

Required Materials

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The Wheels on the Bus Lyrics

Step #1
Print out a copy of the lyrics.
Step #2
Singing the wheels on the bus with your child and incorporate hand movements with the words.
During the verse about:
  • Wheels- move your hands around each other in a circular motion
  • Wipers- hold your arms out in front of you bending at the elbow, and move your four arms from side to side
  • Driver- hold one I’m out in front of you bending at the elbow and with your hand making a thumbs up. Move your arm backwards towards her head so that your thumb is motioning for passengers to go back
  • People – bend at your knees and then stand moving your body up and down
  • Baby- turn your hands into fists and move them up by your eyes. Turn your wrists so that it looks like you’re rubbing your eyes and crying.
  • Parents- A friend taught me the verse as the parents on the bus say I love you instead of shhh shhh shhh and I like that better so that is the version I am including. The motion for this would be to put your hands over your heart and move them up and down as if the heart is beating. If you choose to go with your original version, make a fist with one hand allow your index finger to stick out of the fist and bring it to your lips to say shhh.

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Let us know what you think of this activity. I know you’re a little enjoyed singing and dancing and I hope you did too, but I apologize in advance as you may start singing The Wheels on the Bus on the never ending loop.