The Babies On The Bus

Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with my students in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the September book. Enjoy!

A few days ago I started a new class teaching movement to grown-ups and their 5-9 month year olds. What do you do with this age group you say? Sing, smile, and move! Lots and lots of singing of favorite classic children’s songs. I thought I knew every children’s song on the block, but clearly there are more to learn. 

When Kerry recommended this book about babies on the bus,  I knew that I would save it for this class. The Wheels On The Bus is a big hit with babies, and grown-ups too! When I first started planning for this age, I thought I had to create new songs. Moms and Dads and Caregivers can sing the classic ones at home, right?  Why should we sing them in class? I was wrong. These are feel good songs that class would not be complete without. So, I brought the book in and we had a ball!

In this book there are the original classical verses, and then there are some new verses that I haven’t heard before. These were fun to explore. You could also make up your own if you wanted too. One I have used before that is not it the book is “the money on the bus goes cling, cling, cling.” Cute, right? Here are some others I really loved from the book.

The Babies on the bus go: 

Lalala – sing with your tongue.

fall fast asleep – snore and close your eyes.

go bumpity bumpity bump- have the grown-ups go up and down with their legs.

wave bye bye bye – wave with your fingers.

The driver on the bus says:

“Everyone up!” I had the grown-ups lift the baby up in the air.

“Move on back” I had the grown-ups stretch babies arms to the back.

Then there are wipers that swish, doors that open and close, and wheels go round and round.

It’s just an adorable book and the illustrations are colorful and stimulating for baby eyes. This is a good one to have in your library friends, even if you don’t teach this young age. It will come in handy at some point, trust me!

Now, drive on over to Kerry’s blog to find out a little more about this book. I can’t wait to learn more about the author!

Do you teach Wheels On The Bus song in your classes? What are your favorite verses? I would love to hear!


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