Wheels on the Bus

Developed by: Duck Duck Moose


Ages: 2-4

Take a musical adventure aboard the busy yellow bus with swishing wipers, spinning wheels, busy people, barking dogs, and more! Based on the popular children's song of the same name, Wheels on the Bus includes fresh illustrations, creative interactions, and live music. (Developer)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Sing It! Does your child already know the song “The Wheels on the Bus”? If so, have them sing the version they already know and listen for similarities and differences when they dive into this app.  Ask your child to notice and listen for: What is the same? What is different?
  2. Cause and Effect: Certain scenes in this app provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce the concept of cause & effect. The effect is what happened, while the cause is what caused it to happen. To identify cause and effect, ask “what happened”?  That is the effect.  Ask “why did it happen”? That is the cause. For example, on the fourth page or scene of this app, the wipers go swish, swish, swish. Why are they doing that?  Because it is raining.  On the eighth scene or page of this app, the dog is barking. Why? Because it is being teased by a bone.  What other examples of cause and effect can you point out to your child? What other examples can they find?


Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

  1. Noun Hunt: This app provides parents with a great opportunity to introduce basic grammar concepts in a fun and entertaining way. Explain to your child that a noun is any word that names a person, place, thing or idea. (The concept of “idea” may be a bit difficult for your child at this point in time. If so, just return to it later and start with person, place or thing). To reiterate what a noun is, show them this grammar rock video, which explains what a noun is and provides plenty of examples, too. After listening to each scene, have your child either tell you or jot down what nouns they hear.  
  2. Interact with the App! Have your child practice object identification by touching the specific object that is being referred to in the song.  For example, when they hear “the doors on the bus open and shut”, have them tap the doors open and shut.

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Create Your Own Version of “Wheels on the Bus”: There are so many fun versions of this song - encourage your child to create their very own original version. If they are interested in the interactivity of the app, encourage them to write down or tell you the images or icons that would be included in their version and what those icons would do when tapped!
  2. Let’s Dance! Encourage your child to create dance moves and gestures for each scene of “The Wheels on the Bus”.  Let loose and join in on the fun, too!