The Wheels on the Bus Variations

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The Wheels on the Bus is an American folk song dating back to 1939 and written by Verna Hills. It has a repetitive rhythm making it easy for large number of people to sing, dance and be animated as they enjoy this popular classic. It is a popular children’s song in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and Canada, and is often sung by many children on bus trips or long car rides to keep themselves amused.


This popular nursery rhyme is such a classic it has changed into many different versions over the years. Each one of these rhymes you can use different lyrics and hand motions making it that much funner for kids to play along.

Original Version

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
The baby on the bus goes waa, waa, waa
The doors of the bus swing open and shut
The wheels of the bus go round and round.

Over 30 added verses

The people on the bus go up and down,
Daddies on the bus, fall fast asleep,
The papers on the bus go rustle, rustle, rustle.
The signals on the bus go blink, blink, blink,
Mummies on the bus, say “Don’t do that”,
The motor on the bus goes zoom, zoom, zoom,
Mummy and daddy on the bus says, I love you,
Librarians on the bus go shh, shh, shh,
Dentists on the bus say open wide,
Grannies on the bus, shake their heads,
Grannies on the bus knit, knit, knit
Policeman on the bus, goes allo, allo allo,
Friends on the bus say, how are you?
Doors on the bus go open and shut,
Brakes on the bus, go screech, screech, screech,
Teenagers on the bus go like OMG,
Granddads on the bus go snore, snore, snore,
Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink,

Animal Verses

Dogs on the bus go woof, woof, woof,
Mice on the bus go squeak, squeak, squeak,
Cats on the bus go meow, meow, meow,
Chickens on the bus go cluck, cluck, cluck,
Ducks on the bus go quack, quack, quack,
Parrots on the bus say Who’s a pretty boy?
Turkeys on the bus go gobble, gobble, gobble,
Cows on the bus go moo, moo, moo,
Sheep on the bus go baa, baa, baa,
Pigs on the bus go oink, oink, oink,
Horses on the bus go neigh, neigh, neigh,
Cockroaches on the bus go skitter, skitter, skitter,

What makes this popular rhyme so fun is using all the different words, sounds and movements as you sing along, laugh and have fun with friends in a group setting. Now with all the different variations of this classic and fun song available, its sure to get many laughs and lots of giggles as the kids watch each other make different hand motions and sounds.