The Wheels on the Bus with Stretchy Band by “Miss Carole” Stephens of Macaroni Soup!

This blog post is brought to you by “Wheels on the Bus” with Stretchy Band by “Miss Carole” Stephens of Macaroni Soup.

WHY: create community, cooperative play, follow instructions, and workout!

BOOK BUDDY:  The Wheels on the Bus by Paul Zelinsky

Miss Carole Presents Wheels on the Bus with Bear Paw Creek's Stretchy Band

My Instructional Advice

My guidelines for using the fabulous Bear Paw Creek Stretchy Band in a preschool/K classroom:
      16 or fewer children – I use the Medium band
      16-25 children – I use the Large band
Remember, if you have fewer kids and want to shorten your band, bunch up a loop in your own lap.
HAVE FUN!  Learning should be FUN!

Start with children seated in a circle.

Place Stretchy Band on the floor in the middle of the circle.  I instruct the children not to touch the band until I tell them to so that everyone reaches for it at the same time.

“Take one hand and reach for the band in front of you, pulling it back to yourself.”

Now place both hands on the band.

Children should be sitting with legs crossed or straight out in front of them.  (NO SITTING ON KNEES – it’s dangerous. Children can pitch forward and hit their heads on the floor!  I’ve seen it happen!)

If working with adults and younger children, children should sit beside their adult if possible.  If they need to be in the parent’s lap, the parent should hug one arm around the child’s middle to prevent them from going forward when the band does.

Miss Carole Macaroni Soup Childcare Teachers Lesson Plan Stretchy Band

Start singing the traditional song, “The Wheels on the Bus”, while moving the band in circles away from your body.  Children will follow along quickly.  Below are motions for some of the additional verses.  Feel free to add your own!  This is definitely a favorite activity in my classes!

  1. wheels – move band in circles away from body.
  1. doors – legs straight out in front, lay backslowly, sit up  (yup, it’s sit-ups!)

Use the band to help you get back to sitting.  Instruct children not go flop backward as they might hurt their heads.  This verse takes practice.  Children don’t have well-developed abdominal muscles, and they struggle to get upright again.  GOOD WORKOUT!  Only lay back on “open”, return to sitting on “shut.”  Check out my video presentation on the bottom page of this link.

  1. windows – move band up’n’down- up on the word “up”, down on the word “down.”
  1. wipers – move hands/band from side to side
  1. people get bumped around – shake it, baby!
  1. babies cry – knock fists together, then apart quicklyon “waa waa waa!”
  1. repeat wheels verse to end the song

Active Play Listening Lessons Autism Treatment Stretchy Band Music Education

Miss Carole presents music and movement with “Wheels on the Bus” and a BPC stretchy band. Click To Tweet

Welcome CD and a Giveaway

Try one of Miss Carole’s other songs for Stretchy Band on her “WELCOME!” cdYou can buy the cds from Bear Paw Creek. 

Up and Down!

Around and Around

JAWS

Row Row Row Your Boat

Also – on “Polka Dots!”:

Giddy-Up!

ENTER to win Miss Carole’s favorite size stretchy band (medium) and her newest cd!

Dubbed “the Pied Piper of children’s music”, “Miss Carole” Stephens is a nationally renowned music specialist. Her cross-curricular music and guidance techniques instantly invite all audiences from the youngest child to the oldest adult to join in singing, dancing and rhythmic movement. Miss Carole teaches: HOW – classroom management techniques that really work! WHY – brain research that supports the active music imperative WHAT – developmentally appropriate movement and movement activities children love! Miss Carole has been teaching music for children 1 – 6 years old since 1989. Through her company, Macaroni Soup!, she travels across the US presenting concerts for children and families, and workshops for teachers, librarians and parents. Her seven award-winning CD’s are treasured for their usefulness, appropriateness and simplicity. Carole Stephens lives in Chicago with her husband Jim, and has 2 children: Camden and Greg.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top