Wheels on the Bus

Common Sense Media says

Classic kids' song becomes interactive in darling ways.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Excellent controls. Kids tap or slide their fingers across the surface to make things happen. And they can turn the page by simply touching the arrow at the corner of the page.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wheels of the Bus is an interactive version of the children's classic song brought to life on either the iPhone, the iPod Touch, or iPad. In addition to hearing the song sung in 5 languages, kids can participate in the action by touching the device's screen to make the bus roll along the road, open the doors to the bus, and even make the windshield wipers go "Swish." Parents and kids familiar with the song will delight in the new verses introduced here. There is a separate version for the iPad called Wheels on the Bus HD which takes advantage of the iPad's high definition graphics.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Bright, bold graphics help draw your little ones into the action of playing with numerous versions of this favorite song. This adorable app is well worth its cost as kids will want to watch and play over and over.

Learning Approach

Kids control what happens by tapping or sliding their fingers and can learn lyrics as well as how a bus works. Five language versions may introduce foreign-language learning, as the song is catchy and the lyrics easy to sound out. 

Support

This app provides lots of options including lyrics in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French as well as music that can be sung or played by a variety of instruments. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary

Arts

  • music
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn all about riding on a bus, from different parts of the bus to the people who might ride a bus. By translating the lyrics into functional, interactive features, kids can see and do what the lyrics say. Further, kids are exposed to different languages and instruments. Wheels on the Bus takes a classic, just-for-fun sing-along and makes the learning a bit more active, but not especially deep.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

Wheels on the Bus takes the familiar song and turns it into an interactive experience. On each page, kids can sing along and act out the verse. For example, for the verse, "The doors on the bus go open and shut," they can swipe their finger across the door to make it open and shut. Kids can also hear the song in five different languages, and six different instruments -– if you count gibberish as an instrument! Finally, kids can record their own voice.
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Bright bold graphics of WHEELS ON THE BUS help to draw your little ones into the action of playing with this favorite song. With 8 pages, there are many interactive "hotspots" to explore by touching things on the screen. By tapping or sliding their fingers, kids can make the bus roll, the bus doors open, and the windshield wipers go "swish, swish, swish." This app provides lots of options including lyrics that can be heard in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French; and music that can be sung or played by a variety of instruments. This adorable app is well worth its cost and is one that kids will want to watch and play with over and over again.

Families can talk about...

  • Sing along with your child.

  • Connect kids' interactions with real context. For example, when they move the windshield wipers to go "swish,” explain how windshield wipers work.

  • Take a bus ride with your kid. See if any of the actions from the song happen in real life during your trip.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99-$1.99
Release date:May 6, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.0.5
Minimum software requirements:iPhone OS 3.0 or later, Android 2.1 and up

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Parent Written bySean_ June 6, 2012
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3
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My review

This app is really nice and awesome.I recently got a similar app with little more activities and attractive - 'Wheels on The Bus Go Round' - i will recommend both.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 2, 2012
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wheels bus

cost and is one that kids will want to watch and play with over and over again.
Educator and Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byboltzca00 March 22, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 
We love it! So far all the Duck Duck Moose apps have been great. My 2 year-old enjoys moving everything around and has learned the songs from the apps.

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