Wheels on the Bus

App review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Classic kids' song becomes interactive in darling ways.

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age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

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.

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.

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What 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. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byGadgetGal January 18, 2018

Entertaining, yet simple

There's not much to this app, but my son went through a phase where he was obsessed with the Wheels On The Bus song. I appreciated that he could listen to... Continue reading
Adult Written bySean_ June 6, 2012

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 re... Continue reading

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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.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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