Bus: Action Song

Charlie the Bus
To the tune of Sally the Camel
Text By: C.K. Emanuel

Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
Charlie the bus has 10* seats
So drive Charlie drive
Chug chug chug

*Count down by 2’s

Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Charlie the bus has 4 seats
Because Charlie is a car, of course
Zoom!

Participation Age Range: 18 months to 6 years

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Counting by 2s, Counting back, Vehicle Recognition/Knowledge

Possible Modifications: When I led this activity, I had kids standing in two lines. (You can make the starting number as large as needed. Counting backwards by two’s goes quickly, so time may not be a concern.)

As we counted down, I tapped two of the kids’ shoulders, and they sat down.

Another option is utilizing the felt board. I’ve never tried with an audience, however, below is a rough draft of what it could look like. (I used colored circles to represent faces to show 2 seats per square.)
CharlieTheBus
As the song counts down a square of “bus” can be removed. The back light was not glued on so that it traveled to the next square, as was the wheels.

The simplest way to utilize this song would be to have the audience could hold up their fingers to count along.

Themes: Transportation, Land Travel, Bus, School (School Bus)

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