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Rhymes for Transportation Themes
Preschool children breathe life into these transportation early childhood songs, fingerplays and action rhymes as they create sounds and movements to accompany the descriptive words.  These transportation rhymes are great for circle time, dramatic play, waiting times, and they provide terrific traveling music.
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Down By the Station
A classic transportation song suggested by Pam S.

Down by the station 
Early in the morning 
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row 
See the station master 
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot 
Off we go! 
 

Wagon
Improvise a tune to this song offered by Pam S.

Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
 Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
 Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
 Let's ride off together!
  Repeat using 
 * My little brown donkey
 * My little black buggy
 * My little blue trolley
 * My little green airplane
 * My little white sailboat
 

Lonely Bus Driver
Pam S. offers this transportation and counting rhyme. Improvise a tune and it's a song!

 One lonely bus driver all alone and blue
 He picked up a passenger and then there were two.
 Two people riding, they stopped by a tree
 They picked up a passenger, and then there were three.
 Three people riding, they stopped by a store
 They picked up a passenger, and then there were four.
 Four people riding, happy and alive, 
 They picked up a passenger, and then there were five.
 Five people riding open swung the door
 Four passengers got off the bus, 
 The driver's alone once more.

 

The Wheels of The Bus
Children perform actions and sounds suggested by the words
The wheels of the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round
The wheels of the bus go round and round 
All through the town.

The driver of the bus says Move On Back!  Move On back!  Move On Back!
The driver of the bus says Move On Back!
All through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down, up and down, up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down all through the town.

 

Substitute these also:
The horn of the bus goes beep beep beep.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.
The doors on the bus go open and shut.
The bell on the bus goes ding-ding-ding.
The driver on the bus says, "Move on back"...
The lady on the bus says, "Get off my feet"...
The baby on the bus goes, "Wa-Wa-Wa"...
The people on the bus say, "We had a nice ride"...

Use a child's name as in "Mark on the bus say Let Me Off!" etc.
 

I'm A Little Airplane
Thank you Pam S. for this cute action song!
(tune "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little airplane,
(children raise arms at sides to shoulder height.)
Now watch me fly!
(They spin one of their arms in front of them as if it were a propeller)
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high.
(With their other arm, they reach from the ground to above their heads.)
First I get revved up.
(Children make engine noises while still spinning their arms.)
Then I can fly,
(Children raise arms to shoulder height.)
Lifting off the runway
(They start walking forward.)
Up into the sky!
(They go up on their tiptoes and continue to move forward. Let them circle awhile before returning to their original positions.)
 

Airplane

I press on the starter,
The propeller whirls around
My airplane and I
Brush over the ground.
I lift from the field,
The motor roars out loud,
Far below is the earth,
Above me a bright cloud.
I dip and I drop
I swoop and I rise--
Oh, it's fun to be flying Way up in the skies!

The Bus

There is a painted bus,
With twenty painted seats,
It carries painted people
Along the painted streets.
They pull the painted bell,
The painted driver stops,
And they all get out together
At the little painted shops.
 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat,
gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
 

The Airplane

The airplane has great big wings: 
  arms outstretched
Its propeller spins around and sings, "Vvvvvv!"
  make one arm go round
The airplane goes up: 
  lift arms
The airplane goes down:
  lower arms
The airplane flies high 
  arms outstretched, turn body around 
Over the town! 
 

Train is A-Comin'
(Spiritual)

Train is a-comin', oh, yes
Train is a-comin', oh, yes
Train is a-comin', train is a-comin'
Train is a-comin', oh, yes
Better get your ticket, oh, yes
Better get your ticket, oh, yes
Better get your ticket, better get your ticket,
Better get your ticket, oh, yes
Room for many more, oh, yes
Room for many more, oh, yes
Room for many more, room for many more
Room for many more, oh, yes
Train is a-leavin', oh, yes
Train is a-leavin', oh, yes
Train is a-leavin', train is a-leavin'
Train is a-leavin', oh, yes.
 

Airplanes
Oh, look, see our airplanes
  look up
Away up in the sky
  point
Watch us gliding through the air
 fly around the room
This is how we fly.
Trains
Here's a little choo-choo train
Chugging down the track
Now it goes forward
Now it goes back
Now the whistle blows
Whooooo, Whooooooo!
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes
Chooo-chooo-chooo!
The train comes running back.
The Little Train

The little train,
Goes up the track.
It says, "Toot, toot",
And comes right back.
 
 

Tugboat

Chug, chug, chug,
I'm a little tug.
I pull a big boat,
Chug, chug, chug.

  Little Red Caboose

Little red caboose,
Chug!  Chug!  Chug!
Little red caboose,
Chug!  Chug!  Chug!
Little red caboose,
Behind the train,
Train, Train, Train,
Smokestack's on his back,
Back, Back, Back.
Comin' around the track,
Track, Track, Track.
Little red caboose,
Behind the train.
Woooooo!   Woooooo!

The Train

Choo choo choo choo choo choo choo choo!
Billy and Johnny, Maria and Sue,
All of them watch for the train to pass through.
  Substitute the names of children in your group

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong ding!
See the engine puffing, hear the bell ring.
Click clack, click clack, click clack clack,
Tell me please, will you come back?
 

Engine On The Track

Here is the engine on the track hold up thumb
Here is the coal car, just in back pointer
Here is the box car to carry freight middle
Here is the mail car. Don't be late. ring
Way back here at the end of the train. little
Rides the caboose through the sun and rain.
 

Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers on our car are busy in the rain

hold hands with palms turned out and move them from side to side
They swing and swing,
Clup - clup - clup - clup
Then back and forth again.
 
 
 

Get A Ticket

Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.
Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.
Don't stand out in the wind and rain.
Get a ticket, ticket, ticket for the train.

Additional verses make the following substitutions:
Bus; Climb aboard, you can ride with us.
Plane; Don't stand out in the wind and rain.
Boat; The water's too cold to swim or float.
Bike; It's way too far to walk or hike.
 

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