Monday, June 26, 2006

What Are the Hand Signs for "The Wheels on the Bus?"

OK, someone help me out here. What do you do with your hands during the first verse of "The Wheels on the Bus?"

Q came home from his baby class knowing how to pretend to push a horn for the "beep" verse and "blinks" his hands to indicate flashing lights, but I can't tell what he's doing for the "round and round" part. Doing our best to be supportive parents, SwingDaddy and I have been singing that song a lot, and haven't come up with a good solution. We tried tumbling our arms disco style, or moving our hands in little circular motions, but they're not quite satisfying.

We've also been singing "When You're Happy and You Know It." Q kept on pointing to his cheeks during the verse, and I didn't know what it meant. Maybe there's a smile verse? Then we got the kiddie song CDs and figured it out.

I learned the song like this:

When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
When you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it,
When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

However, the CD version went like this:

When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
When you're happy and you know it, then your face will really show it,
When you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

So he was pointing to his face, to show it. Mystery solved.

3 comments:

Momma to LG said...

We do the disco arms. Isn't it "If your happy and you know it?" and I was taught "then your face will surely show it."

lara said...

i also have always done the circling arms, including when i used to sing it with Bubs (back in the days when he wsa still a passive audience, not an active participant). and yes, i learned it as "If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it." i recognized the difference in your version and mine when we sang it at the picnic, but didn't think too much of it. that's so cute that he points to his cheek to "show" it. :)

Lady M said...

My mom also votes for the disco arms, so I think that's the official cool move for the 'round and round.'

Oops, you're right, it should be "If you're happy" and not "when." I guess I've been in marketing too long and got used to spinning too much!