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Learning rhymes is a great pre-reading skill for young children and action rhymes are especially successful and fun for children.

This is a choo - choo train (Bend arms at elbow)
Chugging down the track. (Rotate forearms in rhythm)
Now it's going forward. (Push arms forward, continuing in a rotating motion)
Now it's going back. (Move arms backwards)

Now the bell is ringing. (Pull cord with closed fist)
Now the whistle blows. (Hold fist near mouth and blow)
What a lot of noise it makes (Cover ears with hands)
Everywhere it goes.
Adapted Traditional


Blow up a balloon. (Blow with fingers to mouth)
Blow it some more. (Cup hands over mouth and spread slowly)
Blow it so big (Hands spread way out, lips puckered)
It lifts you off the floor! (Wave to balloon)
Jean Warren


The wheels on the bus go round and round (Move arms in a circular motion)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town. (Make one large circular motion with each hand)

Continue with other verses:
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish (Move hand back and forth)
The horn on the bus go beep, beep, beep (Pretend to honk a horn)
The people on the bus go up and down (Squat down, then stand up)
The baby on the bus goes waa, waa, waa (Pretend to cry like a baby)
The driver on the bus says, "Move on back" (Motion people to move back)