“Wheels on the Bus” is an iPhone app in five languages, based on the nursery rhyme, with extras like instruments kids can play and a recording feature, hopefully providing hours of entertainment for kids and perhaps a bit of respite for parents.
My only reservation about the app, named “Staff Favorite” in iTunes and currently the number two paid education app, comes from the song itself, perhaps one of the most annoying kiddy tunes to ever hammer itself into the tired brains of parents. A friend of mine with a two-year-old daughter was so fed up with the ditty (the doors on the bus go open and shut, open and shut) that “Wheels on the Bus” became shorthand for “Mommy needs a few cocktails or something bad will happen.”
The “Wheels” app was created by three friends, all of them parents, with the intention of entertaining kids while saving “parents from meltdowns at grocery stores and restaurants.”
Reviews of the app give praise for the music and graphics — perhaps because the kids can play with it while parents are busy elsewhere.
Only time will tell if “wheels” will start driving parents crazy.
Available on iTunes, special offer $.99, regularly $2.99