Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light (Lyrics & Actions)

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Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light song

Ever since my daughter started pre-kindergarten, she’s been learning a ton of new songs and nursery rhymes.

Some of them I’ve heard of, but a lot are completely new to me!

The other day in the car, we stopped at a red light coming home from school, and she started singing…

“Twinkle, twinkle, traffic light…”

What is the Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Lights song and what are the full lyrics?

Let’s check it out below!


Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light Full Lyrics

OK, guys, this one is pretty simple, but read carefully if you want to be able to sing along with your toddler!

Twinkle twinkle traffic light

On the corner shining bright

Red means “Stop”

Green means “Go”

Yellow means “Drive very slow”

Twinkle twinkle traffic light

On the corner shining bright

There are also a few alternative lyrics out there. They’re all basically the same, but your son or daughter might learn slightly different variations depending on where they go to school.

Here’s another common set of lyrics:

Twinkle twinkle traffic light

Shining on the corner bright

When it’s green it’s time to go

When it’s red it’s stop you know

Twinkle twinkle traffic light

Shining on the corner bright

“Stop” says the red light

“Go” says the green

“Wait” says the yellow

‘Til the light is green!

You can listen to the entire “Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light” kids’ song right here:


What are the actions and hand movements for Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light?

It ain’t a nursery rhyme unless it has hand movements.

So here’s how to move along to the beat with this little ditty:

  • “Twinkle twinkle traffic light” – Open and close both hands, like two lights turning on and off, extending the fingers wide
  • “On the corner shining bright” – Make a “T” shape with your hands, like a traffic light hanging down from a powerline
  • “Red means Stop” – Place both hands out in front of you, palms perpendicular to the ground (making a Stop hand-signal)
  • “Green means Go” – Point both hands and fingers straight out in front of you, parallel to each other, palms facing in
  • “Yellow means drive very slow” – Mime driving a car with both hands on the steering wheel, turning lightly back and forth
  • “Twinkle twinkle traffic light” – Open and close both hands, like two lights turning on and off, extending the fingers wide
  • “On the corner shining bright” – Make a “T” shape with your hands, like a traffic light hanging down from a powerline

Here’s how this popular daycare song looks in action:


Wrapping Up

“Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light” is a cute and catchy song, but it’s also really great at helping young kids learn the rules of the road.

Sure, they won’t be driving for a while, but pretty soon they’ll be walking pedestrians — waiting at the bus stop, crossing the street, etc.

It’s important for them to know how cars and traffic work!

So there you have it, all the lyrics and hand actions for “Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light.”

I hope you guys have as much fun singing this one in the car as I have!

You might also check out some of my other favorite kids’ songs and nursery rhymes like the Diarrhea Song and A Ram Sam Sam.

Hope this helps, parents!

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