Learning at Home: The Commuting Game Activity

Baby in a carseat

This is a great activity for anytime in the car — especially during your morning or afternoon commute.

What You Need

  • Your (and your child's) imaginations

How to Do this Activity

As you’re driving or riding around, ask your child to find different things, such as a bus, truck, flag, barn, house, restaurant, etc. As you get close to something your child has pointed out — a bus, for example — say, “I see the yellow bus, too!” Show enthusiasm when you talk about the things your child has found, and change your tone as you say different things. When you do this activity for the first time, focus on things that are easily recognizable for your child (a truck). As he becomes more familiar with the activity, add a challenge and get more specific (a white pickup truck). And, even though this is called The Commuting Game, you can also play it in a restaurant, the doctor’s office, or anywhere else your child might have to wait.

What Your Child Learns

This fun activity builds your child's focus, observation, and attention to detail while encouraging robust language development.

Written by: Bright Horizons Education Team

About The Bright Horizons Parenting Newsletter

Teacher reading to a toddler boy and girl

Whether you’re looking for parenting advice, or trying to figure out how to bring learning from the classroom to the family room, let Bright Horizons early education experts be your trusted, knowledgeable resource. Get our weekly newsletter for all things early child development—from the benefits of pretend play to at-home STEM activities, and teaching kindness—along with encouragement for every stage of your parenting journey.