Illustration by GARETH MOORE, RACHAEL HAMM PLETT
Illustration by GARETH MOORE, RACHAEL HAMM PLETT

Activities to Unleash Your Child's Inner Genius

We all have a little bit of genius in us. Use these ideas from Nat Geo Family to inspire your kids to step up their smarts. And check out more tips for raising a brainy child.

 

GET SMART WITH GAMES

Anyone who’s ever played HQ Trivia knows that you can boost your brainpower and have fun at the same time. For instance, see who can figure out what’s going on in the optical illusion above. Then get more puzzles and brain play with these printable activities from the Nat Geo Kids book Brain Games.
Got More Time? Watch kid versions of the TV show Brain Games to discover the science behind how your brain can be tricked.

GET SMART WITH PHOTOGRAPHY

Smart kids are observant kids—and nothing sharpens those observation skills like photography. Taking pictures helps children get in touch with the world around them—even when the world around them involves pets! Visit our photography hub to get kids started, then check out secrets from a Nat Geo photographer.
Got More Time? Watch the Ready, Set, Zoom! series to learn how photographers capture extraordinary animal images.

GET SMART WITH ART (AND A LITTLE SCIENCE)

Some of the world’s smartest people are also super creative. Inspire your child’s artistic side with this 3-D art project that’s also a science experiment. Plus, check out these other tips to inspire art in your kid—at home, in the car, or even outside.
Got More Time? With supervision, older children can tune in to National Geographic, Tuesdays at 9 p.m., to watch Genius, a scripted series about Pablo Picasso’s life. Missed a few? Watch full episodes here. Rated PG-13.