Parent do their best to support the learning and development of their children. But what about their creativity? Parents should try fostering creativity in their kids while they’re young in order to build well-rounded, intelligent adults that can adapt and thrive. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get kids to be more creative and think outside the box. After all, it’s what they’re naturally inclined to do! Aside from ensuring they’re getting well-rounded nutrition for healthy, developing brains (also consider trying an omega-3 DHA supplement* during times of fussy eating), we’ve compiled a list of six tips that can help you jog your kids’ creativity and learning aptitude to ensure that they have the skills and development to succeed as they grow up.

Keep reading for fun ways to engage your primary school child—you may just get a kick out of it, too!

1. Teach Them Unconventional Thinking

One of the best way to get kids to start thinking creatively is to ask them open-ended questions that encourage them to think outside the box. You could start with something as simple as, “if you could have any super power, what would it be?”. Once they start answering, ask extra questions to help them develop their answer more and think a little deeper. They may just surprise themselves and you, too! As well, encourage your youngster to see every problem as an opportunity with multiple solutions. If they ask you for help, whether it’s for homework or if they can’t find something, try not to give them the answer right away. Instead, ask them what they think and help them work it out from there.

2. Support Free Play

Don’t be afraid to let your child play and to spend time playing with them. Let them dictate the play rules and follow their lead, which is a great way to support their creative space. Giving kids extracurricular activities like music lessons and sports are fantastic, but make sure you allow time for unstructured play or creative activities to help them understand how important it is.

3. Be their Role Model

Being creative isn’t easy, which is why we need to be great role models for our primary school kids. While our days are often jam-packed with work and our kids’ activities, there are small ways you can introduce creative thinking and constant learning into your family’s lives. From trying new recipes (or even building a meal around a new vegetable), starting a vegetable and herb garden together, or even trying bring them along to your yoga class, you can constantly inspire your kids with your own initiatives, especially if they see them having a positive, fulfilling effect on your life.

4. Switch Up Routines

Kids crave routine and structure, but it’s okay to switch things up every now and again to get their creative brains firing. Whether you take the back roads home after school for a change, or play music during dinner to surprise them, there’s easy ways to adjust their routine (without taking it away) that can have a big impact on their creative and learning process.

5. Don’t Give Them the Process

When life gets busy and rushed, it’s easier just to tell kids how to get things done. But when you can, try giving them the end goal without the process. For example, tell them their room needs to be more organized or that the family needs to eat more vegetables, but don’t tell them how to do it. This will force them to creatively think of ways to solve the problem, without you simply telling them how to do it.

6. Introduce More Activities

Try and find more hands-on activities for you and your child to do together. Whether it’s building something like a fort or a sand castle, doing a 3D puzzle, or heading to the zoo, your child will thrive doing fun, new things that either teaches them something interesting in the “real world” or has them getting creative to figure out the activity.

Part of the reason it may seem so daunting to inspire this sort of creative thinking and learning-first mentality in our children is because it is one many of us forget to use ourselves. Use these tips to encourage a sense of adventure and continued passion for education not only in your children, but your whole family.

* Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If you have any questions, speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting your child on a course of omega-3 supplements.