Activities to Unleash Your Child’s Inner Genius

GET SMART WITH GAMESAnyone 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.

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GET SMART WITH PHOTOGRAPHYSmart 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.

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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.


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Are you as clever as a child genius? Prove it with these quiz questions

Answering quizzes ever so often is a great way to test your knowledge and to keep your mind sharp. Here are a series of questions that are similar to those answered by child geniuses

It’s time to put your brain to the test (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

If you’re wanting to stay sharp, it’s always good to test yourself with a brain teaser or difficult questions here and there. Challenging yourself to get all of the questions right on an online test can also be a fun activity. But have you taken the time to figure out whether you’re smarter than a gifted child?

The Channel 4 TV series Child Genius, which ran for six series from 2013, expect 2018, saw highly gifted children aged between seven to 12 take part in a competition, run in association with British Mensa, to find the UK’s annual child genius. The show tests the youngsters’ knowledge of subjects ranging from maths to spelling, which your average adult can often find difficult.

Winners take home the title thanks to their quickfire answers to a variety of tricky questions. Now it’s your turn to see how you would cope with a similar test. Below is a selection of questions from ITVX that are to the same level that the contestants had to answer, with the answers at the bottom of this article. Take the time to test yourself and see how well you can do.

  • Question 1: Which metal is extracted from its ore, bauxite, by the process of electrolysis?
  • Question 2: What is the loudest animal in the world, capable of making sounds of up to 188 decibels?
  • Question 3: If A = 2, B = 4 and C = 6, what is the value of B (A x C) ├:: 12 =
  • Question 4: Which German composer wrote the operas Parsifal and Lohengrin?
  • Question 5: In which year of the 19th century were the diaries of Samuel Pepys first published?
  • Question 6: What comes next? 10, 14, 28, 32, 64, ————
  • Question 7: Who is now considered to have been Britain’s first prime minister?
  • Question 8: What was the name of King Charles the Second’s mistress who, having started out as an orange-seller, became a leading comic actress?
  • Question 9: Calculate the following – multiply 22 by 4, subtract 23, multiply by 6, and finally divide by 3
  • Question 10: In Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’, there are three objects drooping. What are these objects?
  • Question 11: Who is the only real-life individual other than a reigning monarch to appear on a British coin?

We’ll give you a break here to try and answer as many of the questions as possible. It’s okay if you need more time – but no cheating! If you’re struggling to answer them, perhaps try writing the questions down in a notepad and see if that helps. Now it’s time for the answers.


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