You know how your kids love to ask you why? Well, turn the tables on them and crank up their brainpower in the process. Ask them why they like certain friends as much as they do, or why they think certain rules exist, or what’s the best vacation they’ve ever taken and why it was the best. “Such questions will encourage your child to come up with novel ideas, which in turn will help to create new neural connections in her brain,” explains Reznick. Try to involve your kid’s senses in your questions -- by asking what the ideal vacation spot looks like, sounds like and smells like -- and you’ll engage and stimulate her brain even more.