1. Let them get bored and entertain themselves
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded by images and sounds from mobile phones, TV and iPads. So the next time your child says "I'm bored. Can I play on your phone / iPad", gently encourage them to try reading a book or go outside in the garden and use their imagination. As well as helping them to develop cognitively, they are learning to build their rich inner world, which is a useful tool for life.

2. Let them get messy.
Clear an area and put down some newspaper to cover the floor and some big sheets of butcher's paper (or any large format paper), give them some crayons, paints etc and let them get creative themselves. You can provide the tools and supervise them. Try straw painting (it's as simple as it sounds - you just need some straws and some paint diluted with a little water and your child can create their own little works of art). There are lots of great non-toxic art supplies you can get cheaply. Stock big plastic containers with the tools to help your child discover their inner artist. Let them get as messy as they want - you can always make it part of the experience to help you clean up.

3. Read to them - there's something magical about reading books to kids at bedtime. Start reading to them from an early age. Encourage them to ask questions and get involved with the story. Dr Seuss books are a great way to encourage kids to learn about the silly and surreal side of life.

4. Bring them into nature - try to make sure your children get enough time outdoors. Point out things to them such as the name of a tree, or a flower, but encourage them to make their own observations and ask as many questions as they like.

We'd love to hear from you! What are some of the things that you do as a parent to try and encourage your child's creativity and imagination?