SNACCMS: Brain building activities for kids
SNACCMS: Sports, Nature, Arts, Culture, Clubs, Music, Spirituality
These activities, when done with a positive and relational orientation, have all been proven by many studies to improve brain development in children. The term SNACCMS is intended to expand the concept of extracurricular activities. Like building “moral fiber”, SNACCMS can help increase brain volume, brain function, emotional regulation, enhance critical thinking skills, promote curiosity, and enhance children’s ability to consider other peoples feelings and needs. SNACCMS promote opportunities for children to experience neural integration and mastery.
Below is starter list of SNACCMS ideas, of course the possibilities are endless. Professionals may suggest to parent-clients that they start a brainstorming log of SNACCMS options available in their communities, and then find activities that interest both the parent and child.
Baseball, softball, T-Ball
Football (may or may not be positive and relational focused)
Games, chess, board games
Specialty summer camps
National and other parks often offer various programs for kids
Science Centers offer kid programs
Nature observation, tracking, animals, birds, insects, plants, geology
Library activities: reading, shows
Block Fest, math-based activities for young children.
Fine arts centers
Art parks, art walks
Native American events/museums/YouTube history shows
Local clubs are available for many interesting activities
Music festivals (especially with a learning objective target)
Exploring the sounds of nature
Churches offer many kid activities
Exploring alternate religions with curiosity and acceptance (promotes acceptance generally)
Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts (with spirituality focus)
Offering support, information, advice, verbal encouragement, imagining a future
Visiting career related places
Spending time at a workplace
TRAVEL (theme and education oriented)
Tour your state/region exploring a topic, like geology, Native American history, pioneer history, museums, industry, park environments.
Shakespeare plays at the replicated Globe Theaters in Ashland, Oregon and Cedar City, Utah.
Visit Universal Studios, and make a theme of exploring the movie/entertainment industry.
What are your ideas? We would like to hear about them.