Every year the Ohio 4-H youth development program revises and releases dozens of new 4-H projects to keep materials fresh and relevant to what today’s youth are interested in. This year is no exception and listed below is a sampling of some new or revised 4-H projects and opportunities available to youth that join 4-H in 2016:
- Clover Cubes and Updated Cloverbud Curriculum – are a series of activities for our youngest 4-H members ages 5-8. The Clover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction, and fun. Each cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are available and include topics such as: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, and more. The updated Cloverbud Curriculum Book provides hundreds of additional activities.
- Grow Your Own Vegetables is a great beginning project for 4-H youth ages 8 – 18 that are interested in finding vegetables you like to eat and can grow with activities that take you from planning and designing to growing and harvesting.
- Exploring Ponds – is an advanced project for youth that are experienced in exploring the outdoors. Youth will take an in depth look at Earth’s water cycle and water conservation and learn about pond health and its ability to support many organisms in and around it.
- Global Gourmet – is a fun cooking project in which youth can create rich and delicious meals from Mexico, Africa, Japan, India, Italy, Greece, and Germany as they explore food history, customs, and nutrition to better understand our world.
- Healthy Living Advocates – is a new leadership opportunity for teens to learn about how to be healthy and influence their peers to make healthy choices through initiatives like the Water First for Thirst campaign that seeks to replace sugary beverages with water.
There are many other new and revised projects this year including Miniature Gardens, Hedgehogs, Ferrets, Chinchillas, Water Quality, Leadership Road Trip iBook, Robotics 2 EV3N More, Teaming with Insects, Dog Resource Book, Alchohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Outerwear for Anywhere, Not Just Knots, The Writer in You, and more.
For more information about 4-H or to get connected with a 4-H club visit wayne.osu.edu or call the Extension Office at 330-264-8722.