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Cloverbud Resources

4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook Image of the cover of 4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook

This concise reference piece is for current, new, and prospective 4-H Cloverbud helpers. The guidebook explores the goals and strategies for successfully implementing the 4-H Cloverbud program. It also suggests methods for guiding the healthy development and life-skills enhancement of our youngest 4-H members.

These sections are included:

  • 4-H Traditions
  • What Is the 4-H Cloverbud Program?
  • 4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Position Description
  • 4-H Cloverbud Participation
  • Who Are These 4-H Cloverbud Children?
  • Eight Essential Elements
  • 4-H Cloverbud Program Foundations
  • What Do You Know About the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Program?
  • For New Volunteers: Conducting 4-H Cloverbud Sessions
  • Planning Your 4-H Cloverbud Club Activities
  • References and Resources
Cloverbud Time Capsulenew

A time capsule is a fun way to capture memories from the present day for your future self to remember! Here are all the details you need to create a special family time capsule - from finding a container to inserting all the important details. Make your special time capsule today!

My 4-H Cloverbud YearCover image of My 4-H Cloverbud Year book

This fun book is a great way for Cloverbuds to learn the basics of 4-H and keep track of their activities and events. Completion of this book is optional, and can be done with or without the help of an adult leader. It can be repeated each year a child is a Cloverbud member, and is especially appropriate for older Cloverbud members as they prepare to transition to regular membership.View sample pages at Project Central. Available as individual copies or in sets of ten.

The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud ActivitiesThe Big Book of Cloverbud Activities

This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topics areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals. Redesigned in an easier-to-manage, spiral-bound book. Available for order from OSU Extension Publications.

4-H Cloverbud Educational Activity Kits

Cloverbud Educational Kits are timely and easy-to-use teaching resources for 4-H Cloverbud meetings. The kits focus on five areas (Our Country, The Science of Sound, Food Fun, Sports Fun, and Fitness is Fun), and are usually available for borrowing from local OSU Extension offices.

Many thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for making these kits available!
To replace kit contents or to build your own kit, check out these links:
Clover Cubes

Clover CubesClover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction and fun into a great 4-H Cloverbud activity. Each Clover Cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are included: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, 4-H FUN-damentals, Make Your Own, Math Mania, Technology Talk and Words That Start With. Cubes are easily assembled from brightly colored, punch-out shapes on heavy duty card stock. Available for order from OSU Extension Publications.

4-H Cloverbud Connect to College

sample pagesThis 4-H Cloverbud curriculum piece raises awareness of college among 4-H’s youngest members through a series of engaging group activities. Includes twelve activities, supporting materials, and On Campus with Cornelius, an original, full-color storybook about an adventurous hedgehog who visits a college.

Many thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for making development of these materials possible.
The curriculum piece and supporting materials are available online. The storybook is available only by purchasing all items through OSU Extension Publications.
Choose and Tell Cards

imageIntended for 4-H’s youngest participants, this educational piece is a colorful deck of 4” x 6” cards that introduce Cloverbuds to public speaking and communication skills. Forty-nine engaging activities are divided into four levels—from easy to difficult—of short, uncomplicated topics for demonstration speeches. Cards are color coded so that selecting and sorting cards is easy. (Additional supplies/materials are required.) Objectives are for participants to: 1) develop public speaking and communication skills, 2) gain confidence, and 3) foster important leadership skills. Available for order from OSU Extension Publications.

Cloverbud Farms at the Fair

This helpful resource offers guidance in engaging 4-H Cloverbuds in fair activities, while meeting program guidelines and goals

Cloverbud Farms at the Fair

Bioenergy Curriculum

A new curriculum has been created to strengthen our 4-H STEM effort. This new web-based resource will help our next generation of leaders develop an awareness and appreciation for a sustainable energy future. It is leader-directed curriculum, targeting 4-H Cloverbuds (K-2) and youth through 5th grade. It was created through Ohio’s 4-H Youth Development program and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC).  The material consists of three bioenergy curriculum pieces in the content areas of 1) bioenergy sources, 2) bioenergy conversion, and 3) bioproducts. Each curriculum piece contains about nine educational activities.

The curriculum was developed with support from the Northeast Regional Sun Grant Initiative, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation: US DOT Assistance #DTOS59-07-G-00052.