Updated! 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
4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Training Video
Published in 2002, this 25-minute video helps volunteer Cloverbud leaders better understand the program and serve children by guiding healthy development and enhancing life skills. The video can be viewed in its entirety or in sections (there are six).
The cost per tape is $25 plus 8% shipping and handling ($2). Orders of 10 or more are $5 less per tape, or $20.00. If you are interested in purchasing the video, please contact Scott Scheer. Ohio 4-H Youth Development will accept checks, purchase orders, or we can bill you (provide name and billing address).
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.
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.
- Our Country (3.5MB)
- The Science of Sound (5.4MB)
- Food Fun (4MB)
- Sports Fun (3.5MB)
- Fitness is Fun (1.1MB)
Clover 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.
This 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.
- Connect to College (PDF)
- Connect to College Supporting Materials (PDF)
- 4-H Cloverbud Connect to College Evaluation (173KB)
Intended 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
Greg Siek, Extension Educator in Cuyahoga County, developed this 4-H Cloverbud resource to help involve 4-H Cloverbud members in a fair setting. It is a helpful resource that works well for getting 4-H Cloverbud kids engaged in fair activities, while meeting the 4-H Cloverbud program guidelines and goals.
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.
Horse Curriculum Instructional Materials
Designed to promote life skills for children participating in the 4-H Cloverbud program, these materials can be accessed and downloaded from the Internet. Please use the links to access this curriculum.