At-Home Activities for Kids 

The Purdue Extension 4-H Youth Development team has gathered a list of at-home learning resources for families to utilize during social distancing related to COVID-19. Many other activities that can be adapted for at-home use can be found under the volunteer tab of our website under Indiana 4-H Congress Lesson Plans, 4-H Science Volunteer Resources, Animal Science Volunteer Resources, and Healthy Living Volunteer Resources

We hope you find this list helpful. We would love to know if you're using these resources! If you choose to share your family's at-home learning adventures on social media, please tag @indiana4h!

Animal Science 


Tune in on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm EST for live discussions and demonstrations: purdue.ag/jrpork21. Can't join us live? Recordings will be posted on this page.

For more at-home animal science resources, visit: 

Computer Science

In the spring of 2020, middle school and high school youth chose a problem and proposed a solution using coding and other technology.

Grand Prize winner Cloee created a resource for Boone County Mental Health.

Reserve Grand Prize winner Steven created an app defining a food desert and helping users find places to volunteer.  

Beginner coding activities: Can be led by parents at home, or virtually by 4-H club leaders. 

Another hackathon will be held April 9-11, 2021! Stay tuned for more information. 

For more at-home computer science resources, visit: 


Engineering & Technology

Try this fun Oobleck experiment from Purdue Extension Elkhart County 4-H Educator, Robby Kelly! 

For more at-home engineering & technology resources, visit: 


Plant & Environmental Science


Plant Cell Pizza video by Rebecca Wilkins, Purdue Extension Harrison County 4-H Educator

Flower Dyeing video by Brooke Stefancik, Purdue Extension Sullivan County 4-H Educator

Plastic Jug Planters video by Purdue Extension Fayette County 4-H members

The Whys and Hows of Raised Bed Gardens video with Robby Kelly, Purdue Extension Elkhart County 4-H Educator

Civic Engagement

Each Thursday in May, Purdue Extension 4-H Youth Development hosted live “Thoughtful Thursday” Zoom sessions designed for high school students focusing on civic engagement topics. 

Recorded sessions: 
Creating TeRRiFiC Youth program by Joanne Lytton, Purdue Extension Carroll County 4-H Educator

Healthy Living

Keep yourself balanced, nourished, fit, and mindful during social distancing with a 
wide variety of at-home Healthy Living activities by playing Wellness Bingo. Find the four different bingo boards below: 

Check out this video (above) for healthy eating tips from Indiana 4-H Healthy Living Specialist, Angie Frost!

For more at-home healthy living resources, visit: 

General/All Program Areas

Explore 4-H STEM with these activity calendars! Try a new STEM activty every day during the months of May, June, July, and August. 

Learn from state fair judge Stacy Parnell as she demonstrates common beginner, intermediate, and advanced cake decorating skills. 

In-person Purdue Extension 4-H Youth Development events are postponed or will be offered virtually through the month of June, 2020. Starting July 1, Purdue Extension events may resume in compliance with the Back on Track Indiana plan. Learn more

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding summer 2020 event guidelines, click here.