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Mini Second Grade

February 26, 2019

This is your online resource for the 4-H Mini Second Grade project. The manual is below. If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.

*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to mille330@purdue.edu.


Here are the requirements for this project:


Mini 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children. Kindergarten through second grade. The goal of Mini 4-H is to help young children explore friendships outside the family, explore the way in which things work; practice both small and large muscle control; and think about the ways people work together on projects.

    The non-competitive learning environment for Mini 4-H includes:

  1. Planned learning activities in which children are invited to be active and explore materials and ideas without the pressure of completing a specific product or exhibit.
  2. Low adult/leader to child ratio that allows tie for adults/leaders to provide individual, positive encouragement and assistance.
  3. Simple, interesting activities that are fun.
  4. Encouragement of children to participate in a group activity by sharing and or displaying their activit projects.
  5. Rewards that are identical and /or ribbons of the same color for everyone.

Do not judge projects, but instead discuss them with the child.

Mini 4-H Members do not turn in a green book.


    1. All posters are to be 14”x22” poster board.

    2. All posters need to have stiff backing.

    3. All posters need to be covered with a clear plastic.

    4. All posters should be horizontal.

    5. Put a title on your poster.


    All mini projects are to be entered the Wednesday before the fair, with the exception of Garden. Garden will be judged the same day as regular 4-H Garden.  


Safety Policy for Mini/Exploring 4-H Members:

The safety and well being of our 4-H youth is of the utmost importance. Although kindergarten is specified as the time when a child may begin participation in some 4-H events and activities, parents are encouraged to take into consideration their child’s physical and mental development before agreeing to let the child begin to show, work with, or care for animals. Each child matures at a different rate, and children in grades K-2 may still be too young to begin showing, working with, or caring for animals.

The State 4-H Youth Program at Purdue University has agreed to allow Mini/Exploring 4-H members in grades K-2, to participate in some animal projects subject to certain conditions. These conditions are specified below.

Each county may determine its own NON-COMPETITIVE programs, classes, and participation requirements subject to the following safety guidelines:

“Mini/Exploring 4-H members, in grades K through 2, will be allowed to show, work with, or care for animal projects after their parent or legal guardian has signed a liability release. Mini/Exploring 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less. Mini/Exploring 4-H members may only show, work with, or care for animals over 300 pounds when they are assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated in writing by parent or legal guardian.” (The word assisted means that the adult has control of the animal at all times.)

Mini/Exploring 4-H members exhibiting horses must wear ASTM or SEI standard F1163 (or above) certified helmets whenever mounted. The parent/guardian is responsible to see that this specified headgear is properly fitted with the approved harness in place and fastened whenever a rider is mounted.

If the guidelines stated in this policy are not followed for a particular event or activity, then such event or activity shall not be considered to be a 4-H event or activity and shall not be under the auspices of Extension 4-H educators or covered by Purdue University.

Mini 4-H - Grade 2 (can exhibit 1, 2 or 3 projects)

BICYCLE - You will learn the parts of your bike. Make one poster with a picture of your bike. It can be a photograph or a picture you have drawn. Label 4 or more parts of your bike.

CAKE DECORATING - Frost three 2” or 4” sugar cookies using prepared or homemade frosting and decorate them using frosting from a purchased pressurized can or tube of icing. Place the decorated cookies on a paper plate and cover with plastic. You do not need to make your cookie.

CRAFTS - Make and exhibit one article from the area of needlework, latchwork, candle-making, fine arts, etc. If drawing a picture or making a collage, either draw or make on 14”x22” poster board or mount on this type of poster board.

FOODS - Make and exhibit 3 drop cookies made from a purchased cookie mix or from scratch.

FORESTRY - Mount 3 leaves on a 14”x22” poster board. Identify the 3 leaves on the poster.

GARDEN - Exhibit 1 vegetable and 1 single flower bloom, from your garden. Display flower in pop bottle. Follow single vegetable requirements listed in Garden section for regular 4-H for correct number of vegetables to exhibit.

HEALTH - Draw a picture or make a collage of what you might see on a bicycle outing with your family or friends. Mount your picture on a poster and follow poster guidelines.

LIVESTOCK - Exhibit a 14”x22” poster that has a picture of your animals, what they are, and what you learned about them.

            NOTE - Mini 4-H Livestock members are not to work with or show live animals in a 4-H event.

MODELS - Make and exhibit 1 snap together model truck or airplane.

READING – Make a poster following the poster guidelines that tells about one of your books. SCRAPBOOKING - Learn to preserve your memories in an organized and creative way. Exhibit 4 pages (2 pages front and back) in an album at least 8”x10” in size. See your manual for guidelines.

SEWING – A sewing box you have made or decorated.

WILDLIFE - Make and exhibit one bird house or bird feeder.

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