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All Mini 4-H Projects

January 17, 2020

Mini 4-H is a program designed for youth in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade, as of January 1st of the current year.

Mini 4-H members may take as many projects as they wish. Please consider the time and work that goes in these projects, and take only as many as you feel can be completed and displayed at the Fair.

All projects are to have a name label on them. Check project sheet(s) for the information needed on this label. Also, check and see how the project is to be displayed. All posters are to be covered with clear plastic (poster sleeves are available in the Extension Office) and have a stiff backing. All posters are to be 14" high x 22" wide. You may use any color of poster board. Each poster project should have a title.

Each Mini 4-H project will receive a ribbon.  There are no requirements on the number of activities that should be completed in the project manuals.

Completed record sheets and manuals (where applicable) are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM.  No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

 

MINI 4-H MEMBERS EXHIBITING ANIMALS

See complete information/rules on page 24 of your handbook.  A liability release form must be signed by parent/guardian and on file in the Extension Office before member will be allowed to show an animal.  These forms will be sent to parents in April of the current year.

Mini 4-H members will be allowed to show animals in an Exhibition Class sometime during that particular livestock specie show at the Noble County Community Fair.  No Mini 4-H’er will be allowed to auction animal(s).  They will only be allowed to show animals that are already enrolled in 4-H by a “regular” member.  Mini 4-H’ers will be “partnered” with a regular 4-H member who will mentor them in the care of, fitting, grooming and showing of their chosen animal specie.  Mini 4-H’ers will not be allowed to bring their own animals because of space issues with the exceptions of:  Cat, Dog, Pets and Rabbit. 

 

ALPACA

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the page found in your manual, label the parts of an Alpaca, and color the page.  Place in a folder for display.

 Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

A poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Alpacas”.  Include 4 pictures of you and your animal. 

 Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

A poster with 5 pictures, that include you and your animal, and an Alpaca related topic.

Suggested poster topics:

 

ARCHERY

Purdue University does not allow Mini 4-H’ers to handle firearms, and they consider a bow a firearm, so Mini 4-H Archery is a poster project.  Mini 4-H Archery members are encouraged to attend the 4-H Archery meetings, and observe the 3rd - 12 grade 4-H members as they shoot their bows.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A poster labeling the parts of a long bow.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

A poster labeling the parts of a recurve bow.  Also include a picture of a quiver, and target.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

A poster labeling the parts of a compound bow, and the parts of an arrow.

 

BICYCLE

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A poster with a picture of you wearing your bike helmet, with your bike.  Tell why it is important to wear a helmet, and how it should fit.

Exhibit – 1st Grade: 

A poster that has a drawing of a bike with all the parts labeled.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

A poster of hand signals and rules of the road, and tell about each one.

 

BUGS/ENTOMOLOGY

Almost anywhere you look you can find bugs. Learn about some of the things that make bugs different from each other, which bugs live in groups and which bugs live alone, and take a look at some of the special things bugs do.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Collect, identify, and display 3 insects, pinned to a piece of Styrofoam in a shoe box.  

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Make a poster of an insect, or spider. Label the body parts.
  2. Draw a picture of a butterfly. Be sure to make the design on the wings symmetrical.
  3. Collect, identify, and display 5 insects, pinned to a piece of Styrofoam in a shoe box.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Design and make your own bug, using materials found in your house.
  2. Make a poster, or book, showing the life cycle of a bug.
  3. Collect, identify, and display 7 insects, pinned to a piece of Styrofoam in a shoe box.

 

CAKE DECORATING

Exhibit — Kindergarten

Exhibit one (1) decorated cookie.  Let it set until frosting hardens, then place on a disposable plate, in a zip lock plastic bag or small box.

Exhibit — 1st Grade

Exhibit one (1) decorated brownie.  Let it set until frosting hardens, then place on a disposable plate, in a zip lock plastic bag or small box.

Exhibit — 2nd Grade: 

Exhibit one (1) decorated cupcake, placed on a disposable plate, or in a small box, covered loosely with plastic wrap.  Make sure the wrap does not stick to the decoration on your cupcake. 

 

COLLECTING

Everyone loves to collect things. Collecting is as easy as finding a group of your favorite rocks to putting together a group of pencils. Learn more about collecting and why people collect things.

PLEASE NOTE: Don't bring a collection of great value to the Fair, as 4-H will not be held responsible if lost or stolen.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A collection of 3 items, or pair of items, you have collected.  

Exhibit – 1st Grade:   

A collection of 5 items, or pair of items, you have collected.  

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:     

A collection of 10 items, or pair of items, you have collected.  

 

CRAFTS

Let's be creative and make a neat craft. Use your imagination as you design your craft. Crafts can be used for decorations and they make great gifts, too. Feel free to exhibit your own creation, or something from a kit. Snap Tile models are acceptable.

Exhibit – Kindergarten: A craft of your choice.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  A craft of your choice, different than last year.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: A craft of your choice, different than last year.

 

DINOSAURS

Dinosaurs no longer walk on the Earth, but they are still very popular. Learn about fossils, different kinds of dinosaurs, where dinosaurs lived, and how they may have become extinct.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A poster with 3 pictures of dinosaurs, properly identified.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. A poster with 4 pictures of dinosaurs. Make a label (2" x 4") for each picture with the following information on it: a.) Name of dinosaur, b.) Weight of dinosaur, c.) Size of dinosaur, d.) Type of Dinosaur.
  2. Make a model of your favorite dinosaur. You can use model materials of your choice.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Make a poster that shows how big dinosaurs were. Draw pictures of yourself, your house, your school, and your favorite dinosaur. Make a label (2" x 4") for each drawing with the following information on it: a.) name of thing, b.) Size of thing.
  2. Collect 5 types of plants that dinosaurs would be able to eat if they lived today. Exhibit the plants in a notebook. Make a label (2" x 4") for each plant with the following information on it: a.) Name of plant, b.) Why a dinosaur would eat it. c.) Where you found the plant.

 

ELECTRIC

In this project, you should obtain a grade specific kit from the extension office.  With the help of an adult, assemble the kit.

Exhibit – Kindergarten: Energy Stick

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  Solar car

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  Windmill

 

FARM ANIMALS

There are many types of farm animals. Some are big...some are small. They are all important to us. Some farm animals make food for us to eat, others help us on the farm. Learn about farm animals and how they fit in our world.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the pages found in your manual, color the Farm animals and properly label them.  Place in a folder for display.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. A poster showing the different kinds of farm animals.
  2. Make a model of your favorite farm animal. If you want to, add it to a farm scene made in a shoe box.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Make a poster showing the different things that farm animals make for us. (Example: hamburgers, wool, eggs, etc.)
  2. Talk to a farmer. Ask him/her questions about working on a farm, the kinds of animal he/she raises, and the feed that they use. You may ask other questions of your own choosing. Write a story about the farmer and his farm.

 

 FLOWERS & PLANTS

Learn about plants and their special needs. Do great experiments with plants. You will also learn about different kinds of flowers.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Two (2) cut flowers in a vase.  They may be the same kind, or different.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Three (3) cut flowers in a vase. The flowers can be the same kinds or different kinds. Attach a small label that tells the kind of flower(s).
  2. Exhibit a colored flower. (See Activity 6 for directions.)
  3. Make a poster with 3 pictures of flowers. Write the name of the flower next to it. Tell how much sun each needs.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. A flowering plant in a pot. Attach a small label that tells the kind of plant.
  2. A house plant. Attach a small label that tells the kind of plant.
  3. Exhibit a cacti. Attach a small label that tells the kind of cacti.

 

FOODS

Everyone can have fun in the kitchen. Learn about measuring, nutrition, making easy recipes and kitchen safety.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A cereal snack, may include candy, peanuts, etc.  Display in a plastic bag.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Two (2) no bake cookies using a recipe from your Mini 4-H Foods book. Display on a disposable plate in a plastic bag.
  2. Two (2) marshmallow treat squares using the recipe from your Mini 4-H Foods book. Display on a disposable plate in a plastic bag.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)

  1. Popcorn snack displayed in a small plastic sandwich bag. Start with popped corn and add other ingredients to make it your own.
  2. Two (2) brownies from a box mix. Display on a disposable plate in a plastic bag.

 

 FORESTRY

Trees are all around us. They grow big and strong for all to enjoy. Learn about trees, the wood they make and the animals that live in trees.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the instructions for Activity 8 in your “Forestry” manual, assemble and display “My Leaf Book.”

Exhibit – 1st Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Collect 3 to 5 "simple" leaves in good condition, without holes or torn edges. Mount your leaves on a poster board 14" HIGH x 22" WIDE, covered with plastic, and with a stiff backing. Leaves can be fastened with rubber cement or glue. Don't forget to label them with proper name.
  2. Make a poster of leaf rubbings using 5 leaves you find that you think are interesting. Label each with the leaf name.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade:  (choose one)  

  1. Make a poster that includes 1 "simple", 1 "compound", and 1 "conifer" pine leaf. Label each leaf with the tree name and if it is simple, compound or conifer.
  2. Make a poster showing different wood products.

 

GARDEN

Learn how plants grow. Plant seeds or small plants in a garden or in a pot, inside or outside, and watch them grow and make vegetables.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Display a plate with one (1) kind of vegetable, three (3) items. (Example - 3 tomatoes.)

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

Display a collection with two (2) kinds of vegetables, three (3) items each. (Ex-3 tomatoes, 3 carrots.)

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

Display a collection with three (3) kinds of vegetables, three (3) items.   (Example - 3 tomatoes, 3 green beans, 3 cucumbers.)

 

HORSE & PONY

Horses and ponies hold a special appeal for all youth. They take a lot of care, but can be very rewarding to have. Learn about horses, even if you don't have one.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the page found in your manual, color the horse and label the parts properly. Place in a folder for display.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

A poster which portrays some aspect of horse care, such as grooming, grooming equipment, nutritional requirements, breeds of horses, etc.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

You may make a poster or display, (i.e., 3D farm model, a round pen, reining or jumping patterns, your model horse collection, a collage of horse pictures, a model of a covered wagon, or draft horse pulling a wagon, etc). Just use your imagination and make an exhibit that will show your knowledge of the project. The display MUST be no more than 16" x 24", and a poster should measure 14" HIGH x 22" WIDE, covered with plastic and with a hard backing.

 

MODELS

Models are a great way to build things! Learn about models and different ways of making models.

Exhibit – Kindergarten: A simple, snap together model from a kit.

Exhibit – 1st Grade: An exhibit different from your project last year.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: An exhibit different from your project last year.

 

PETS

Do you enjoy animals? If an animal has four legs, crawls, flies, swims, or hops, you can bet someone has one for a pet. Caring for animals can be fun. In this

project, you get to share your pet with pictures, and stories on a poster you put together.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

A poster with 1 or 2 pictures of you and your pet(s).  Label the pictures with your pets’ name, and kind/breed of pet. 

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

A poster with 1 to 3 educational pictures, and a half page story about your pet.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

A poster with 3 to 5 educational pictures, and a full page story about your pet.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Exhibit—Kindergarten

3 color pictures, attached with adhesive, on a 14” x 22” poster.  Number each picture.  A title of your choosing placed at the top of the poster.

Exhibit—1st Grade

3 color pictures – one of an animal, one of a person, and one of scenery, attached with adhesive, on a 14” x 22” poster.  Number each picture.  A title of your choosing placed at the top of the poster.

Exhibit—2nd Grade

5 pictures (color, or black & white, or a mixture), with a mixture of vertical and horizontal placement, attached with adhesive, on a 14” x 22” poster.  Number each picture.  A title of your choosing placed at the top of the poster.

 

ROBOTICS

Get a kit offered by the Extension Office (a different one is available each year in this project).  Read and follow instructions carefully.  Exhibit your Robot at the 4-H Fair.

Exhibit—Kindergarten: Tin Can Robot

Exhibit—1st Grade: Solar Robot

Exhibit—2nd Grade: Educational Motorized Robot

 

SEWING

Learn the basic skills needed for sewing. Begin putting together the equipment needed for doing easy home sewing and repair work.

A SEWING MACHINE IS NOT NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT.

Exhibit – Kindergarten: A sewing kit as described in the manual.  

Exhibit – 1st Grade: A pin cushion as described in the manual, or a hand sewn and stuffed pin cushion.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: A throw pillow no larger than 12” x 12”.

 

SUN, STARS AND SPACE

Who doesn’t like to learn about the sun, the planets, and space?  Learn more about the planets in our solar system, the sun, constellations, and exploring space.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Design and make your own rocket using materials found in your house, like paper towel tubes and construction paper.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

Make a poster of the solar system. Label all the planets.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

Make a poster with information about a famous astronaut.

 

WEATHER

Get a kit offered by the Extension Office (a different one is available each year in this project).  Read and follow instructions carefully.  Exhibit your kit at the 4-H Fair.

Exhibit—Kindergarten: Wild Weather Kit

Exhibit—1st Grade: Weather Station

Exhibit—2nd Grade: Weather Science Kit

 

WHALES AND DOLPHINS

Whales and dolphins are fun to learn about.  They explore our oceans…so let’s explore them!  Learn about popular types of whales and dolphins, the parts of the whale, whale songs and the learning dolphin.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the pages found in your manual, color the whale, and dolphin, and display them in a notebook.

Exhibit – 1st Grade:    

A poster with 3 pictures of dolphins.  Make a label (2” x 4”) for each picture with the following information on it: a.) Type of dolphin, b.) Weight of dolphin, c.) Size of dolphin.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: 

A poster with 4 pictures of whales. Make a label (2" x 4") for each picture with the following information on it:  a.) Type of whale, b.) Weight of whale, c.) Size of whale.

 

WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

Do you ever wonder about the animals that live in the woods and open areas around your home or community?  The world of wildlife beckons you!  Learn about

wild animals and birds that live around you.

Exhibit – Kindergarten

Using the pages in your manual, color the wild animals, label them with the proper name, and display them in a notebook.  You may color and display as many of the pages as you wish.

Exhibit – 1st Grade: (choose one)

  1. Birds of Indiana poster.
  2. Birds mobile.
  3. Bird feeder.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: (choose one)

  1. Bird Watching Chart poster.
  2. Local Wildlife poster.

 

WOODWORKING

Do you like to work with wood, hammer, nails and glue? In this project you will purchase a simple kit to make a bird house, feeder, or other wood project, or make your own from scratch.  Your bird house or feeder needs to be ready to hang, or mount on a post. No pre-finished, pre-painted, pre-assembled, or pre-varnished kits.

You need to nail or glue your wooden pieces together, and finish them (paint, varnish, etc.) yourselfThe cost of your project should be between $5 and $10.

Exhibit – Kindergarten: A simple wood project.

Exhibit – 1st Grade: An exhibit different from your project last year.

Exhibit – 2nd Grade: An exhibit different from your project last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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