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Mini 4-H Projects

February 20, 2020

MINI 4-H PROJECTS*

MINI 4-H GUIDELINES:

  1. Newton County offers TWENTY (20) projects for kindergarten through 2nd grade members.
  2. A Mini 4-H member may enroll in any number of projects.
  3. NO RECORD SHEETS OR MANUALS ARE REQUIRED FOR ANY OF THE MINI PROJECTS LISTED IN THE PERISCOPE.
  4. All the information you will need to complete Mini projects is in the Periscope.
  5. Ribbons will be awarded to all Mini projects; however, awards will be limited to ribbons.
  6. Mini projects are exhibited at the county fair only.
  7. Mini Aerospace, Mini Cake Decorating, Mini Foods, Mini Gift Wrap, Mini Horse & Pony Poster, Mini Models, Mini Sewing, and Mini Woodcraft are to be entered for exhibit at the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds. Mini Animal projects will be exhibited as part of the respective 4-H livestock show.
  8. Mini members MUST follow health regulations and/or supply a Certificate of Vaccination when required. See each individual animal project explanation for guidelines.
  9. Mini members are not eligible to sell animals in the 4-H Auction.

             General Poster Instructions:

  1. Make a poster 22”x 28” displayed horizontally with the standard 2” x 4” label in lower right hand corner, stating name, age, township and club. See Poster instructions on pages 13 and 14 of the Periscope for more specific instructions.

 

Safety Policy for Mini 4-H members: “Mini 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 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less. Mini 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 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.

 

The Mini 4-H Liability Release Form will be sent to the parents of youth enrolled in Mini 4-H animal activities.  The form must be signed and returned to the Extension Office by the designated date before a Mini 4-Her may participate in 4-H animal activities.

Mini Aerospace

EXHIBIT: Swift Rocket.

General Instructions:

  1. Make a flying model rocket from a kit. You will need a hobby knife, white glue, a pencil, a brush, hobby sanding paper, Aero Gloss Dope (sanding sealer), Aero Gloss Dope Thinner and Tester spray paint (a bright color).
  2. A safety/construction workshop may be held in the spring. Parents and members are encouraged to attend.
  3. Members must abide by the current model rocketry safety code as established by the National Association of Rocketry. A copy of the code will be provided.

 

Mini Baskets

EXHIBIT: Small, round basket

Construct a small round basket made with a wooden base so that:

  1. The base is secure to the basket.
  2. All ends are tucked inside the basket and cut so they only overlap two spokes.
  3. The rim is secure to the basket.
  4. The basket is of natural reed plus one color of choice.

 Several workshops will be held where a basket can be made under supervision. Supplies provided, cost under $10.00.

 

Mini Beef/Dairy

 EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of cattle and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Cattle.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One feeder calf or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

 

  1. Calves must be born after January 1 of the current year and cannot exceed 700 pounds.
  2. Members will be expected to bring back the same calf for regular competition at next year’s fair.
  3. Calves must be broken to lead and show stick trained.
  4. Calves will be shown to enable the member and the calf to gain show experience.
  5. All health regulations for 4-H Beef Show apply.
  6. All breeds will show together.
  7. May be released immediately following the show.
  8. Mini members may show an animal (beef) that belongs to another member of their immediate family as long as that animal is properly enrolled at the county fair. The animal must stay the entire fair.
  9. Parents or immediate family member may assist in the ring.

 

Mini Cake Decorating

 EXHIBIT: One decorated “giant cookie” Styrofoam circle. Standard size circles are approximately 1”x 6” and are available from a discount or hobby store craft or floral department. General Instructions:

  1. Use a simple icing to frost your “giant cookie.” Decorate it using 2 decorator tips. You may also use additional decorations.
  2. Exhibit your “giant cookie” at the county fair.
  3. Decorations you may wish to use: candy, nuts, crushed cereal, coconut, sprinkles, marshmallows, & raisins.

 

Mini Cats

 

EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of cats and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Cats.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One cat or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. Members may own or share a cat for show.
  2. Kittens must be 4-8 months old; cats are 8 months or older.
  3. There are 3 pieces of required “paperwork.” Several weeks before the fair, you will receive Cat Show information in the mail. Included in this mailing will be a Cat Show Class Card, which you need to complete and return to the Superintendent or the Extension Office one week prior to the Show so the various classes can be planned. Certification of Vaccination (4-H 777), signed by the veterinarian administering them, must accompany your cat to the Cat Show. Also bring a close-up photo of you and your cat to the Cat Show. This is for display at the fair, since cats are taken home after the Show.
  4. Cats must be free of fleas, fungus, ear mites, parasites, or other communicable diseases. The Vaccination Certificate states that “Cats will be examined by a veterinarian (or vet tech) at the time of exhibition.  Any sign of a communicable disease will result in cat being sent home.”
  5. For the 4-H Cat Show, bring the cat in a suitable cage or pet carrier with kitty litter included. All cats must wear a collar.  The exhibitor is responsible for providing water and grooming aids.
  6. Carry cat to the show table at the 4-H Cat Show. Prior to and during the Show, cats should be removed from carriers only for grooming or judging. Cats must be on a leash when not caged.
  7. Members should be able to discuss basic cat care with the judge.
  8. Mini members may participate in the cat carrier decoration exhibit, described in the 4-H Cats project description in the Periscope.
  9. Take cat home immediately following the Cat Show.

 

 

Mini Construction Toys

 EXHIBIT: Must be no taller than 6” high and have a base no larger than 6” square.

  1. Construct and exhibit a character such as an animal, a person, a statue, or an object.
  2. NO motorized parts.

 

 

Mini Dog Obedience

  EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of dogs and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Dogs.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One dog, at least six months old by county fair or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include

                     you and your animal and a related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc.

                    See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. Mini 4-Her will learn about the care, housing, health, grooming, and socialization of a dog.
  2. A folder of project information will be provide at the Dog Obedience Orientation held in the spring for all Dog Obedience and Mini Dog Obedience members.
  3. All 4-H dogs must have a Certification of Vaccination (4-H 671), signed by a licensed, accredited veterinarian indicating the dog has been vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, rabies, bortella (kennel cough) and parvovirus all within one year of exhibiting at the county fair. The Certificate must accompany all 4-H dogs at all training sessions, and the Dog Obedience Show.
  4. 4-H member may share a dog for meetings and show. A dog being shown in the dog project must belong to the exhibitor or to a member of the immediate family or household.  Dogs may only be shown by the 4-H member, their sibling, or their parent from May 15 through the Dog Show.  Exhibition by any other individual makes the dog ineligible for State Fair exhibition. 
  5. Dogs must wear a well fitted slip, buckle, or martingale collar made of leather, fabric, or chain. Exception: Gentle leader collars may be worn at training but are not allowed at the Dog Obedience Show at the fair. The leash may be of fabric or leather and shall be six feet in length. All grooming supplies are the responsibility of the 4-H member. Dogs will not be permitted to participate in training or showing events if not accompanied by the proper equipment.  Financial assistance may be available for proper dog equipment.  Please contact Superintendent.
  6. To learn training techniques and specific exercises, Mini members and their dogs should attend 4 training sessions and the Dog Obedience Orientation workshop for all members. Attendance at any additional training sessions is welcomed.
  7. Mini Dog will be part of the Dog Obedience Show at the fair.
  8. Exhibitors should appear neat and well groomed. Dress guidelines and appropriate clothing will be discussed during training.

 

 

Mini Foods

 Project Guidelines:  You will learn to read a recipe, follow the directions, and prepare the recipe. Make sure you have an adult help you purchase ingredients and learn how to prepare the recipes.

 

Mini Foods members have a choice of 3 recipes to prepare for exhibit: Honey Hives, Haystack Cookies, or Black-eyed Susans. Exhibit ONE recipe only. You may want to try preparing all three for your family to enjoy. Each recipe is unique; the first two are no-bake cookies. Honey Hives have a thick dough that you form into a beehive shape. Haystacks require melting chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave or on the stove top, and Black-eyed Susans are mixed and baked, then the chocolate kiss is added.

 

EXHIBIT: Six (6) Honey Hives, OR Haystacks, OR Black-eyed Susans.

General Instructions: Cookies should be placed on a firm, disposable plate. Cover exhibit securely with plastic wrap or put inside a sealable bag.

 

Honey Hives

1 cup peanut butter                                                                   1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla                                                                     2 cups rice cereal

¾ cup raisins                                                                             (Rice Krispies)

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Haystack Cookies

                6 oz. pk chocolate chips                                                                    12 oz. chow Mein noodles

                6 oz. pk butterscotch chips                                                                  1 C peanuts, optional

 

               DIRECTIONS:

 

Black-eyed Susans

               ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) margarine or butter, softened                      12 drops yellow food color

               ½ cup sugar                                                                           1 large egg

               1 tsp vanilla                                                                            1 pkg (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened

               2 cups flour                                                                            36 chocolate kisses

 

 

            DIRECTIONS:

 

 

Mini Gift Wrap

EXHIBIT: One empty square or rectangular box wrapped with purchased paper and decorated with purchased bow.

General Instructions:

  1. Lay the box you are wrapping upside down on the wrapping paper. If the paper has a pattern or printed message, make sure the design is centered on the box so that it shows to best advantage.
  2. Estimate the amount of paper required to go completely around the box and overlap it by 2-4”. Paper should extend at the ends no more than ¾ the depth of the box.
  3. Lap one edge of paper over the other and tape in place.
  4. Beginning on one end, fold the top flap down toward the center. The side flaps are then folded toward the center and finally the bottom flap is brought up and taped in place.
  5. Repeat this procedure on the other end. Be sure that the paper is kept tight.
  6. Complete your package with a bow and/or ribbon.
  7. During the year, practice wrapping 2 or 3 square or rectangular boxes with purchased wrapping paper.

 

 

                                                                                                               

 

Mini Goats

EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of goats and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Goats.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One doe or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. All health regulations regarding goats for exhibition will apply.
  2. Mini goats will come the day of the show and may be released following the show. If you choose to stay for the duration of the fair, superintendents must know prior to fair so open space is available. If you choose to stay, the goat may not go home early.
  3. All Mini goat members should attend a workshop on caring for goats.
  4. Mini Goat members may show a goat that belongs to another member of their immediate family as long as that animal is properly enrolled at the county fair. It can be a dairy, pygmy, or meat doe or wether.
  5. In some cases, there may be a child who really wants to show a goat, but, goat is not available to them. These cases will be taken care of on an individual basis. Contact Scott and Maureen for guidance on this issue.

 

 

 

 

Mini Horse and Pony

EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of horses or ponies and the body parts labeled. See poster

                     guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Horses and Ponies.” Include 4

                     pictures of you and your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One horse or pony or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. All horses and ponies must be owned or leased by 4-Her or family member (no stallions) by May 15 of current year. No official lease agreement is needed. 
  2. Mini 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.
  3. The Mini 4-Her will learn about the care, housing, health, feeding and grooming of a horse.
  4. Mini member should attend at least 1 county Horse & Pony event (a meeting or a clinic).
  5. The following classes are available:
    1. Showmanship (Halter)
    2. Horsemanship (Walk-trot or Lead-line)
    3. Costume class (theme will be announced) The Mini 4-Her should participate in either walk-trot or lead-line, and may choose to participate in both. Costume class is optional.
  6. Mini Classes will be conducted at the county fair with the 4-H Horse and Pony Show (specific times will be announced).
  7. Suitable attire must be worn in all classes.
  8. All health requirements for horse and pony will apply.
  9. Mini Horse and Pony animals must be in place (stall) by 9:00 a.m. on day of show and will be released following the show.

 

 

 

Mini Models

 EXHIBIT: One model from a snap-together kit.

General Instructions:

  1. Select a snap-together model kit (no glue). Find one that is appropriate for your age.
  2. Follow the instructions carefully. Models may have decals or may be painted.
  3. There are a variety of snap-together kits available including cars, trucks, monster trucks, planes, helicopters, dinosaurs, etc. Call the Extension Office if you need help finding a model.

 

  

Mini Poultry/Turkey/Waterfowl

 EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of poultry and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Poultry.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One chicken, duck, goose or turkey or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and

                     your animal and a related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster

                     guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. Contact poultry Superintendent in January or February to get information on where to order chicks.
  2. All health regulations regarding poultry for exhibition will apply.
  3. May be released immediately following the show.
  4. The purpose of 4-H Mini Poultry is to give the member experience in showing poultry, waterfowl, or turkeys.

 

   

Mini Rabbits

EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of rabbits and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Rabbits.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One rabbit or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. You may show a purebred or crossbred rabbit.
  2. All members will be responsible for carrying their rabbit to and from the judging table.
  3. Rabbit must be in good general health.
  4. You are encouraged to attend 4-H Rabbit Workshops when offered.
  5. Mini Rabbits must be tattooed before the fair.
  6. Mini Rabbits must be entered on Sunday between 10am-4pm.  Mini members may show a rabbit that belongs to another member of their immediate family as long as that animal is properly enrolled. If a family member’s animal is being used, it must stay for the entire fair. If it is their own enrolled animal, it may be taken home immediately after the show on Monday. Please let the Superintendent know when you are taking this rabbit home.
  7. The purpose of 4-H Mini Rabbits is to give the member experience in showing rabbits.

 

 

  

 Mini Sewing

EXHIBIT: One place mat.

General Instructions:

  1. Select a piece of loosely woven fabric (cotton is best) and matching thread.
  2. 12”

     Straighten and pre-shrink your material.
  3. Cut it into a 12” x 18” rectangle.

 

Stitch the Mat:

  1. Stitch on the sewing machine all around the mat ½” in from the edge.
  1. Lay the fabric so that most of it is to the left of the needle. Lower the needle ½” from the edge of the fabric and begin stitching.
  2. When you come to a corner, stop stitching ½” from the corner with the needle down in the fabric. Raise the presser foot, turn the fabric, lower the presser foot, and continue sewing. Repeat this at every corner.
  3. Finally, you will come to the place where you started sewing. Just keep stitching until you have stitched on top of your first stitching for about 1 inch, then backstitch to where you first started stitching.
  4. Remove the mat from the sewing machine and trim the threads very close to the fabric.

 

Make the Fringe:

  1. Make the fringe by pulling out all threads between the stitching and the edge. It is usually best to pull just one thread at a time.
  2. If you were not able to stitch exactly straight along the thread when you did the machine stitching, some of the threads will unravel.
  3. Stop when the thread of the fabric is caught with the machine stitching.
  4. With small pointed scissors, cut the thread that you are raveling out and pull it away from the mat.
  5. Press your mat and see how nice it looks.

 

PROJECT SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS:

 

 

 

Mini Sheep

 EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of sheep and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Sheep.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One commercial or registered ewe lamb or wether or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that

                     include you and your animal and a related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship,

                     etc. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

 

General Instructions:

  1. Members will be encouraged to show the animal at next year’s fair as a yearling ewe. Wethers are excluded from this rule.
  2. All health regulations regarding sheep for exhibition will apply.
  3. May be released immediately following the show.
  4. Mini members may show a lamb that belongs to another member of their immediate family as long as that animal is properly enrolled at the county fair and is not going to the Indiana State Fair. The sheep must stay at the entire fair.
  5. The purpose of Mini Sheep is to give the member experience in showing a lamb.

 

  

 

Mini Sportfishing

EXHIBIT: One item that shares what you learned about fishing in this project. Items to choose from could include:

  1. Poster 22”x28” of collage of photos. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14; or
  2. Item you made examples: fishing game, photo journal with captions, story notebook with pictures, knot examples, etc.

General Expectations:

  1. Follow rules of courtesy and fishing etiquette outlined in “Successful Fishing” handout.
  2. Attend 4-H Sportfishing events with family members. There will be sessions to learn about fishing, 5 or 6 dates to actually fish, and end of the year celebration with prizes and a fish fry for all those that completed the project by exhibiting at the Newton County Fair.
  3. Parents are expected to participate with the member.
  4. Fishing equipment is available for members that need it.
  5. Fishing events will be held at private ponds or on “Indiana DNR Free Fishing Days” so no license will be required for adults to fish with their child.

 

 

 

Mini Swine

 EXHIBIT: Kindergarten: One 22” x 28” poster with pictures of swine and the body parts labeled. See poster guidelines  

                     on pages 13 and 14. 

               1st Grade: One 22” x 28” poster with an illustrated story on “Why I Like Swine.” Include 4 pictures of you and    

                     your animal. See poster guidelines on pages 13 and 14. 

                2nd Grade: One barrow or gilt or one 22” x 28” poster with 5 pictures that include you and your animal and a

                     related topic. Examples include: housing, feeding, care, showmanship, etc. See poster guidelines on  

                     pages 13 and 14. 

General Instructions:

  1. All breeds will be shown together.
  2. All health regulations regarding swine for exhibition will apply.
  3. May be released immediately following the show.
  4. The purpose of the 4-H Mini Swine is for the member to gain experience in showing swine.
  5. Mini members may show a barrow or gilt that belongs to another member of their immediate family as long as that animal is properly enrolled at the county fair and is not going to the Indiana State Fair.  The animal must stay for the entire fair.

 

 

 

Mini Woodcraft

 EXHIBIT: Sanded cutting board.

General Instructions:

  1. The purpose of this project is to help you learn how to sand properly. You will hand sand a pre-cut cutting board. You will also learn how to treat the board with oil so it can be used.
  2. You can purchase a cutting board at cost from the Extension Office. Several designs are available. Or, you can have someone cut a pattern of your choice.
  3. Raise the wood grain by wiping the cutting board with a damp rag. Let it dry for 24 hours, then sand the cutting board with sand paper. Start with 80 grit for the first sanding, and then finish bare wood with 120 grit. All wood surfaces should feel smooth, not fuzzy to the touch.
  4. To treat the wood, lightly apply mineral oil (from a drugstore) with a clean rag. Rub in. Allow to dry and repeat. Never use vegetable or cooking oils to treat a cutting surface as in time, these oils can become rancid.
  5. Do not put any paint, varnish, or stain on your cutting board.

After the fair, wash the cutting board with detergent and hot water so it is ready to use. Reapply oil occasionally to a clean cutting board.

 

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