January 4-H Club and Activity Resources
Club Officers and Leaders are encouraged to make their club meetings as full of educational content as possible and consider how to incorporate the three mission areas (Leadership and Citizenship, Science and Healthy Living) throughout the year. Below are some helpful resources, topics, activities and more to help you plan your meetings. Feel free to use any of the ideas below during another month as well.
Does your club have a big event coming up? Maybe a fundraiser, open show or community service? Do you want to share something that you club did together? Check out this worksheet that will help you create a social media plan to share your story!
Your club leadership team can use this document to outline what will happen at your next club meeting. The document can be changed to reflect your club's order of business, just e-mail Katie to request the Word Document at email@example.com. This document can also help you build your agenda for your meeting to post ahead of time so your membership will know what to expect.
Mission Area 1: Leadership
Leadership is a very important part of a 4-H members experience. Leadership is something that officers get to practice, but other members can practice and learn more about leadership as well. These activities will help officers and members brush up on and learn new leadership skills.
Conquering Fears of Speaking in Public - Help youth identify what makes them scared of speaking in public, learn to plan for and around stage nerves, and build their communication skills through simple speaking opportunities. (30 minutes) Powerpoint Fact Sheet Worksheet
Time Management - Set up a strategy to set your priorities and identify steps to overcome barriers to effective time management. (Varies) Powerpoint Fact Sheet Daily Activity Chart 4-H Poster for Fair Activity
Mission Area 2: Science
You may have heard that S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a pretty common topic in education today. Help your 4-H club members generate some science excitement with one of these easy and low-cost experiments. If you aren't sure about leading a science activity, contact Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a club visit. She would love to introduce your club members to any of these experiments.
The Brown Apple Project - Explore the chemical reaction behind apple browning (1 hour and 15 minutes, can be shortened by preparing apples before the meeting)
Save Fred - Work with a partner to save Fred the worm before he drowns because his boat capsized. (15 minutes)
Straight as an Arrow - Test whether arrows really travel in a straight line by building a model and testing it out. (20-30 minutes)
Mission Area 3: Healthy Living
Part of the 4-H Pledge that we often forget to learn about is Healthy Living. Check out these fun activities as a great way to start learning more about Healthy Living. If you would like some help leading a Healthy Living activity at your club, contact Katie (email@example.com) to see if the Healthy Living Teens as Teachers Team could visit your club meeting to teach something new!
Protect Your Noggin - Why is it so important to wear a bicycle helmet. This is a great activity for health and safety officers. (10 minutes)
Does Eating Healthy Cost More? - Find out if it really is more expensive to eat healthier foods. (20 minutes)
Taking Good Care of Your Teeth - Learn why teeth are important and how to take care of them (15 minutes)
Livestock Clubs are encouraged to use the activities above just like community clubs so try them out! Here are a couple of other activities that are specific for our 4-H clubs that deal with animals.
Adding Healthy Living to Your Livestock Club - activities for each month's meeting (varies)
Other Helpful Resources
Club Financial Reports - due January 15th!
Club Unit Reports - due January 15th or sooner - this report tells everything that you club did over the last year
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