About the 4-H Child Development Project
Create instructional and/or play materials for young children at different age levels! Items can teach things like speech and language, hand-eye coordination, and many more developmental aspects of life and could be used for babysitting, younger brothers and sisters, preschoolers, or toddlers.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Child Development Project Manuals
You can learn more about child development by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Child Development Level A (Grades 3-4): Building a Bright Beginning
- Child Development Level B (Grades 5-6): Building Blocks of Learning
- Child Development Level C (Grades 7-9): Building a Strong Foundation
- Child Development Level D (Grades 10-12): Building Relationships Toward a Brighter Tomorrow
- Child Development Helper's Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Track what you learn by using one of the child development project record sheets:
- Child Development Level A Record Sheet (Grades 3-4)
- Child Development Level B Record Sheet (Grades 5-6)
- Child Development Level C Record Sheet (Grades 7-9)
- Child Development Level D Record Sheet (Grades 10-12)
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit poster or notebook to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County Showcase.
- Child Development project exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Project displays may be posters or notebooks.
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Child development project exhibits from 4-H members grades 3 and up may advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Explore different aspects of child development by creating a poster or notebook about what you learned, or create an educational toy.
- Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Child Development Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s child development project page for more resources.
- Look for workshops in your area about child development or go to your local library for more books and ideas.