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:

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:

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 4-H Showcase.

Exhibit Guidelines

Score Cards

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