MINI 4-H QUALIFICATIONS AND EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS
- You must be enrolled in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade.
- You must enroll on 4honline.com. Mini 4-H waives the $15 enrollment fee.
- You may enroll in as many projects as you want. Recommendation is 1 to 3 projects.
- After you enroll online, you will need to stop by the office and pick up your manual(s).
- Do the activities in your project manual at home this summer with the help of your parents or friends.
- Make a simple project for display during the Henry County 4-H Fair. You enter your projects on Friday, July 10 from 3:30 –5:30 p.m in the Project Building. For exhibit recommendations, check mini project manuals.
- Summer activity information will be mailed to members after May 1st.
As a Mini 4-H Parent, you should:
- Help your son or daughter in selection of Mini 4-H Projects. (4-H record sheet & green folder not needed.)
- Help guide your child with the projects ... but don't do the work for them. 4-H is a "learn by doing" program. We have found that the experience is the
- Assist your child in the optional summer activities.
For exhibit recommendations, check mini project manuals.
MINI 4-H NON-COMPETITIVE POLICY
Mini 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children, Kindergarten through second grade. The goal of Mini 4-H is to help young children explore friendships outside the family; explore the way in which things work, and think about the ways people work together on projects.
The NON-COMPETITIVE learning environment for Mini 4-H includes:
- Planned learning activities in which children are invited to be active and explore materials and ideas without the pressure of completing a specific product or exhibit.
- Low adult/leader to child ratio that allows time for adults/leaders to provide individual, positive encouragement and assistance.
- Simple, interesting activities that are fun.
- Encouragement of children to participate in a group activity by sharing and or displaying their activity projects.
- Rewards that are identical and/or ribbons of the same color for everyone.
Projects are not judged, but instead discussed with child.
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. (“Assisted” is defined “as with the child at all times”.)
Mini 4-H members must sign up online when enrolling in Mini 4-H for livestock they wish to show. Failure to do so will result in Mini 4-H members not being able to show. This is for safety reasons. No youth under kindergarten grade will be allowed to show!
Mini 4-H Projects include:
Mini 4-H Livestock Projects (Beef, Dairy, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats, Poultry and Pigeons, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine)
**NO INTACT MALE ANIMALS ARE PERMITTED ON 4-H FAIRGROUNDS; MALE ANIMALS MUST BE CASTRATED**
Mini 4-H Beef
- Animals for Mini 4-H and Mini 4-H members will show under direct adult supervision.
- Animals will be supplied by the committee. Exhibitors will show in a special Mini Beef class at the end of the Beef show after showmanship.
- Beef brought by Mini 4-H members may be brought in the morning of the show and released following the show.
- All exhibitors will receive a completion ribbon.
Mini Cats & Small Pets
- Exhibit a cat or small pet at the 4-H Fair. Animals should be brought to the fair the day of the 4-H Cats & Small Pets Show. Exhibitors will show in a special Mini class at the beginning of the Cats & Small Pets show.
Mini 4-H Dairy
- Animals provided by the Mini 4-H family should be brought in the morning of the show.
- Exhibitors will receive completion ribbons.
- Animals will be supplied by the committee.
- Exhibitors will show in a special Mini Dairy Class.
Mini 4-H Dogs
- Exhibit a dog in obedience at the county fair following the same rules as regular 4-H. The class for Mini 4-H shall be 1A with exception that all exercises will be on leash.
- Exhibit a notebook showing pictures of at least three (3) breeds of dogs.
Mini 4-H Goats
- Goat kids to be born after January 1. Kids will be provided for Mini 4-H members to use, who do not own kids but wish to participate in the Mini 4-H goat class.
- Goats to be brought morning of show.
- See Farm Animals Project Manual for other exhibit options.
- Mini 4-H goats need not be clipped for show.
- Goats do not have to be registered.
- No bucks will be shown.
- All goats must be disbudded.
Mini 4-H Poultry
- Each Mini Poultry member may show 1 poultry animal.
- All poultry animals must be NPIP certified or blood tested to show in the Mini Poultry class.
Mini 4-H Rabbits
- Mini 4-H Rabbit participants will bring 1 rabbit to check in on Saturday evening or Sunday Morning. Mini 4-H rabbits will be judged at the beginning of the regular 4-H rabbit show. Mini exhibitors gain the opportunity to present their project to a licensed judge and are a part of the 4-H Show. Mini exhibitors can also exhibit in the Mini costume class.
- Crossbred rabbits are acceptable for Mini 4-H only, although purebred rabbits are recommended.
- Mini rabbits must be tattooed.
Mini 4-H Sheep
- See Farm Animal Project for additional
- Mini 4-H members may exhibit 1 lamb in a
special Mini 4-H sheep class at the beginning of the sheep show. Lambs will be provided for Mini 4-H members to use, who do not own lambs, but wish to participate in the Mini 4-H lamb class.
- Lambs shall be born after January 1 of the current year. Mini 4-H members may show ewe lambs or market lambs, but not yearling ewes.
- Lambs shown by Mini 4-H members may be owned and shown by regular 4-H members.
- Lambs not already at the fair may be brought in the morning of the show and released following the show.
- Exhibitors will receive completion ribbons.
The objective of the Mini 4-H sheep show is to enable the Mini 4-H member to learn how to show a lamb.
Mini 4-H Swine
- See Farm Animals Project manuals for additional exhibit options.
- Mini 4-H members may exhibit 1 animal in a special Mini 4-H swine class at the beginning of the swine show. Swine will be provided for Mini 4-H members to use, who do not own swine, but wish to participate in the Mini 4-H swine class.
- Swine shall be born after January 1 of the current year. Mini 4-H members may show barrows or gilts.
- Swine shown by Mini 4-H members may be owned and shown by regular 4-H members.
- Swine not already at the fair may be brought in the morning of the show and released following the show.
- Exhibitors will receive completion ribbons.
Mini 4-H Indoor Projects
Mini 4-H Bicycle
Bicycle riding is the outdoor activity most popular with children. Learn about choosing a bike, bicycle maintenance, traffic rules, hazards of the road, safety and helmets.
Mini 4-H Bowling
Bowling is a fun sport to be involved in for anyone. Learn rules of the sport, techniques and cooperation with other mini 4-H members (See rules on page 57).
Mini 4-H Collections
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.
Mini 4-H 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.
Mini 4-H 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.
Mini 4-H Farm Animals
There are all kinds of farm animals. Explore the world of farm animals, from the little ones...like rabbits and poultry, to the big ones...like cows and sheep.
Mini 4-H Fashion Revue
Do you like to pick out special outfits to wear? Put together an outfit and model it in our 4-H Fashion Revue show.
Mini 4-H Foods
Everyone can have fun in the kitchen. Learn about measuring, nutrition, making easy recipes and kitchen safety.
Mini 4-H 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.
Mini 4-H Gardening
Learn how plants grow. Plant seeds or small and watch them grow and make vegetables or flowers.
Mini Health & Safety
All kids must develop the lifelong habits necessary to become healthy, successful adults. Health and safety skills are important in our daily lives. As a part of this project, you will get to explore fitness, first aid, and safety rules.
Mini 4-H My Pet & Me
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, drawings, and stories in a notebook you put together. Let us read about your special pet!
Mini 4-H Models
Models are a great way to build things! Learn about models and different ways of making them.
Mini 4-H Plants & Flowers
Learn about plants and their special needs. Do great experiments with plants. You will also learn about different kinds of flowers.
Mini 4-H Reading
Reading is a fun and important part of life. Learn more about books, libraries, and parts of a story.
Mini 4-H 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.
Mini 4-H Sun, Stars & 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.
Mini 4-H Whales & 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 more.
Mini 4-H Wildlife Adventure
Do you ever wonder about the animals that live in the woods and open areas around your home or city? The world of wildlife beckons you! Learn about wild animals and birds that live around you.
NOTE: All Mini Projects must be picked up at the fair during Project Pick up times!