Mini 4-H Program
To join Mini 4-H, enroll online at https://in.4honline.com/ or visit our office to fill out a paper form. Don't forget to choose projects and sign the bottom of the form before returning it to the Extension Office. If you would like more information about Mini 4-H, contact Taylor VanMeter, Extension Youth Assistant, at 812-435-5287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mini 4-H is fun! Monthly meetings are held at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center where children are encouraged to experience the joy of learning by participating in games, songs, and hands-on, minds-on activities. Meetings are not required for participation,
Mini 4-H offers something for every child! The Mini 4-H project activities are hands-on learning opportunities designed to provide a meaningful educational experience for youth. Members may choose from several projects. The activities in each project manual are to be completed under an adult's guidance.
Mini 4-H is exciting! The Mini 4-H program is set up to allow children to display up to three completed project activities at the Vanderburgh County Fair in July. The Fair is an exhilarating week that allows community youth to showcase their enthusiasm for learning. Project exhibition is not required for participation.
4-H is designed to involve the whole family in the 4-H experience! As a Mini 4-H adult helper, your job will be to guide and encourage each child through the activities. A wide range of activities is provided to allow you to choose the ones most appropriate for the children you are working with. It is strongly suggested that you do not complete the activities for them. Encourage and praise the children as they have fun learning and sharing with you! Help them, guide them, work with them, and let them do all that they possibly can. The 4-H program believes in allowing children to learn by doing.
Philosophical Base and Structure: The purpose of the 4-H program is to help young people develop their potential. This non-formal experiential educational program encourages the development of feelings of self-worth and specific life skills through positive relationships between adults and youth. 4-H learning relies on a 'learning and doing' process for teaching. Participants gain skills and participate in activities that are relevant and appropriate for their age. The goal of all 4-H programs, including Mini 4-H, to provide children with opportunities to gain useful skills and information, socially acceptable methods to deal with personal challenges and meaningful techniques to contribute to their community. Positive learning experiences are the primary reason for involvement in the program.
Projects offered in Mini 4-H:
- Arts & Crafts- In this project you will experiment with different colors and textures to create an art project of your choice.
- Bicycle- This project will teach you how to care for your bicycle and ride it safely. For your exhibit you will make a poster about what you have learned.
- Bugs- In this project you will explore some of the things that make bugs different from each other. For your exhibit you will make a poster or diorama about what you have learned.
- Collections- Do you save rocks, buttons, or anything else cool? This project will help you organize your collection. Your exhibit can be pictures of your collection or your collection itself!
- Dinosaurs- In this project you will learn about dinosaurs and how they lived long ago. For your exhibit you will make a poster about one of the dinosaurs or a "dino" diorama.
- Farm Animals- In this project you learn more about farm animals. You may choose from dairy cows, beef cattle, goats, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, or horses. For your exhibit you will make a poster about what you have learned.
- Foods- In this project you will learn about the food groups and how to use the MyPlate guidelines. As you learn to mix and measure ingredients, you will have fun making cookies. Your exhibit will be your delicious dish!
- Forestry- In this project you will study the different types of seeds and leaves of trees. You will also learn how animals make their homes in trees, what trees give us, and how they help us. Your exhibit will be a poster telling about trees and how they help us.
- Garden- In this project you will learn how to plan and care for your garden and plants. You will exhibit one of the following: a vegetable or herb or any plant/flower. You could also make a poster with pictures of your garden.
- Pets- This project teaches how to have fun and care for your pet. For your poster exhibit you will use pictures to tell about your pet.
- Sewing- In this project you begin collecting the tools you need to start sewing. Your exhibit will be a sewing project that you have completed or a sewing box with tools and a pin cushion.
- Space- In this project you will learn about space and the planets. You may create your own rocket or make a poster to display what you have learned for your exhibit.
- Tractor- In this project you will learn about tractors and how they are used. You will learn about the safety issues that are important for their use. This will give you an intro into the Farm or Garden tractor project available in Grade 3. No actual tractor driving will be a part of this project. You will exhibit a poster with pictures, a story, or a combination telling about your favorite tractor.
- Wildlife- In this project you will learn the things animals need to survive. Your exhibit will be a poster or diorama about a wild animal you have seen in Indiana.