The Cloverbud project is specific to children in grades Kindergarten (5 year olds) through 2nd grade. The difference between a Cloverbud activity and a 4-H Project area is that the member engages in a variety of activities with a focus on developing a specific skill or concept, rather than focusing on a long-term course of studying a specific area.
Youth in grades K-2 are unique and special and wonderful. Activities in the Cloverbud Project are designed to meet their needs at an age appropriate level while having fun with hands-on, engaging activities. Some of the activities a youth can try with the Wisconsin 4-H Cloverbud project include:
- Experimenting with science, technology, engineering, and math
- Exploring their creative side with theater and visual arts
- Diving into animal and plant science
- Learning about themselves and others
- Giving back to their communities through service projects
- Many more activities
By the time youth are finished with 2nd grade and are entering 3rd grade, they have a better idea of what interests them in 4-H. They feel ready to choose the project(s) they want to learn more about, because they have already tried a variety of activities.
Cloverbud Activity Plans
Wisconsin Cloverbud learning activities can be used with youth in grades K-2 in a variety of settings, including 4-H club meetings, project meetings, day camps and afterschool programs.
Each activity features a different 4-H project area and targets the development of age-appropriate life skills. The instructions have been tested to be easy to follow for both youth and adult leaders, using materials that are usually low-cost and easy to find.
While each of the activities could be used as stand-alone, they are grouped together for a year-long activity series for youth in grades K-2. Each series includes:
- 27 activity plans, grouped as 9 per year for 3 years
- 27 family letters, available in English or Spanish
- Leader Resources