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4-H Child Development Project

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The possibilities are endless in the child development 4-H project area! Learn how children grow and develop and apply that to create games, snacks, and books for children. Gain more experience by working with children and consider future career paths.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

Beginners

Beginners start by learning development stages, how children express emotions, and what a safe environment is. Using this knowledge, youth can create appropriate toys and games, identify choking hazards, and plan activities.

Juniors

Build on knowledge by classifying toys and activities for specific ages of children, make healthy and safe food choices, and plan and carry out age appropriate activities. Youth gain experience with assistance individually.

Seniors

Seniors have a strong knowledge of developmental stages and milestones. Apply this by learning guidance and discipline methods, working with children with special needs, observing child behavior, and working with children independently.

4-H Programming Priorities

Leadership

In your county 4-H program, assist with Cloverbud workshops and meetings. Younger 4-H members and children look up to you. Be a role model and set a good example.

Health & Wellness

Plan nutritious snacks and meals to promote the importance of healthy eating habits. Plan fun and active games to play and encourage children to play outdoors.

Science

Make learning fun! Expose children to science by doing safe, age appropriate, and entertaining science experiments.

Agriculture

Find ways to educate children about agriculture. Create lesson plans based on the age and developmental stage of children you’ll be teaching.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Read a children’s book to an elementary classroom
  • Discuss age appropriate toys for children
  • Demonstration on snacks appropriate for children
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Community Service

  • Volunteer to provide childcare during an event
  • Collect and donate toys for a shelter
  • Make blankets for a children’s hospital
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Career Connections

  • Teacher
  • Social work
  • Nurse
  • Childcare provider
  • Psychologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Speech/language therapist

Exhibit Ideas

  • Write and illustrate a children’s book
  • Create a babysitting kit
  • Poster describing developmental stages
  • Book of activities for children
  • Make an age appropriate toy, game, or puzzle
  • Display of a home safety checklist