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4-H Cloverbuds Project

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Exploring, asking questions, and an eagerness to learn is what makes the Cloverbud age such an exciting time! The 4-H Cloverbuds program, specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grade, appeals to a child’s natural curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, and high energy level. Offering a wide variety of activities and experiences, in a non-competitive environment, encourages children to explore and think about the world around them. You and your child are sure to learn and grow through Cloverbuds!

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

Five-Year Olds

Participate in activities allowing them to work and play in small groups as well as asking and answering questions. Activities will focus on the process rather than the finished product. Perfection is not the primary goal.

Six-Year Olds

Youth continue to make friends as they play and learn in small groups. Activity remains focused on the process rather than the finished product. Exploration and creativity of youth is encouraged in order to stimulate conversation.

Seven-Year Olds

Take advantage of opportunities to practice skills and do projects that can be completed by beginner 4-H members. Cloverbuds will reflect on their learning experiences, preparing them for recording future experiences in a 4-H member book.

4-H Programming Priorities


Small group work fosters cooperation and trust. Projects encourage practice and mastery, allowing youth to reflect on their work and identify areas for improvement.

Health & Wellness

Lesson plans are designed around physical activities that use large motor skills. Leaders create a positive environment through encouragement and praise.


Children will be encouraged to take part in activities that can be done over and over in different ways, similar to that of science and engineering processes.


Cloverbud snacks should be simple and nutritious and are easily related to concepts that emphasize the importance of agriculture in South Dakota and everyday life.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Club meeting/activity participation
  • Exhibit show and tell
  • Small animal showmanship
  • Companion animal showmanship
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Community Service

  • Park clean up
  • Help with Meals on Wheels delivery
  • Make tie blankets for a local shelter or care center
  • Give Valentines to senior citizens
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Career Connections

Leads to study of future career choices:

  • Chef
  • Entomologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Engineer
  • Math teacher

Exhibit Ideas

  • Dog
  • Rabbit
  • Companion animal
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Banana muffins
  • Horticulture (beans, peas, carrots)
  • Selected outfit
  • School artwork (mixed media, watercolor projects, clay/ceramic)
  • Homemade slime
  • Completed craft kit

Learning Resources