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4-H Hobbies & Collections Project

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Too busy to begin a new 4-H project? That is okay! What you are already doing in your leisure time for enjoyment can be turned into a 4-H exhibit! By doing so, it also gives you documentation on why you are doing it, what it consists of, and what you have learned. Is your hobby or collection too valuable to bring to the state fair? Pictures can be taken instead and put in a binder. This is a project where documenting your interests and memories is easy to do and you will be able to look at in years to come.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


This project area teaches youth that what they like to do is important! They learn how to share their collection or hobby with others. It teaches organization skills by working to display what they have completed.


This is an opportunity to expand your hobby or collection such as labeling a car in a collection with the make and model or to increase the difficulty by adding more pieces to your Lego collection or puzzle hobby.


As a senior’s interests expand, they will further develop skills relating to their exhibit. The member will discover what their passions are and gain expertise in that area as a continued hobby or future career.

4-H Programming Priorities


Turning your leadership accomplishments into an exhibit, such as a scrapbook of your community service participation, will inspire others to do the same.

Health & Wellness

Hobbies include yoga, walking, running, weight-lifting, or a healthy recipe collections. Youth will be able to document their goals, progress, and achievements.


Science related collections include rocks, bugs, antlers, feathers, etc. Areas such as astronomy, bird watching, and starting an aquarium include science hobbies.


There are many options for exhibits relating to agriculture such as bee keeping, seed collecting, raising animals, and collecting antiques.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Public presentation on how to display your collection
  • Public presentation on how to complete your hobby
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Community Service

  •  Share the products of your hobby with others
  • Display collection for community members to enjoy
  • Teach others how to do your hobby/collection
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Career Connections

These projects assist youth in determining what they like and feel comfortable doing, giving them a strong foundation in selecting their career.

Exhibit Ideas


  • Antlers
  • Books
  • Cars
  • Coins
  • Feathers
  • Fishing lures
  • Music
  • Puzzles
  • Recipes


  • Cake decorating
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Flying kites
  • Needlework

Learning Resources