Involving Younger Children in 4-H
Traditional 4-H clubs involve youth that are between the ages of 8 and 18. But, younger kids can become involved too! Clover Kids and Mini 4-H are programs designed specifically to meet the needs of 5-7 year old boys and girls. The goal of this program is to promote positive development in children. Becoming a Clover Kid or Mini 4-Her is a fun and exciting way to learn life skills such as communication, self-esteem, social-interaction, learning, and making decisions. Clover Kids is the name used by Missouri 4-H and Mini 4-H is used by Kansas 4-H.
The 4-H motto is to learn by doing. Through a variety of non-competitive, educational, and fun activities, kids become excited about joining 4-H. Clover Kids and Mini 4-H have fun and learn by making things, working together, and playing together. Children learn about drama and storytelling, growing plants, careers, safety, music, money management, and can work with their pets as part of the Clover Kids or Mini 4-H program. They can also go to camp and show their projects in the county fair. Because of the developing nature of a young child’s self esteem, activities are non-competitive.
How are Clover Kid and Mini 4-H programs structured? Some programs are stand-alone clubs, and are organized by parents and volunteers with the support of a 4-H Youth Specialist. Other clubs meet at the same time and place as the older, regular 4-H members do, so that the whole family can go to the meeting together.
To become involved in Clover Kids or Mini 4-H, call your local extension office to find out how you can join or start a club.