cloverbudsThink you’re too young to be in 4-H?

Our youngest 4-H’ers aren’t quite ready to participate in many of the project areas and/or activities that older children can, but there’s still plenty for them to do in 4-H, starting with fun!

The emphasis is on participation, learning and teamwork, not competition. They might learn about nutrition while helping to prepare simple snacks, plant seeds and learn what to do to help them grow, or help with animal grooming and feeding (with supervision).

Cloverbuds also provide opportunities for older youth to mentor and help a younger 4-H’er be successful, and start laying the groundwork for their future “career” as a 4-H member.

With Cloverbuds, safety comes first, and all of the activities are developmentally appropriate for this age group.

MSU Extension utilizes 4-H Cloverbud Camps as a developmentally appropriate experience that targets youth ages 5-8 years old. The following fact sheets are designed to help MSU Extension staff and volunteers, as well as other youth development professionals, plan a safe and positive experience for 5-8 year olds.

*Individuals not associated MSU Extension/4-H, please be sure to consult the policies and procedures related to programming with 5-8 year olds within your organization.

To learn about Cloverbud participation opportunities in your area, contact your closest MSU Extension office.


Michelle Neff

Michigan State University Extension Educator
PO Box 439
Harrison, MI
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