Fall Fun with Cloverbuds

Autumn is here! Temperatures are getting cooler and days are getting shorter. Fall is a favorite of many families. There are so many things to enjoy about the fall, but what happens when chilly and rainy days upset your plans for a sun-filled perfect autumn day? Most of the following activities can be done inside, with warm dry clothes, still creating seasonal memories with your Cloverbuds.

Rainy Weather? Go out Anyway! In his 1973 book, “Coast to Coast”, Alfred Wainwright wrote “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Sometimes, rainy days make the best days outdoors. Popular outdoor areas, like pumpkin patches, the zoo, and the parks see a reduced attendance rate on less than picture perfect days, so you’ll have smaller crowds. Places like the zoo or aquarium have interspersed buildings that can provide a quick place to duck in if the weather is especially blustery. If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor experience, local metro parks or your own backyard are the perfect solution. Take your Cloverbuds (be sure to tell parents in advance so they can dress their Cloverbud for the weather) on a wet weather scavenger hunt for the biggest and smallest puddle, see who can create the biggest splash, find animals tracks in the mud, or make leaf boats to float. A bonus of parks and trails is gathering fallen leaves or materials to use to make art but be sure to leave the wildflowers for others to enjoy. (Know and follow your local park guidelines. Some have policies that state the only thing you should take is pictures.) So be prepared for a little rain and a little mud. Pack that extra change of clothing, strap on those rainboots, grab the raincoat, and enjoy the wet weather!

Looking for indoor activities to use with your Cloverbuds this fall? If you have leaves available in your backyard (or collected after a hike), use them to make some amazing works of art. Leaves can be used to make a nature art frame, or used outside for games and activities. Fall wildflowers such as ironweed and goldenrod make beautiful backgrounds for your frame too.

Thinking ahead to upcoming holidays, floral arrangements or wreaths make excellent indoor activities. Using materials from the discount store and hot glue, fun fall decorations can be made with budget friendly materials. Cut the center out of a paper plate and glue leaves and pinecones around the edges for a fall look or go spooky with tissue ghosts and black construction paper handprints.

Homemade play dough never goes out of style and can be used more than once if it is stored properly. Check your spice cabinet and add cinnamon, pumpkin or apple pie spice, or nutmeg to create a fragrant hands-on fall theme play day! Be sure to tell Cloverbuds not to eat the homemade play dough.

Carve pumpkins and use the seeds to make a salty snack or dye them and use for counting, making patterns, color sorting or creating seasonal art! Learn how to dye the harvested seeds and find a list of STEAM seed activities here.

Don’t forget to check out the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch in a few weeks to register those apple crunches for Ohio which helps celebrate October as Farm to School month. Every tasty bite counts!







Written by Lindsey Van Gundy

Don’t forget to check out the 4-H Cloverbud Connections: https://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/ 

Booth Building 2023- Updated

All clubs are able to sign up for a booth space this year! We encourage all clubs to reserve a space! This is how members will display their exhibits for still projects.  Let’s make our booth building an exciting place to visit! We need full booths, interesting exhibits and displays, and most important, welcoming 4-H members on patrol.

UPDATE: Clubs will not be needed for Sunday, July 16. Booth set-up night is Wednesday, July 19 from 3:00-8:00pm. During the construction time on July 19th, clubs wanting their own booths may allow members may check in projects. They must check in projects with Lindsey during that time. Clubs with booths are responsible for filling 4 hours of “booth patrol” during the week of fair. That sign-up is also below.

In order to receive the premium for a still project, it must be displayed in the booth building the entire week of fair. Still projects may be checked in Friday July 21 from 4:00-8:00pm or Saturday July 22 from 8:00am-12:00pm. No late arrivals will be accepted. **Remember: a project book is NOT an exhibit.** Cloverbuds will also have a specific booth to display any projects during the week.


Club Booth sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AACAB28A7FCCF8-2023


Booth Patrol Sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AACAB28A7FCCF8-booth


Updates and Info 4/26/23

Just a reminder for 4-H families:
The TSC paper clover spring fundraiser starts today! 90% of the money raised stays in our county and goes toward CAMP and LEADERSHIP activities for the 4-H youth. Spring Paper Clovers: 4/26/23 — 5/7/23
4/29/23 Cloverbud Saturday: Dress for the weather! We will be outside in nature for the majority of the program. **Still looking for some volunteers to help out!** We have several nature activities planned including a listening walk, book, leaf art and STEM activity.
Shooting Sports Range Days: We are changing the date from May 14 to MAY 7 so we avoid Mother’s Day. The range day will be held at Campbell’s Sportsman’s Club from 4:00-6:00pm that day. Please use the link to let up know if you will be attending the range day on May 7, May 28, or June 11 so we can prepare materials and supplies.  https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3k2dhqUIbs47jjo

Updates to the 4-H Calendar – March 2023

There have been some updates to the tentative schedule. Please use the PDF file to update your clubs/families or direct them to the calendar on this blog.


  • The April 5th Cloverbud activity is now April 11 @ 5:00pm.
  • The county wide shooting events will be held at Campbell’s Sportsman’s Club in Howard.
  • Dog show schedule has been set. Looking to get updated paperwork out ASAP!
  • 4-H Camp: Counselors will move June 5 and campers will move in June 6 around 9 am.

2023 4-H Calendar – Tentative

As always, this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. We will do our best to update this as soon as we know to keep everyone on the same page. Please contact the extension office with questions!



Cloverbud Advisor Training

Lindsey is holding two Cloverbud Advisor Trainings for those that are interested.  The first one will be this Thursday, March 2 from 5-6 p.m. and the second one will be Tuesday, March 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Both will be held at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center in the long room downstairs.

4-H Open House/Project Fair/Clvoerbud Event

We will be conducting our 4-H Open House/Project Fair/Cloverbud Event this Saturday, March 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center.  This is event is a trifecta.  It is an open house to attract new members and families to learn more about the Knox County 4-H program.  We will have all of the project books on display for members that are already a part of our program, to look through and try to find a new topic to explore on their journey this year.  And if you know of new members that are going to be Cloverbuds or have current Cloverbuds, Lindsey will be doing a make and take activity on pin wheels with them that morning.

We are still looking for:

  • Clubs to set up displays to attract new families to join 4-H.
  • Members to set up project displays so members and families can interact with them to learn more about what goes into a 4-H project.

Please reach out if you would like more information or would like to commit to set up on Saturday.

2023 4-H Open House

4-H Awards Night – Take 2!

Let’s try again! We want to recognize our amazing Knox County 4-H members, Cloverbuds, and advisors for the awesome effort they put into our program! Please join us November 10, 2022 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Ramser 4-H Activity Center for an awards presentation of top projects, Cloverbud Graduation, membership recognition awards, and advisor appreciation gifts. Light desserts will be provided but please feel free to bring something to share! Dress is casual and family is welcome. Please RSVP to the OSU Extension Office by Nov 8.

We hope to see you Nov 10!

Flyer: Award night Take 2


2021 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

This year we’re going to space and the challenge happens on Mars! Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The 4-H Clvoerbot Challenge will be virtual via Zoom on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. All teams must register by June 30 and new teams can order a kit to help them get started at a reduced rate thanks to support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation.

Flyer: 2021 Cloverbot Challenge

What is the Cloverbot Challenge?

The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams  research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration.