A perennial favorite with Cloverbuds in Cuyahoga County is the “Produce Handling Game.” It helps young members learn to identify fruits and vegetables, using only the sense of touch (and possibly smell). They can also imagine themselves as working in the produce department of a local grocery. If the right mix of produce is used, it can also teach members which vegetables come from roots, stems, leaves, or are fruits of plants.
- 1 recycled copy paper or printer paper box with detachable lid (the kind that holds about 10 reams).
- pictures of fruits and vegetables from magazines, garden catalogues, etc.
- small piece of felt or other cloth
- variety of vegetables and fruits from garden or store (onions and ripe tomatoes not recommended!)
- Cut out pictures of vegetables and fruits, and glue to outside of box to decorate.
- Cut small window (about 6 x 8 in) in one side of box. Glue or staple cloth over window like a curtain, so players can’t see inside.
- Put produce in box where players can’t see what goes in. A good mix would be things like bell pepper, sweet potato, carrot, celery stalk, leaf lettuce bunch, lemon or lime, kiwi fruit.
- Players take turns reaching inside (no peeking!) and guessing one or more vegetables or fruits that are inside, using only sense of touch, feeling shapes and textures of items inside. Players can whisper their guess to game moderator so a not to “spoil” turn of next player.
- After everyone has had a chance to guess, take lid off and reveal what is inside.
Reprinted from Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Connections – Spring 2004. Authored by Greg Seik, Former 4-H Youth Development Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
No matter what the age of a 4-H member is, 4-H Camp is the highlight of their summer. Cloverbuds can experience 4-H camp, too!
Camps for Cloverbuds can take place in a variety of settings. Fairgrounds, parks, etc. may be utilized when planning your Cloverbud Camp. Be sure that the facility will provide a safe and welcoming environment for your campers. There should be enough space for campers to utilize their large motor skills in addition to being able to accommodate small group activities.
When planning 4-H camp for Cloverbuds, keep in mind their developmental needs and be sure that activities are age-appropriate. Programs should be activity based and include a variety of short-term experiences. Remember that Cloverbud activities should be noncompetitive and foster cooperative learning with participants. Most importantly, activities should be safe and fun!
Whether you offer a day camp of one day or a series of days, or an overnight camp, be sure that you have the appropriate number of approved volunteers. Required staffing patterns for a Cloverbud overnight camp is a minimum of one approved volunteer per five campers. For Cloverbud Day Camps, the ratio is one approved volunteer per six campers. A minimum of 80% of approved camp volunteers must be 18 years of age or older as of the first day of camp.
Make your 4-H Cloverbud Camp fun! Come up with a creative theme and design your activities around that theme. For example, a camp with the theme of “Nocturnal Nature” might feature activities related to animals that are active at night (bats, raccoons, etc). “Explore the Outdoors” might feature activities related to trees, flowers, or animals. STEM activities might be featured at a camp with the theme of “Wacky World of Science”.
Check with your OSU Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development for policies and guidelines that apply specifically to Cloverbud Camp. They can help you to plan a safe and effective camp for your Cloverbuds.