As we begin to feel hints of warmer weather, we are all starting to see the signs of spring! Here are some activities you can do at home, at club meetings, or even virtually.
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of things that your child can find outside or items that remind you of spring. Send that list to your youth and challenge them to go on a nature walk around their neighborhood and find these items. They can bring their favorite or most unique item to a club meeting in person or virtually to talk about what they found and what they like about it.
Take a potato and cut it in half (an adult can help with this). Then cut an in indented fun spring shape in each half i.e., a flower, a tree, leaf, star or any fun shape. Then dip the potato into paint and make a fun picture onto paper. Youth can do this virtually as an activity or in person, everyone has their own potato and can throw it away when they are done.
Learning Egg Hunt
Get some plastic eggs and in each plastic egg put a question about 4-H, the project area your Cloverbud is interested in, or even a fun spring question. Examples: what is the 4-H motto, what season comes after winter etc. Along with the question, put in a prewrapped piece of candy or a goody (be aware of any food allergies that your Cloverbuds may have). Now send your Cloverbud on a hunt for the eggs. Have everyone meet back in the group and read their question. They cannot have their goody until they answer their question correctly. In 4-H we like to help others, so they can get help from the group. The objective of this activity is to assist them to learn in a fun way. If you are meeting virtually, have the guardian/parent prepare the plastic eggs with the question you provide. Give the youth 5 minutes to collect the eggs. Then have youth take turns reading their questions to the group and answering them, again with help from the group if needed.
Spring Story Time
Ask each child to share their favorite spring books. For those that would like to read, have them read their story to the group. A fun spring book is the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. An extra activity is to challenge your youth to find a caterpillar and watch its evolution to a butterfly. Youth can talk about what they observed at the next meeting. For a snack, make a hungry caterpillar with apple slices for the body, a cherry tomato or strawberry for the face, raisins for the eyes and fruit roll ups or the legs and antennas.
Another book about spring is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. Encourage youth to get some seeds to plant in a cup or do this at a club meeting, (even just grass seeds) and watch them grow. Other books about spring include: Goodbye Winter. Hello Spring by Kenard Pak, Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, and The Hike by Alison Farrell.
Paper Plate Animals
Use paper plates and construction paper to make a rooster, sheep, or rabbit. You can use your imagination to make other animals, too. For the rooster, fold your plate in half. Cut out a comb and wattle from red construction paper (or color white paper with a red crayon) and a beak from yellow paper (or color white paper yellow). Glue on a googly eye or just use a black marker or crayon to make an eye. Have youth google why roosters have wattles?
To make a sheep: Fleece is made out of cotton balls you glue onto the plate. Cut out a face and ears with black construction paper or color white paper. Finally cut out eyes to glue on the face. Have youth google why do sheep have fleece?
You can even make a rabbit with cotton for the fur. Make eyes, nose and whiskers with construction paper or color white paper. Have the youth google why do rabbits have whiskers?
Crack Some Fun Spring Jokes
Q: Can February March?
A: No, but April May!
Q: What season is it when you are on trampoline?
A: Spring time!
Q:What flowers grow on faces?
Q: How excited was the gardener about his plants?
A: So excited he wet his plants!
Q: Name bow that can’t be tied
Take some time and do something fun outside. Enjoy the warmer weather!