What an interesting year! As we conclude 2020, I would like to share some fun virtual activities that can be conducted at your next Cloverbud meeting. Remember that not all families celebrate holidays. Feel free to substitute winter or other words as needed.
Secret Code Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Choose a letter and give children 30 seconds to find an item that begins with that letter. When each child returns, have him/her hold up the item they found. Ask them to write down the letter on a piece of paper. After the last item has been shared, have the group read the word together. Choose words like holiday, tree, etc.
Virtual Stand Up, Sit Down Rudolph
Play a song in the background, such as “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. Choose a word on which the group will stand up when they hear it. Have them sit down immediately after hearing the word. Continue until the song is finished.
Virtual Holiday Bingo
Prepare BINGO card template prior to the meeting and email to members, or make cards virtually together. To make cards, have members take an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper and fold it in half – “hamburger style”. Fold it in half again. Open the paper. Now fold the paper in half – “hotdog style”. Fold it in half again. Open the paper. You should have 16 rectangles. Have children cut off the first row. Now you have 12. Using a pencil and a ruler (if available), have them trace along the lines. Choose twelve holiday related words ahead of time or as a group. Have children randomly draw a picture of each word, in each box – no “Free Space”. Take time to color the pictures. Tear the scrap paper (first row) into twelve pieces to cover the boxes. Explain how to play “BINGO”. The first person to cover a complete row or column wins. Call out each word until someone gets “BINGO”. For fun, instead of yelling “BINGO”, yell “HOLIDAY”.
Virtual Holiday Story Time
Ask each child to share their favorite holiday books. For those that would like to read, have them read their story to the group.
Have children talk about some of things that their families do to celebrate different holidays. Discuss different cultures and customs that are celebrated in other countries. For ideas, check out “Celebrations Around the World” in the Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities, or visit “Safely Celebrate the Holiday Season” developed by the Stark County Health Department.
#Together As Cloverbuds Calendar
Have children write down five activities that they can do at home during the month of December (ex. movie night with my family; have a paper or real snowball fight with my siblings; make cards to mail to friends). Ask children to share their lists. Grab a calendar. As a group, discuss what activities they would like to do on what date. Have them write down as many as they would like to do – dates included. Now they have designed their own December calendar. Remind them that each day they do the activities, one of their Cloverbud friends is thinking about them and doing the activity, too. Take pictures to share the next time the group gets together.
Have a safe and healthy holiday season!