Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Resources

The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities

This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topics areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals. Redesigned in an easier-to-manage, spiral-bound book. Available for order from CFAES Publications.


My 4-H Cloverbud Year

This fun book is a great way for Cloverbuds to learn the basics of 4-H and keep track of their activities and events. Completion of this book is optional, and can be done with or without the help of an adult leader. It can be repeated each year a child is a Cloverbud member, and is especially appropriate for older Cloverbud members as they prepare to transition to regular membership.View sample pages at Project Central. Available as individual copies or in sets of ten.

Clover Cubes

Clover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction and fun into a great 4-H Cloverbud activity. Each Clover Cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are included: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, 4-H FUN-damentals, Make Your Own, Math Mania, Technology Talk and Words That Start With. Cubes are easily assembled from brightly colored, punch-out shapes on heavy duty card stock. Available for order from CFAES Publications.

Choose and Tell Cards

Intended for 4-H’s youngest participants, this educational piece is a colorful deck of 4” x 6” cards that introduce Cloverbuds to public speaking and communication skills. Forty-nine engaging activities are divided into four levels—from easy to difficult—of short, uncomplicated topics for demonstration speeches. Cards are color coded so that selecting and sorting cards is easy. (Additional supplies/materials are required.) Objectives are for participants to: 1) develop public speaking and communication skills, 2) gain confidence, and 3) foster important leadership skills. Available for order from CFAES Publications.


4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook 

This concise reference piece is for current, new, and prospective 4-H Cloverbud helpers. The guidebook explores the goals and strategies for successfully implementing the 4-H Cloverbud program. It also suggests methods for guiding the healthy development and life-skills enhancement of our youngest 4-H members.

These sections are included:
    • 4-H Traditions
    • What Is the 4-H Cloverbud Program?
    • 4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Position Description
    • 4-H Cloverbud Participation
    • Who Are These 4-H Cloverbud Children?
    • Eight Essential Elements
    • 4-H Cloverbud Program Foundations
    • What Do You Know About the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Program?
    • For New Volunteers: Conducting 4-H Cloverbud Sessions
    • Planning Your 4-H Cloverbud Club Activities
    • References and Resources

Available for order from CFAES Publications.

4-H Cloverbud Time Capsule

A time capsule is a fun way to capture memories from the present day for your future self to remember. Download the Cloverbud Time Capsule document and learn to create a special family time capsule – from finding a container to inserting all the important details.

4-H Cloverbud Farms at the Fair

Learn now to engage Cloverbuds at the fair while meeting program guidelines and requirements.

4-H Cloverbud Connect to College

This 4-H Cloverbud curriculum piece raises awareness of college among 4-H’s youngest members through a series of engaging group activities. Includes twelve activities, supporting materials, and On Campus with Cornelius, an original, full-color storybook about an adventurous hedgehog who visits a college.

Many thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for making development of these materials possible.
The curriculum piece and supporting materials are available online. The storybook is available only by purchasing all items through CFAES Publications.

Bioenergy Curriculum

A new curriculum has been created to strengthen our 4-H STEM effort. This new web-based resource will help our next generation of leaders develop an awareness and appreciation for a sustainable energy future. It is leader-directed curriculum, targeting 4-H Cloverbuds (K-2) and youth through 5th grade. It was created through Ohio’s 4-H Youth Development program and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC).  The material consists of three bioenergy curriculum pieces in the content areas of 1) bioenergy sources, 2) bioenergy conversion, and 3) bioproducts. Each curriculum piece contains about nine educational activities.

The curriculum was developed with support from the Northeast Regional Sun Grant Initiative, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation: US DOT Assistance #DTOS59-07-G-00052.