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With more than 200 projects, there's something for everyone! 

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Virtual Meeting Resources

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Virtual Meeting Etiquette Resource

Virtual Meeting Recreation Resource

Virtual Team Building Games Resource

Communicating Online with Your Club - Ohio 4-H Club Advisor Resource - 3/20/2020

Tips & Tricks for Meetings When You Can't Meet (in person...) - Ohio 4-H Club Advisor Resource - 3/20/2020

10 Ways to Volunteer with 4-H

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4-H Project Books and Perfect Stay-At-Home Projects!

4-H Project Books - Ohio State 4-H is offering online ordering at a discounted price for ALL Ohio residents!  Click here for complete instructions on how to purchase your 4-H project books and discount coupon codes!

#91 Discovering 4-H #359 Your Thoughts Matter
#375 Leadership Road Trip: Where Are you Going? #376 Pantry Panic
#405 The Laundry Project #409 Sew Fun
#442 Family History Treasure Hunt #459 Let's Start Cooking
#462 Yeast Breads on the Rise #485 Racing the Clock to Awesom Meals
#491 It's My Home #493 Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
#496 My Favorite Things #540 Not Just Knots
#588 The Writer In You #592 Get Started in Art
#611 Explore the Outdoors

#621 Ohio Birds

#365.32 - My Stay-At-Home Summer Self-Determined Idea Starter  

Virtual Activities & Opportunities

  • STEM Activity - Starburst Rock Cycle - The rock cycle, you’ve heard of that. But Starburst? Check it out! This is a hands-on STEM activity demonstrating three different stages of the rock cycle – and you use candy to do it. Science just got a whole lot more delicious!
  • STEM Activity - Density of Liquids - Liquids have unique properties we can easily see when they interact with each other. Through this activity you’ll see what can happen when we put different liquids together and then we’ll make the liquids move!
  • STEM Activity - Space Lander Challenge - To conquer this challenge, think like a rocket scientist! NASA scientists and engineers imagine designs that will not only launch properly and sustain life for the astronauts, they also deliver them safely home. Fortunately, they’ve been doing this successfully for quite some time now.  From the NASA Science MARS Exploration Program website, I learned that NASA scientists are working to launch a Mars space lander vehicle, called the Perseverance Rover, in late summer 2020.
  • STEM Activity - Tie Dye using Colorful ChemistrySummer is here! Let’s TIE DYE to make the summer wardrobe more colorful!!  You’re not allowed? Got it.  Dyeing cloth can be very messy.  Click here to learn how to create tie dyed effects on fabric using a chemical reaction!  Chemistry? Chemical reaction? Absolutely!!

  • STEM Activity - Pizza Box Solar Cooker - Had any pizza lately? Save the box! Here’s a fun STEM activity for some sunny day science. When we use the sun’s heat for energy it’s called Solar Power. It’s popular for many reasons, one is because it’s “clean” energy.  Solar power doesn’t produce any air pollutants or carbon dioxide. Depending on the system, it can have a minimal impact on the environment.  Solar cooking is using the heat from the sun to cook our food. Here in Ohio, our warm sun time is brief, but this is a fun sunny day activity. The solar cooker we will make doesn’t get hot enough to cook food, but it can get warm enough to heat food.

  • STEM Activity - Create A Living Roof That Just Keeps on Growing!  Are you looking for something new and different to do?  Sally Hennessy "the STEM lady" has been busy working on putting together FUNtivities that can be done by the whole family!  Check out her first one here.  We will be posting more as she is able to present them!

  • STEM Activity - Motion and Balloon Powered CarsEver heard of Sir Isaac Newton?  He was a scientist in the late1600's.  An apple fell from the tree he was sitting under and hit him... (maybe, anyway, it's a good story.)  He explained, using math and physics, WHY things move the way they do based on 3 "laws" of motion.  LAWS of motion? Not traffic or criminal laws, but a statement of fact.  A rule based on scientifically consistent observation.

  • STEM Activity - Just Go Fly A Kite!!!It’s finally SPRING and a great time to get outside and fly a kite!  You don’t have a kite?  No problem!  There are loads of kite patterns, or templates online for you to use as a plan.  OR, you could make up your own after learning more about kites.  Let’s get started, click on the above link "Just Go Fly A Kite"!!!
  • Virtual 4-H Cloverbot Challenge - the Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge is for all Cloverbuds to participate individually instead of as a team/club – no registration required. Individual Cloverbuds can construct their models with LEGO’s or whatever kind of interlocking blocks they have available. Then they can send a picture to us for display in a virtual gallery on the state 4-H website. A certificate will also be emailed to each participant. The deadline is June 13, 2020.

Tips for Teens Videos!

OSUE Family and Consumer Sciences Educators have created a “how to” video series, Tips for Teens. Each video offers information about life skills from basic car maintenance, doing laundry, cleaning a bathroom, folding a fitted bed sheet to making healthy snacks and shakes. The new weekly series, Tips for Teens, is designed to help teens develop some awareness, knowledge, skills, and aspirations about life readiness.

Tips for Teens is a great way to learn how to do a task, and each video takes less than five minutes. The videos get teens focused on what matters: Gaining confidence!  Check out the following Tips for Teens videos!  Visit for a complete list of videos series or click on the topics below.

  • “What to Wear – Dress Code Guidelines for Teen Girls” - Knowing what to wear for certain occasions or events can be challenging? If you would you like to learn more about dress code guidelines for teen girls and suggestions for acceptable attire check out this video. 

  • "How to Pump Gas" - This video demonstrates step-by-step how to put gas into a vehicle.

  • "Demonstrations and Public Speaking Techniques" - This video provides steps to take to properly prepare and give a demonstration.  The techniques shared will help guide you successfully through any public speaking event or demonstration.

  • "Added Sugar in Beverages"Do you know how much added sugar is in the beverages you drink?  What you drink is just as important as what you eat.   Miriam Knopp, OSU Extension Intern in Franklin County, explains why sugary drinks should be avoided and explains how to determine the amount of sugar in the beverages you consume.

  • "How to Make Apple Nachos" featuring Pat Brinkman, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Fayette County.  Pat demonstrates how to make a tasty and healthy snack.  Remember an apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

  • "Scams and Phishing"Do you know how to protect yourself against scams and phishing? Alisha Barton, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator in Miami County, will share tips to protect yourself and guard against being a victim of scams and phishing. 

  • "How to Address an Envelope" Sometimes the art of simple things are lost on a paperless society, but are we truly paperless?  The skill of properly addressing an envelope is still an important skill for everyone to have.  Watch this week’s video to learn how to properly address an envelope. 

  • “Teen Mental Health – You Matter” - Please share with the teens in your life and on social media.  Encourage your school districts, juvenile courts, health department, Job and Family Services, etc. to share it.  The video asks the questions:  Have you ever felt sad or withdrawn, experienced severe mood swings, or had difficulty concentrating? These can be warnings signs to alert you that there may be an issue with your mental health. 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. You are not alone! There is HOPE and recovery is possible!

  • Five Tips to Play with and Interact with a Small Child -  Are you interested in learning how to play and interact with a young child?  Watch this week’s video for 5 helpful tips.

  • "Race and Racism - Huh?" - Learning about topics such as racism, oppression, and social identity requires stamina, courage, and skill. During this brief video a few terms and concepts will be introduced. Upon watching it you'll have a better sense of the way race has been constructed and the ways to use your unique gifts and talents to interrupt, speak out, and stand against racism.

  • “How to Navigate Difficult Conversations” - This video focuses on how our bodies have their own form of knowledge.  This knowledge is typically experienced as a sense of constriction or expansion, or ease, energy or numbness.  It signals to our brains whether we are safe or unsafe.  Especially in difficult conversations, we can use body awareness to effectively engage with others and navigate contentious issues.

  • "How to Use a Fire Extinguisher" - features 4-H teen members and Brent Endsley, Fire Prevention Officer at Coshocton Fire Department, demonstrates how to use an ABC fire extinguisher.
  • “How to Sew a Button” - After you watch the video you will be able to sew a button on a shirt, pants, jacket, etc.
  • “How to Use Mindfulness to Settle your Body (and Feel Good!)” - Mindfulness is not about fixing life's problems -- it’s about noticing what is. "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.
  • “How to Measure Ingredients” - Measuring liquid ingredients is much different than measuring dry ingredients, this video will demonstrate the correct technique for both including the best way to measure flour and brown sugar. 
  • “Developing Cultural Intelligence” - As one ventures away from one's home, one may meet persons whose physical, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds differ from one's own backgrounds. Cultural intelligence, a strategy to better understand others' backgrounds, is one way to help one get to know, and perhaps develop friendships with those persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • “Making Guacamole” - The video demonstrates how to open an avocado and make a simple recipe of guacamole by using salsa
  • "Basic Budgeting"
  • "How to Write a Check" - The video describes the parts of a check and how to fill them out as well as some information on how to use checks.  
  • “Basic Banking”The video offers teens tips on basic banking including savings accounts, checking accounts, and debit/credit cards. 
  • How to Make a Healthy Fruit Smoothie
  • “Go Out There and Fail!” - Sometimes our irrational thoughts about awful outcomes or needs for perfection may keep us from trying new activities. As we can tell ourselves rational statements—of our possible failures as we get better at new activities—those might help free us up simply to do our best.
  • Time to Change that Flat Tire
  • Basic First Aid
  • Laundry Basics
  • Don't Let 'Em Drive You Crazy
  • Good Impressions & Interview Skills
  • How to Check the Oil in Your Car

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