Knifty Knitting Hats

This is a great activity for a group of youth to do for a community service projects.  Hospitals will often times accept hats made for babies to send home with newborns to help keep their head warm.

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These are something that I often do with the youth at the Juvenile Detention Center Shelter Home.  They are pretty easy to make and can go pretty quickly.  You can change up the style by adding a pom at the top or a brim at the bottom.  You could even make a longer one and have a modern style slouch hat for a baby.

All that is required is to follow the directions provided by the Knifty Knitting Looms.  These can be bought at any craft store.

Here are some of the ones that I just donated today!

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Let me see some pictures of your hats!

An Easy Community Service Project

If you’re looking for a great way to teach Cloverbuds about community service as well as give them a simple craft project to do at a Cloverbud meeting.

Fleece Tie blankets and scarves are useful for many occasions.  A 4-H afterschool program made two blankets and a bunch of scarves to be donated to the local warming shelter for use when the weather gets cold again.  Although the fleece blankets cannot be used at the shelter, they can be given away to help keep out the cold for those who are not staying at the shelter.

Fleece blankets can also be donated to food pantries and hospitals to be given to newborns and for patients to take home with them.

As with any project it is a good idea to check out rules and regulations before donating them to any organization.

Here are some pictures of the ones made recently.

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Send me pictures of yours!

 

Community Engagement Workshop

This past weekend, the Trapp River North Stars held a community workshop.

This included a presentation by the AmeriCorps VISTA in the 4-H office, and a visit from one of the local police dogs.

The first part of workshop started with a Post-it note activity.  There were two categories. How? and Why?  The 4-Hers then had to write down ideas of how you do community service and why you do community service and put each note in the proper place.  This is what they came up with.

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This gave me an idea of what they already knew, and let me tell you, they knew a lot.  I was really impress by one response in the Why? section.

“It humbles you to see other people’s situations and appreciate what you have.”

That right there tells me that she understands what community service is about.

I made a few Wordles of what they gave me.  This is how they turned out.

After that we did the Putting together the 4-H Puzzle activity.  It did take them awhile to figure out what was wrong with their puzzle. I saw a few people try to use all their pieces anyway, even though they did not fit.  I think that worked well, the only thing I would have changed would have been my lead in for it.  Since it was the first time I had run that activity, I think it went pretty well.

The last thing we did was do a human knot.  This is something that is very old, and sometimes over done.  In a setting where only a few people have done the challenge, it works great to get across the message of needing to work together.  Here are some pictures of what they looked like.

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Over all, I think it was a great learning experience for the youth as well as for the presenter. I am so glad I had this opportunity, and hope to have more in the future.

 

Community Engagement – Puzzle Piece

Here is something that came out of an engaging and sustaining youth leadership conference last fall.  I think its a great tool to use with older youth as well as adults.

The directions for Putting Together the 4-H Puzzle are here.

Let me know how this works for you!

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4-H Friendship Bracelet

This is something that the summer interns often do with the summer clubs as an introduction to 4-H.

Each bead on this bracelet represents a quality that 4-H teaches and strives for.

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You can find the instructions and explanations for each bead here.

This would be a great activity for new 4-H members and Cloverbuds who are just learning the ropes about what it means to be a 4-H member.

Marathon County 4-H on YouTube

Marathon County 4-H is now on YouTube!

We’ve already posted one video, and hope to have another up soon in the next week or so.

The one we have up right now is an activity the camp counselors did during their training.

The idea of the YouTube channel is to show what Marathon County 4-H is up to.  In addition, it will be there to be used as a resource for others looking for project or activity ideas.

You can watch our video here!

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Hoppy Easter!

Since Easter is around the corner, I thought this would be an appropriate post.  I saw this and immediately thought of a great Fair project.

These could be entered either in Dept 15 (Flowers and Houseplants) or Dept 28 (Home Environment)!

This would be good for any age really. Its simple enough for a Cloverbud or Explorer, but opens open to variations that an older youth could have fun with.

This could also be a great club activity to do if they wanted to have an Easter party/potluck.

Follow the link here for the original post about it!

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Materials Needed (From original post)

  • 4-in. cube vase
  • 6-in. cube vase
  • Jelly beans
  • 30 gerberas (also called gerbera daisies)
  • 5 packs of Peeps (4 per pack), for a total of 20 peeps

Step 1

Center one vase inside the other and insert jelly beans (in any colors you like) between the walls of the two cubes.

Step 2

Place Peeps on top of jelly beans, making sure to save a few for the corners of the vase. Don’t be afraid to squeeze them into the space. You should have enough to fill in any gaps.

Step 3

Gerberas are usually sold with plastic tubes on the stems for support. Keeping the plastic in place, cut the flowers to desired length and arrange them in the smaller vase.

Step 4

Cutting shorter stems for the outside flowers and longer stems for the inner ones will give you a nice rounded top. And don’t skimp on flowers: If you don’t want to use that many gerberas, find a pair of smaller vases.

 

Enjoy! Let me know how they turn out!

Upcycled Dry Erase Calendar

This is such a cute idea that came from a blogger in Canada.

I happened to see it on the twitter feed from 4-H Ontario. (Yes, I’m very excited that Canada has 4-H!)

This is great! Check out the directions here!

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Now I just need to find myself some paint chips and a frame!

Super Simple Mini-Key Lime Pies

This is a recipe my family has used for years.

Most of the Key Lime Pies you see out there are bright green. Well my mom is from Florida and she will be the first one to tell you that real, Florida Key Lime Pie is not green…its yellow.

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There are a few different ways to make it, some recipes call for eggs and cream of tartar, but this is a simple version that is really quick and easy.

Super Simple Mini-Key Lime Pies

1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup key lime juice (fresh or bottled)
1/2 pint Heavy whipping cream
Sugar
Pie crust (pre-packaged or homemade.  I make mine with 1/2 cup shortening, butter, or lard; 1 1/3 cups flour; 1/2 tsp. salt; and 3 Tbsp. cold water.)

Divide crust up into one inch balls.  Press into tart pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.  When they are cool enough to touch, remove from tart pan and set on cooling rack or serving tray.
In a medium bowl mix sweetened condensed milk, and key lime juice until thick.  Spoon into decorator bag, cut off tip, and squeeze into crust. (If you don’t have decorator bag, a ziploc bag works too.)
In a medium metal bowl, beat whipping cream until it has a whipped cream consistency.  Be sure not to beat it too long or it will turn into butter.  Just before it reaches right consistency, add enough sugar to sweeten it. Spoon into a clean decorator bag with coupler and tip, and put a dollop on each tart.

The tarts are now ready to eat! (Tip: these tarts are best served chilled.)

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If you want to make this as a whole pie, just double the filling and the whipped topping.

Let me know how the turn out!

Hands for Larger Service

This would be a great project for a club, or maybe even just Cloverbuds.

Grass Hand Print

Seems pretty straight forward.

Take some disposable pie tins, poke a few small holes in the bottom for drainage.

Fill with potting soil.

Make hand print in dirt a few centimeters deep.

Carefully sprinkle grass seeds in hand print.

Sprinkle vermiculite over grass seeds to cover.

This will allow the hand shape to still be seen until the grass starts to grow.

This could be kept on the window sill or even outside when the weather turns nice.

Make sure to keep it watered.

Send pictures of the process!