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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Hmong Heritage Month

April is Hmong Heritage Month.

According to the 2010 Census:
      –  5.3% of the population in Marathon County is Asian.
–  2.3% of the population in Wisconsin is Asian.

In Wausau this past weekend there was a cultural fair at one of the local high schools.

4-H joined in the festivities.  It was quite a bit of fun.

Here are some pictures of our booth with WNEP.

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Check to see if there are any events in your area! It was fun!

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!

Arm Knitting!

I’ve seen this a few different places, and I’ve always wanted to try it. I guess now would be a good chance to.

As I was watching the video that goes along with this I was thinking that this would be a good project for older 4-H youth to do at a meeting.  The younger ones could even do finger knitting so they don’t feel left out.

Then could either make scarves/cowls for themselves or to donate to a worthy cause.

Since I can’t embed videos on this blog, I’ll just post a link to where you can see the video for yourself.

Enjoy!

Arm Knitting Tutorial

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Let me know how they turn out!

Soups Up!

Marathon County 4-H Youth Action Council put together INSTANT POTATO SOUP MIXES to donate to Covenant Community Church in Schofield.

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Here is a great idea for a club community service project. This involves many areas of what 4-H teaches. It can fall under Foods, Youth Leadership, and Community Service!

This could be something that is done at a leader’s house, or even as the project at the end of a meeting. You could also do this with different kinds of soup, or store it in glass containers.  We used plastic bags because that is what we had and could afford.

This is a very basic recipe that I got off All Free Crafts.  I can’t take credit for this recipe, since I didn’t create it. So thank you to Jane Lake for posting it. 🙂

Instant Potato Soup Mix (6 Servings) (about 96 servings in parenthesis)
2 cups instant mashed potatoes (32 cups)
1½ cups instant milk powder (24 cups)
2 Tbsp instant chicken boullion (2 cups)
2 tsp dried minced onion (32 tsp)
1 tsp dried parsley (16 tsp)
¼ tsp pepper (4 tsp)
¼ tsp dried thyme (4 tsp)
1/8 tsp turmeric (2 tsp)
1½ tsp seasoning salt (1/2 cup)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Store in 1 quart jar. Alternatively, you could divide the mix into small ziploc bags, adding 1/2 cup to each bag, as a handy addition to pack with your lunch.s.

To Serve:

Place ½ cup instant soup mix in a soup bowl, cup or mug. Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.

 

What YAC did was put one cup of mix into a sandwich sized bag and then a tag with directions and the recipe to make more.  They had quite a bit of fun putting this together.

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This is a great 4-H project because it develops measuring and math skills, as well as teamwork.  You can even throw in some leadership by putting one youth, or a group of youth, in charge of organizing the project.  This could mean either gathering all the ingredients, or making sure that each family brings one of the ingredients or supplies.  They would then also be in charge of orchestrating the actual production of this.

IMPORTANT: Before you start this project, it is important to find out what local food pantries will take homemade food.  Many of the larger ones will not because they require factory packaged food and expiration dates.  Some of the smaller ones might, such as church food pantries.