At-Home Resources for Youth & Families

Extension Washington County 4-H has curated the following resources for our families who are spending more time at home. You’ll find many fun and educational activities for youth at the links below. We update this page weekly, so check back often!

4-H Fridays

Resources for Leaders

4-H FAQs Related to COVID-19

Updated June 9, 2020: Wisconsin 4-H FAQs

Engaging 4-H Youth through Virtual Meetings and Learning Opportunities 

Technology offers a venue for youth voice and discussion.  Below you will find information on how to host and conduct 4-H meetings in a safe and educational way.  Take a few minutes to review each link.  These will provide best practices for you as a volunteer when meeting with youth.

Tips for Engaging 4-H Youth in Online Learning

Wisconsin 4-H uses Zoom for meetings and educational learning opportunities.  Remember when participating in a 4-H meeting, whether in person or virtually, the 4-H volunteer expectations and 4-H youth member code of conduct apply.

Below are two YouTube videos created by Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development staff to help volunteers utilize Zoom as a teaching platform.  

Zoom 101 Trainings:

Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering

UW-Madison Extension created a tutorial on making your own mask at home. You can view it here

4-H At Home

Updated weekly!

Each week, 4‑H shares four new at-home learning resources from 4‑H programs across the country. Check them out here: 4-H At Home

Fun Hands-on Learning To Do At Home

A team of Wisconsin 4-H educators from around the state created the following list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. To save you time, energy, and unnecessary worry, we:

  • Filtered out many activities with hard-to-find supplies and those that needed a lot of adult supervision to be safe.
  • Included activities that encouraged some kind of safe social connection and/or involved getting out of the chair and moving.
  • Included high quality, inclusive, and accessible resources for all ages, including parents and caregivers.

Fun Hands-on Learning To Do At Home

Cat Project At-Home Resources

University of Nebraska’s Cat Club is a self-paced learning opportunity offering information about caring for and showing cats: Cat Club online course

Rabbit Project At-Home Resources

University of Nebraska’s Companion Rabbit Science is a self-paced learning opportunity offering information about caring for rabbits: Companion Rabbit Science online course

Dog Project At-Home Resources

Please check out the Wisconsin State 4-H Dog Project Facebook page for some great obedience training videos provided by the Kewaunee dog project. The Wisconsin 4-H Program page also has links to dog project resources.   Also, check out the American Kennel Club (AKC) Titles & Programs You Can Do From Home and a Virtual Rally program.

University of Nebraska’s short videos are intended to help youth while practicing with their dogs in preparation for 4-H showmanship: Dog Showmanship Video Series

Photography Project At-Home Resources

Join MaryBeth Wohlrabe, Positive Youth Development Educator with Extension Outagamie County, to learn basic camera settings to take better photographs via YouTube: Basic Camera Settings

Horse Project At-Home Resources

Sara Novotny, 4-H horse judge, joined Extension for an online presentation and went through some basics of trail that you can work on at home, even if your horse isn’t there with you. See her presentation on YouTube: Sara Novotny: Horse Presentation

Animal Science Project At-Home Resources

This list has been compiled by Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Livestock Specialist in concert with Walter Taylor, Agriscience Teacher, Oconto Falls High School and Alissa Grenawalt, Outreach Specialist:Youth Livestock

Arlington Research Station Swine Unit Virtual Farm hosted by UW Madison Animal Sciences and Division of Extension: Swine Unit Virtual Farm Tour

Arlington Research Station Sheep Unit Virtual Farm hosted by UW Madison Animal Sciences and Division of Extension: Sheep Unit Virtual Farm Tour

Materials for the May 1 Beef Unit Farm Tour:
Beef Unit YouTube Recording
Youth Beef Activities

Materials for the May 8 Farm Center Farm Tour:
Farm Unit YouTube Recording

STEM At-Home Resources

Designing Your Own Model Rocket courtesy The Ohio State University Extension

Stay busy during social distancing with hands-on design engineering challenges from Brown County 4-H!  Engineering Fun

Health Project At-Home Resources

Get daily tips on practicing healthy habits Everyday Healthy Habits

Natural Sciences At-Home Resources

Upham Woods shares some great outdoor activities:

Upham Woods is trying to reach 10,000 hours of conservation service into the land and they need you! Three different sessions are being offered via Zoom to support this mission. But don’t worry– it’s not your typical Zoom. Participants will meet via Zoom, then go into their own backgrounds and explore, and then share findings as a group.

    • The first session Trash Clean-Up is offered July 21, 22, 23, and 24 at 3:30 pm. Pick whichever time works best for you and register here:
    • Can’t make any of those times? Do your own Trash Clean-Up watch this video and view this resource, do your clean-up, and then log your hours here. Logging hours will help Upham Woods hit their goal and if you log 10 hours this summer, they will send you an Upham Woods camp t-shirt!

Clothing At-Home Resources

8 Basic Hand Stitching Techniques Every Sewer Should Learn (with photos):

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