4-H Cloverbuds

4-H Cloverbuds are youth ages 5 and in kindergarten to age 8, and are the youngest participants in the 4-H Club Program. The primary goal of the 4-H Cloverbud Program is to promote healthy development-- physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally through a period of rapid and often uneven development. The 4-H Cloverbud Program has been designed to meet the very special needs of these 5 to 8 year olds.

The 4-H Cloverbud Program is:

  • developmentally age appropriate
  • fun --encourages creativity and play
  • leader directed--positive adult/youth relationships
  • activity based
  • non-competitive
  • success oriented
  • group centered

Goals of the 4-H Clover Program are for youth to develop:

  • self-esteem
  • decision making skills
  • social interaction skills (getting along with others)
  • learning skills
  • mastering physical skills

Are you a 4-H Cloverbud leader or parent of a  Cloverbud? This page has resources that may be helpful to you. We also have a number of Cloverbud resources in a wide range of project areas at the 4-H Office. 

If you have questions about any of these resources, or if  you would like to find out more about the 4-H Cloverbud Program, please call the 4-H office at 607-753-5077 or stop in to see us.



Iowa State University Extension CloverKids  lessons and suggested websites for K-3 resources. All materials can be downloaded free of charge.

Ohio 4-H Cloverbuds Connection 
Provides a  quarterly newsletter which features research based activities, suggestions for leaders, and a healthy snack idea. Contains an archive of all the past activities featured on the "Click it, Print it, Do it" link on the left hand menu. All materials can be downloaded free of charge.

How Stuff Works Great place to start for curious youngsters . . . and adults!

KidSpace  Fun stuff to do from the Internet Public Library Youth Division.

Science for Kids  Educational resources designed by the American Chemical Society. Hands-on activities are designed for K-8 youth with materials available in English and Spanish. All materials can be downloaded free of charge.

PBS Kids  Resources for parents and educators in several subject areas such as Health & Fitness, Math, Science, and The Arts. All topics are found on the main page where you can search within the topic for specific content.

North Dakota State Cloverbud Lessons

Last updated March 30, 2015