The 4-H Cloverbud project is designed specifically for children in grades 5-year old Kindergarten through 2nd grade. 4-H Cloverbud programs are developmentally appropriate, activity-focused and built on cooperative learning. The primary difference between a 4-H Cloverbud activity and a 4-H Project area is that the member engages in varied activities with focus on developing a specific skill or concept utilized in completing the activity, rather than focusing on a long-term planned course of study in a specific subject area.

Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities for the Cloverbud project.

What you can do in this project: learn about your 4-H club or group; begin developing different skills, e.g., working with others; learn about 4-H activities and events; explore your community; discover areas of project interest; share with others what you have learned.
Grade: 5-year old Kindergarten – 2nd
Resources: 05561, Cloverbuds – Activity
05562, Cloverbuds – Program Record
05563, Cloverbuds – Participation Summary

For additional curriculum possibilities,explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Cloverbud.

Cloverbud Leader
Cloverbud project leaders are encouraged to use curriculum materials developed specifically for youth in grades K-2. 4-H materials developed for older youth are not appropriate for younger children because they do not meet their developmental needs. Volunteer leaders also have responsibility to communicate regularly with families, explaining the program and encouraging their involvement. Resources:

Resources: 07451. Cloverbud Leader Guide
Cloverbud Volunteer Resources
CloverKid Toolbox

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Cloverbuds Project. Just follow these links!

Iowa State University Extension CloverKids
CloverKids lessons, CloverKid Connections Blog, and suggested websites for K-3 resourses. All materials can be downloaded free of charge.

Ohio 4-H Cloverbuds Connection
Each quarterly newsletter features research based activities, suggestions for leaders, and a healthy snack idea. On the website, you can find 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.

Great Web Sites for Kids
Extensive list produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Check it out!

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

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.


Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Cloverbud activities.

  • PDF file Between the Pages: Overview (3 pages, 66 KB) Overview of a series of 4-H Afterschool activities that will help youth in grades K-2 improve their reading skills.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Evaluation (2 pages, 46 KB) Instrument to evaluate the “Between the Pages” series of activities.
  • PDF logo Between the Pages: Box Contents (5 pages, 191 KB) List of lesson plans and materials to complete the six activities in the “Between the Pages” series.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Anansi the Spider (3 pages, 72 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the Anansi the Spider book and make an Anansi-style spider.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Animal Action ABC (2 pages, 64 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the Animal Action ABC book then explore fun things to do, including make an animal wire sculpture and play animal relay games.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Delightful Dogs (3 pages, 143 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study Clifford the Big Red Dog book and explore fun things to do, like make edible dog bones, play the Dog Bone game and make cute dog cards out of paper.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Honeybees (4 pages, 83 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study The Bee Tree book and explore fun things to do, including make bee dough sing The Bee Song.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: I Want a Pet (3 pages, 113 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study That Pesky Rat and I Want a Pet books and explore fun things to do, including play Pet Charades and make a paper bag pet.
  • PDF file Between the Pages: Pete’s a Pizza (3 pages, 83 KB) 4-H Afterschool activity where youth study the book Pete’s a Pizza, then are introduced to the concept of pointillism as they create pizza art on sandpaper.
  • PDF Today I Feel Silly (3 pages, 96 KB) Activity where youth K-2 can identify and express a variety of feelings

Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool Activities
Other activities appropriate for K-2 youth can be found at the Wisconsin 4-H Afterschool curriculum resources website. Resources include activities, games and project area series designed for multi-aged audiences.

Project Support

Cloverbud Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including Cloverbuds. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.