Mini 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children in first and second grade. The goal of the Mini 4-H program is to help young children explore friendships outside the family, explore the way in which things work, practice both small and large muscle control, and think about the ways people work together on projects.
The non-competitive learning environment for Mini 4-H includes:
- Planned learning activities in which children are invited to be active and explore materials and ideas without the pressure of completing a specific product or exhibit.
- Low adult/leader to child ratio that allows time for adults/leaders to provide individual, positive encouragement and assistance.
- Simple, interesting, fun activities.
- Encouragement of children to participate in a group activity by sharing and/or displaying their activity projects.
- Rewards that are identical and/or ribbons of the same color for everyone.
Franklin County Mini 4-H Requirements
Mini 4-H members must be in Kindergarten, first or second grade and complete an official Franklin County Mini 4-H enrollment form each year.
Mini 4-H members can join one of the ten Mini 4-H clubs in Franklin County.
Members can participate in 1-6 of the 18 project areas. There is no cost, except for the woodworking kits.
Members must follow all Safety Policies for Mini 4-H Members.
Exhibits will be displayed at the Franklin County 4-H Fair in July.
Franklin County Mini 4-H Projects
- Exploring Farm Animals
- Exploring Farm Animals - Horse & Pony
- Plants & Flowers
- Sun, Stars & Space
- Whales & Dolphins
- Wildlife Adventure
- Woodworking (a variety of age-appropriate woodworking kits are available from the Extension Office on a first-come first-serve basis for $10 each.)
Franklin County Mini 4-H Livestock Exhibition
- Mini 4-H members have the opportunity to show up to 2 animals with the help of a 4-H mentor.
- Mini members can choose from goats, rabbits, sheep, swine and poultry projects.
- They must have a signed enrollment form and liability release form on file to participate.
- Mini members must find their own mentor, please list your mentor on the 4-H enrollment form if known. If you can not find a mentor, contact your club leader or the Extension Office for help.
- The show is non-competitive and members do not bring their own animals to the fair, they will borrow animals that are already at the fairgrounds from their mentors.