Adult Project Curriculum
Project & Meeting Design Kits
Without volunteers like yourselves, the 4-H program would not be complete. This Page has tools which may prove helpful in your role in the 4-H Youth Development Program. The curriculum listed below represents some of the materials available locally. Contact the 4-H Office for additional project resources.
Take advantage of these easy to follow design kits covering project meetings and club meetings!
4-H Project Planning Design Kit
There are 10 objectives for each project category, and each objective is worth 5 points at County Record Book Judging
California 4-H Projects
“Learn by doing” in an atmosphere where learning is fun is a basic philosophy of 4-H. The project is where learn-by-doing takes place. Within the project, members find things to learn, to do, to make, and to explore.
California 4-H Projects Sheets
The following 4-H project sheets are designed to help 4-H volunteers determine meaningful content and lead youth in hands-on activities.
Citizenship Resources Kit 2010-2011*
CD containing Citizenship Activities, materials for mock trials, history projects, service project ideas, graphics, games, and much more...
*Available for leaders to check-out at the Santa Barbara Co. 4-H Office.
Fast and Fancy Frosting: A beginner's guide to cake decorating including supplies needed, types of icings, baking and icing the cake, icing bags, basic tips, themes for cakes, writing and borders. Includes special patterns to use on your own cakes!
Avian Science Leaders Manual: Informative organizational guide to the avian science project.
Care and Handling of Your Horse: Parts of the horse, feeding your horse, health and care, caring for tack and equipment, body colors, patterns, and marking, and knot-tying.
Ceramics as a 4-H Project: Enter the world of ceramics - lists standards, how-to, and fun activities included.
Home Economics Standards: The complete guide to clothing, foods, food preservation, home furnishing, and place settings. Special section for beginning girls!
Wheat Project Manual: Gain knowledge on preparing soil, fertilizing, planting, irrigation, pest management, harvesting, and milling and baking.
Sugar Beet Project: Capture information on how sugar beets grow and how to market and process them.
Quick Easy Jam and Jelly: Step-by-step guide to canning beginning with washing jars, preparing fruit, and measuring ingredients, all the way to making the jelly and sealing the jars.
Oragami 4-H Clover: Cute, fun arts and craft project.
Guide to Good Speaking: Guide to preparing for a speech, organizing your thoughts, delivering, and rehearsing.
Craft Dough Recipes : Every kid's dream - learn to make play dough!
Fitting and Showing Cattle: Learn to fit and show your beef cattle - grooming, clipping, and show day preparation all included.
Easy Halter for Sheep: A "how-to" guide to making a simple rope halter for your lamb.
Choosing the Right Wood: Gain an understanding of the characteristics of wood to better your woodworking projects.
Breadmaking in a Bag: Fun activity for first-year Foods and Nutrition members! Make Honey Whole Wheat in a bag in a few, simple steps.
4-H Poultry Showmanship: Leads members through selecting, training, and maintaining a bird. Gives scenarios and step-by-step procedures for poultry showmanship.
4H Aerospace Program: Introduces the objectives and role of the 4-H aerospace leader, gives an outline for where to get started, and provides project activities perfect for each of your monthly meetings.
Judging Guidelines: Teaches the basic principles of judging
Patchwork and Quilting: Information on working with a project group, quilting techniques, patterns and templates.
4-H Clothing Leaders Guide-Beginning: Project manual for Beginning Clothing and Textiles Groups.
4-H Clothing Leaders Guide-Advanced:Project manual for advanced clothing and textile groups
4-H Members Clothing Activites-Advanced: Teaches about the care and cost of clothing as well as provides templates and instructions for making and altering garments
4-H Members Clothing Actvities-Intermediate: Teaches members how to construct garments using fabric and patterns best suited to them
4-H Clothing Leaders Guide-Intermediate: Leaders guide to intermediate clothing and textile groups.
4-H Pygmy Goat Project: Provides a variety of information about pygmy goats, including: anatomy, basic care, grooming, showing, and judging
So You Want to be a Horse Judge: Informative packet that explains how to judge a horse based on conformation and soundness
Showing Pigs: Leads members through the process of training, grooming, and showing swine
4-H Rocketry Leaders Guide: Resource guide that gives information about the basics of rocketry including:safety, parts of the rocket, construction, launching, safety, and more
4-H Rocketry Members Guide: For use with 4H Rocketry Leaders Guide
Camping Handbook: Provides useful information on everything you want to know about camping
Fashion and Color Packet: Teaches how to choose the best colors and patterns for you
Get Your Act Together: Guide to planning and organizing 4-H activities and events
Off to A Good Start in Home Economics: Filled with a variety of fun activities and projects
Judging Made Easy Packet: Tips on Reasons Presentations and Judging Procedures
Leadership Project Members Guide: Guide filled with useful suggestions for members in a leadership development project. Also useful for adult leaders
Quick Meals: Packet filled with recipes as well as nutritional information
- Free Lesson Plans on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
These free downloadable lesson plans include topics on energy efficiency, solar energy, and wind energy. The hands?on, inquiry?based lessons are targeted for upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels. The lessons challenge students to conduct classroom energy audits, interpret wind maps to assess potential wind turbine sites, power a radio using solar panels, and more!
- Lesson: Suspension Splendors
In this activity, teams of students in grades 5 to 12 will learn about the design of huge civil?engineering projects by building the strongest of all bridge structures ? the suspension bridge. They will place weights at various points to test its sturdiness; if time allows, they can see how many stringers can be cut before the bridge falls.
- Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun: 22 Super?Charged Science Projects for Kids
Gives youth, teachers, and parents 22 exciting activities for using sun and wind power to produce and play with renewable energy. Ages 8 to 13 will experience environmental science while fighting global climate change. Projects range from a solar campfire to the Pedal Power bicycle that charges a 12?volt battery for powering electronic devices.
- Science Toy Maker
This non?commercial, teacher?created site is for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make mysterious, kinetic, noisy, Do?It?Yourself science projects that entice scientific investigation. Science toy maker is a resource for inspired kids, parents, teachers, teenagers, science fair participants, and citizen scientists everywhere.