Ohio's 4-H Cloverbud Program is for youth age 5 and in kindergarten until they reach age 8 and in the third grade.

Cloverbuds explore areas of healthy lifestyle, earth/environment, citizenship, plants and animals, consumerism and family science, science and technology, personal development, and community expressive arts.

The primary goal of the Cloverbud program is to promote children's healthy developmentally, physically, socially, and emotionally. The Cloverbud program provides an excellent opportunity for children to reach his or her highest potential because early life experiences, even subtle ones, affect future development.

Click here for the most up-to date Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Connections. This newsletter was developed in response to requests from 4-H volunteers for more information and support in working with Cloverbud members. It is published quarterly and provides a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge Cloverbud Volunteers as they lead Kindergarten through second grade youth.

The Cloverbud program is developmentally-age appropriate, therefore it is:

  • fun and positive
  • leader-directed
  • activity-based
  • noncompetitive
  • success-oriented
  • group-centered

The Cloverbud program allows for and encourages creativity and play. The goals of Ohio’s Cloverbud program are for children to develop:

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

We have several Cloverbud kits available at our office for checkout use. The topics include:

  • Fun Food
  • Safe at Home (Healthy Lifestyle)
  • Hand-washing
  • Fitness
  • Picture I Spy
  • All About Ohio

We hope to continue to expand the kits available. If you are interested in working on making additional Cloverbud kits, please let us know and we will help!

Check back often for updates, forms, and new Cloverbud kits that are available!