Today my youngest daughter is showing her board at the project expo for 4-H. At this expo, welcome to all 4-H members, the children and teens can create a three-fold cardboard project board. On this board they can be as creative as possible to explain what their chosen project is about.
The topics of these boards vary from how to do a particular thing like “Watercolor Pencil Fun,” to using a broader topic like my daughter chose titled “The Four Seasons.” In both instances they will explain to the judges what their project is about.
These boards are a perfect start if you are new to 4-H or a seasoned member. For my youngest it’s a great learning experience to talk about and explain to other people including judges what she has created in her own words. She will learn to articulate and explain in a way that is easily understandable to others. There are so many benefits of 4-H that will help them grow and be a well-rounded individual.
Quality time with your children is another bonus of 4-H as you help them with their projects. We get to encourage from an early age as they work in the different project areas. Everything from making a board, care of animals, shooting sports, baking and cooking, sewing, nature, health and much more.
4-H in general is a wonderful way to teach kids from an early age about responsibility. It also teaches about getting things done in a timely manner, being creative with the projects and learning when you put effort into something you will be rewarded. They earn ribbons and trophies based on their effort. I am not a fan of participation awards. I appreciate when awards are based off of effort, time and skill.
The Four H’s or 4-H stands for Head, Hands, Heart and Health. This explains what your child will learn during their time in a club.
I credit 4-H with turning me into a better individual and one who isn’t afraid to speak with others. You lose the fear of communicating with an individual or group and are able to just be who you are.
When your child can use their minds, and be creative through projects it’s proven that it will help with their cognitive and problem-solving skills. “You have to be smarter than the project you are working on.” Having a creative mind helps in overcoming problems. A priceless skill in life and any job.
So, as I sit here and observe these amazing kids, I’m excited that my children are a part of 4-H and what it represents. They are learning the four H’s, being creative, having fun and growing.
If you have children but don’t know what 4-H is about or how to sign up I will leave you this link Learning about and signing up and encourage you to check it out. If you have questions you can also leave me a comment below and I will answer you back.
This concludes our time today. Thanks for spending the day with my daughter and I and our adventure at Project Expo.
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