4-H Cloverbuds

 The 4-H Cloverbud program includes age-appropriate activities for children who are at least five years old and in kindergarten through second grade. Children are involved in noncompetitive group activities, rather than individual projects. Children learn life skills which include getting along with others and feeling good about themselves. Visit the Ohio 4-H website for more information about Cloverbuds.

Cloverbud Activities

Cloverbuds meet as part of our community clubs and other special events throughout the summer. To find a club, contact the Muskingum County Extension Office at 740-454-0144. Clubs must submit membership enrollments by March 15 of each year.

Cloverbud Interview Night

The Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting the first-ever Cloverbud Interview Night on June 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Veteran’s Building on the Fairgrounds.

There will be no pre-registration. Registration will take place the night of the event beginning at 5:45 p.m. 

Cloverbuds should come at their club’s assigned time, listed below.  If unable to come at the assigned time, please sign-in as early as possible, but note that this may increase wait time.

6:00 p.m. – Club Names A-E

6:30 p.m. – Club Names F-J

7:00 p.m. – Club Names K-T

7:30 p.m. – Club Names U-Z

Cloverbuds are invited to bring an item to share with a member of Junior Leaders. This will be a one-on-one show and tell opportunity for Cloverbuds to practice interview skills.

Sample Items:

  • Poster display, scrapbook, etc. on a topic of interest to the Cloverbud
  • Collection (baseball cards, toys, etc.)
  • Other item they love!

Each participant will receive a small reward!

Please encourage Cloverbuds to come, as the Junior Leaders are very excited to host this event!


Cloverbud Day Camp - Old McDonald Had a Farm

When: Friday, June 28, 2019

Where: McDonald’s Greenhouse & Corn Maze, 3100 Adamsville Road, Zanesville

Who: Current Muskingum County 4-H Cloverbuds.

Cost: $25 per youth – includes lunch, refreshments, t-shirt and all program materials.

Download the Camper Registration Packet

Registrations will be accepted beginning May 20. Registration is limited to the first 80 campers.

Cloverbud Camp Registrations are due to the Extension Office by June 3, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Registrations must be received by this date. This is not a postmark deadline.


4-H Cloverbuds at the Fair!

Show and Tell

Cloverbuds are invited to participate in Cloverbud Show and Tell on Sunday, August 11 at 1 p.m. at the Entertainment Tent at the Muskingum County Fair. Register by calling the Extension Office or e-mail Jamie (mcconnell.210@osu.edu) by August 1.

Cloverbuds can present on any topic of interest and use posters, displays or other props. Individual or team presentations are welcome.

Other Fair Events

Junior Fair Board is hosting some new activities this year during the fair for Cloverbuds!

All events will take place in the Junior Fair Building in the Cloverbud Activity Space at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13 - Robotics presentation & Clover Coloring

Wednesday, August 14 - Zanesville Fire Chief Jeff Bell & Sewing Demonstration

Thursday, August 15 - Bicycle Helmet Safety Demonstration & Cupcake Decorating

Friday, August 16 - Woodworking Demonstration and Assembling Sail Boats (limited to the first 24 to sign up because of supplies)

Register here: https://go.osu.edu/cloverbudfair

Cloverbud Volunteer Resources

Ohio 4-H has several print and digital Cloverbud resources available to help volunteers plan activities for their club. Visit the Ohio 4-H For Cloverbud Leaders page for more information.

If you are a current Muskingum County 4-H Cloverbud volunteer and your club does not have The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities, Clover Cubes or Choose and Tell Cards, please contact the Extension Office. 

The Extension Office has several Cloverbud Kits that can be checked out by volunteers. Each kit contains several activities and a notebook full of curriculum and can be signed out one at a time.

Our Country – Cloverbuds will learn about our country and how to fold a flag, put together a floor puzzle of the United States, learn about the history of the 4-H flag, weave a 4-H flag, sing patriotic songs with a CD, learn fun facts about Ohio and enjoy a children’s book about America Is.

The Science of Sound – Cloverbuds will learn all about sound with sound experiments, participate in sound matching activities, play music on pipe chimes, color their way through a listening skills activity, play games, learn about Sounds All Around from a children’s book and have fun with sound clips on a CD. 

Food Fun – Cloverbuds will play food bingo, enjoy a music CD, read about Eating the Alphabet from a children’s book, experience healthy snack ideas and understand serving sizes using food models. 

Sports Fun – Cloverbuds will learn about different sporting activities, play Sports Bingo, read several books related to sports, learn about good sportsmanship, sing classic sporting songs such as Take me out to the Ballgame and create their own sports pennant.

Fitness is Fun - Get your Cloverbuds moving with Halfpint Skillastics, follow along to bean bag activities & coordination skills and read Get Up and Go!

Weather Fun This kit includes five weather-related science activities and all the materials needed to complete them. It also includes the book, Storm is Coming, which is a fun look at storms to help kids deal with any fear they may have. The kit also contains games, crafts, songs, and snack ideas.