4-h Recreation Leader Activities

4-H Recreation Leader Activities

When the new 4-H year started, Aloshua kinda, sorta, somehow got elected as our club’s 4-H recreation leader. This kid loves games and loves bossing people around when playing games, so this office was perfect for him. I have been keeping a list of 4-H activities that he has done, as well as other ideas that are on our agenda. Take a look at some of our 4-H recreation leader activities below:



4-H Recreation Leader Activities Games and Ideas


Musical Squares – This one is played outside. Use sidewalk chalk and and draw 4 large squares. Number each square 1-4. Begin playing music or singing 4-H songs. When the song stops, so does everybody. Chose a number 1-4 and whoever is not standing on that number is out. Continue until you have a winner.

Seed spitting – See who can spit a seed (watermelon, pumpkin, sunflower, etc) the farthest. Divide the club into two groups. Use small cups or buckets and see which group can spit the most seeds into the bucket in an allotted time.

Balloons – One of our first activities used balloons. We combined one with seed spitting. Without telling the members what will happen next, have them spit a seed. After they spit their seed, have them place an uninflected balloon where theirs landed. Have everybody line up, then on your command run to their balloon, inflate it and tie it, then run back to the starting area and pop it. The first person to pop their balloon wins. You can also partner them off and have them race while holding a balloon in different ways. Alternatively, you can use buckets and water balloons, split the group into teams and see who can make the most balloons in the buckets.

Eggs/Apples –  Egg toss! Keep in mind that this one could get messy, so you might want to prepare with some trash bags that the children can wear over their clothes. Toss an egg back and forth without breaking it. Increase the distance between your partner until somebody wins. Alternatively, you can do the spoon race, where you have to hold an egg on a spoon and race to a certain destination. For a less messy version, balance apples on your heads and have a race to see who can reach a destination first without dropping their apple.

Cat & Mouse – One person is the cat, the rest are mice. This game is played like tag. If the cat catches a mouse, that mouse is out. Last mouse standing wins

Card writing – During Christmas, or prior to Valentine’s day, bring cards and let the children fill them out. You can chose to donate your completed cards to an organization that might need them, or let the children fill them out for family and friends.

Snack making – Gather up small bags and trail mix type foods. Create little goodie bags to be given to a shelter.

Decorate cookies – Bring pre made sugar cookies, icing, and sprinkles and let the children decorate cookies.

Water bottle bowling – For this one, you will need a couple pair of old pantyhose, tennis balls, and water bottles filled with water. Line the water bottles up to form two lines. Then, place one tennis ball into two pair of pantyhose (Let it go down to the feet part). Then the other end is worn around the head. This should create a pendulum type object. Use it to knock over the water bottles without using your hands. Whoever knocks over all of theirs first wins.

Crafts – A lot of times you can find pre made craft kits at a local store. Stock up on these, or search pinterest for easy crafts using things you have around your house. I don’t recommend crafts dealing with paint, glitter, or other messy substances.  Examples would be snowmen in the winter, 4 leaf clovers around St Patricks day, etc. http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2014/03/11/st-patricks-day-kids-craft-mosaic-paper-shamrocks/ Use the upcoming holidays as a guide.
While my son leads the Jr/Sr 4-H members, I’ve found that these activities can be adapted to any age. We are having our Valentine’s meeting today and will be exchanging cards. Last year we all brought a bag to place the cards inside, but this year we are going to be decorating bags white lunch bags for our activities.

If you have your own ideas for 4-H recreation leader activities, or would like me to include additional ideas let me know if the comments below.

50 thoughts on “4-h Recreation Leader Activities

  1. Joely

    My kids were in 4H for many years and I miss it so much. They were also recreation leaders at one time which was a lot of fun.
    Enjoy these times. I wish they lasted forever. :)

  2. Alison

    I always wanted to get my son involved in 4-H, but I think it was more for me than him because he’s never seemed all that interested.

  3. Angelic Sinova

    4-H is such a great way to teach kids skills and keep them occupied! Love the idea of cat and mouse! Tag was my FAVORITE game to play at recess <3

  4. Brandi

    That is a great list of activities. Not only for 4H but also for parties or just to keep the kids busy on an off ay from school!

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin

    These are really great recreation ideas. I have to try some of these with my toddler, although I think he’s more interested in running around then actually doing things like this right now :)

  6. Ashley

    I’ve never heard of 4-H and I’m not exactly sure what it’s all about, but these sound like awesome activities for the kiddos! I will definitely be adding some of them in for those “I’m bored” moments they all seem to suffer from ;) Thank you!

  7. Liz Mays

    So many fun ideas here, many of which I’d love to try myself. The water bottle bowling is first on my agenda because I can’t go bowling normally due to carpal tunnel.

  8. Angela

    This is great and you have so many fun ideas already! Congrats on you and him becoming leaders sounds like he is going to have a lot of fun! :)

  9. Nancy

    Such fun, old school games. Perfect for a rainy day at home or something. That bowling one …. yep, I’d be up for playing a game of that :)

  10. Mary O'Malley

    These all sound like great activities. They kind of remind me of when I was a girl scout and we would go on camping trips and jamborees. We’d always have fun games. This sounds like a blast!

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    We don’t have a 4H club or anything like that around here, but it sounds like they have lots of cute activities for the kids.

  12. Courtney

    Omg these sounds like some pretty fabulous ways to keep kids busy!!!! You can do these activities at parties too and they would definitely be a hit!

  13. Alysia from My Domestic Dish

    Awh, this is such a great idea. What an awesome thing for your little guy too, to be chosen for such a position- it’s good to teach children responsibility from a young age. The added leadership experience will probably do wonders for his confidence too. This whole list of activities gives me plenty of inspiration for fun with my own little ones!

  14. Rosey

    Water bottle bowling would be fun for the kids tomorrow at the Valentine’s Day party. Hubby and I are running games, so woot for the suggestion!

  15. Lisa Rios

    Great ideas that could come so handy for the kids to learn so many new things. I love the Crafts idea as my kids love doing different creative crafts on their own.

  16. Michelle Hwee

    These look like such fun activities for kids! I’m not really sure what 4-H is but decorating cookies is always fun!

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