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:
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.
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.