About the program

Cloverbuds is an exciting 4-H program for 5- to 8-year old children in Pennsylvania. Like the 4-H program for older youth, Cloverbuds can help youngsters grow into competent, caring and contributing members of their families and communities. The program offers noncompetitive, age-appropriate activities designed to help children learn about life.

Cloverbuds Curriculum

Clover buds curriculum is ideal for summer recreation or out-of-school programs. It can also be part of the existing school curriculum. Lessons center on science, nature, animals, art and music, the environment, food, fitness and health. This curriculum is available online or from the Publications Distribution Center.

  • Non-competitive. Age-appropriate

    Studies prove noncompetitive environments are more likely to develop confidence, creativity and competence in children. Cloverbud activities correspond with the youngsters’ stages of physical, mental, emotional, and social development.

  • Safe, Short-term Activities

    Because young children have short attention spans, program activities are brief, uncomplicated, and hands-on learning experiences. There are more than 50 different activities available in a core Cloverbuds curriculum, for example: weather, recycling, staying fit and safe, and caring for pets, plants and feathered friends.

Penn State Cloverbuds Literacy and Language Curriculum

Other curricula appropriate for youth 5 to 8 years old:

  • Exploring Farm Animals
  • Exploring the Treasures of 4-H
  • A Palette of Fun (arts and crafts)
  • Step up to Leadership
  • Aerospace Adventures

This curriculum is available online or from the Publications Distribution Center.


Mastering activities in cooperative and noncompetitive settings allows children to gain confidence and promotes their self-esteem.

Cloverbud Clubs

Adults and children who are not involved or may not be familiar with 4-H can start clubs. Meetings include a learning activity, recreation, and snack time. Meetings can take place in community centers, schools, libraries, neighborhood centers, childcare settings, churches, or homes of interested parents or trained adults.

The success of 4-H Cloverbuds depends upon the involvement of family and other adult volunteers who serve as club leaders or in other leadership roles. Volunteers, classroom teachers, extension educators or 4-H program assistants can teach the curriculum. Leaders who use the Cloverbuds curriculum receive support and resources from their county extension office.

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