Maine 4-H Days - 2013 Maine 4-H Days Enrichment Programs
4-Hers Just Wanna Have Fun
Saturday – session 4 – for youth of all ages (limit of 20 youth)
Come join us for a fun packed time of just 4-Hers just hanging out. We will do manicures and facials, paint our nails, make bracelets, listen to music and have a snack. 4-Hers getting to know one another and having a great time! You may bring appropriate music or anything else you would like to share with the group.
Friday – session 1 or 2 – for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 16 youth per session)
Have you ever wondered how an airplane that weighs over 12,000 pounds can get up in the air and move so fast? It’s all about aerodynamics! This exciting workshop will give you the chance to build and test your own designs – make your own flying headscarves and a paper kite!
Archery – Introduction to 4-H Shooting Sports
Saturday – sessions
1 (full) or 2 or 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 12 youth per session)
Archery is a sport that anyone can participate in. Come join Bryant Pond’s 4-H Shooting Sports instructors for an introduction to archery. Learn how to shoot safely, hit your target, and take home a new skill set in an activity that will last a lifetime.
ATV Education and Maine Certification Course
Saturday – starts at 8:00 am - sessions 1 – 4 – ages 12 & up – including volunteers! (Limit of 40 participants)
Participation in an ATV education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain an ATV. Laws, responsibilities, and personal safety will also be covered. Hands-on learning with ATVs, as well as classroom time, are part of this course. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend the entire class in order to receive your certificate. This course is being taught by a Maine Safety Coordinator from Inland Fish and Wildlife, and is a State of Maine certification course.
Friday – session 2; or Saturday – session 1 – for youth of all ages (limit of 15 youth per session)
This bike rodeo is a fun way to learn about and practice safe riding skills. The rodeo includes a safety inspection, and a series of skill stations that directly relate to everyday bicycling situations. Note: bring your bicycle and helmet; wear appropriate clothing, including closed toe shoes.
Bike Rodeo – Advanced
Friday – session 1 or 4; or Saturday – session 2; or Sunday – session 1 – for youth of all ages (limit of 15 youth per session)
This is a more advanced session, for more experienced riders. Included in this rodeo, will be learning parts of the bicycle and general repair, safe ways to avoid obstacles, and gearing up and down. Note: bring your bicycle and helmet; wear appropriate clothing, including closed toe shoes.
Friday or Saturday – session 2 and 3 or 4 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 12 youth for session 2, and 6 youth each in sessions 3 & 4)
Get ready to be a blacksmith! First you watch, and then you get a chance to make a hook! Interested youth must sign up for session 2, the demo; sessions 3 and 4 will give the youth, in groups of 6, the opportunity to use that knowledge to make their own hook. Important: All participants must wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and long hair must be tied back.
Bubbles, Bubbles, BUBBLES!
Friday or Saturday – session 4 – for youth ages 5 – 11 (limit of 12 youth per session)
Come explore a world of wild and wacky Bubble Science. We’ll be learning about surface tension, air pressure, and more as we play with bubbles. There will be big bubbles, little bubbles, colored bubbles, and, if all goes well, square bubbles! Each 4-Her will go home with a recipe for making homemade bubble solution. Please come dressed in clothing that can get wet and messy “just in case.”
Build Your Own Worm Bin
Friday – session 3 or 4 – FULL; or Saturday – session 3 or 4 – for youth of all ages (limit of 6 youth per session)
Learn to be a Worm Farmer! This workshop will provide the information, materials (and worms!) to create your very own worm bin to take home. We will learn about worms and how they can be used to recycle our food scraps into compost at home or at school! We will be using power tools (drills) for this project. Parents should accompany children 5-8 years old (and at their discretion for children 9+).
Can Tab Bracelets
Sunday – session 1 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 12 youth)
Be creative and recycle at the same time. Make a cute fashionable bracelet using soda can tabs and ribbon.
Saturday – session 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 25 youth per session)
Join us on an adventure! This treasure hunt will be action packed with stations where you try out exercises, see how strong you can be, and are challenged to think and move. You’ll use a hula hoop, try out a yoga pose, learn how to find your heart rate, and more.
Friday – Saturday – Sunday – All Day – all ages welcome (you don’t need to sign up for the Creativity Tent ahead of time, just come by and check it out!)
This year we’ll be offering an unstructured arts and crafts experience on a drop-in basis – between workshops or when the crafting notion strikes your fancy. The tent will have a variety of craft supplies on-hand for the creative spirit – youth AND adults – during this event. Although there will be a volunteer monitor at the tent, it’s up to you to come up with your own project based on the supplies available. If you have supplies to share – we’re open to any new or recycled materials – please drop them off at the tent when you arrive at the fairgrounds and plan to pick up any leftovers before you leave. Or simply bring along your own project to work on while sitting and enjoying the company of other crafters in the tent (personal supply sharing not required). The tent will be open based on volunteer monitor availability.
Saturday – session 2 or 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 12 youth per session)
Solve the mystery of the missing chocolate! Participants will use spy science, forensics, and their powers of deduction to nab a thief. Parents! We need volunteers to play the suspects!
Saturday – session 1 or 2 or 3 or 4; or Sunday – session 1 or 2 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth per session)
Learn how to crochet, or learn some new tricks and stitches! This workshop will give you the opportunity to experiment with fun colored yarns, and crochet hooks.
Decorate a 4-H Birthday Cake
Friday – session 2 or 3 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth per session)
Celebrate the 100th year of 4-H in Maine by making a cake! Decorate a cake or some cupcakes to share with everyone at the 4-H 100th year birthday celebration Friday night!
Developing the Photographer’s Eye
Friday – session 2 or 3 or 4; or Saturday – session 4 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth per session)
You will learn how to take unique photographs with your camera, and will learn different views by sharing photos with one another. Find out what’s going on all around Maine 4-H Days by taking pictures of animals, people, trees, and more.
Discovering a Living Machine
Friday – sessions 3 and 4 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 20 youth)
Bodies are complex, and incredible things. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn how the body works as a machine by participating in the dissection of a fetal pig. While there are some important differences between a person, and a pig’s anatomy, almost all major structures are the same. This workshop is for BOTH sessions 3 & 4.
Duct Tape Projects
Friday – session 2; or Saturday – session 1; or Sunday – session 1 or 2 – for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 10 youth per session)
You may have used duct tape in a project before, or seen one of your parents using it in a repair project, but there’s so much more that can be done with it! In this session, you’ll get a chance to see some of the different things you can make (from jewelry to wallets or pencil holders), and then have a chance to make your own unique, colorful project.
Embroider with Pearl Cotton on Wool
Friday – session 4 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth)
Learn a couple of embroidery stitches using pearl cotton on wool to make a small purse. Note: it is recommended that an adult accompany youth ages 5 – 10.
Exercise and Fun – Relay Races
Saturday – session 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – for youth ages 9 – 11
This is your chance to form a team, or “compete” individually in an obstacle relay course! Objects, eggs, and water will be used in this relay course. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes, and comfy clothes for running around.
Exploration of an Owl’s Diet
Friday – session 1 or 2 – for youth ages 5 – 11 (limit of 20 youth per session)
How do you know what an owl had for dinner yesterday? The easiest way to find out is to dissect an owl pellet, which is made up of the undigested parts of their food, and can have fur, bones, insects, claws, teeth, and more. Piece together the clues inside your owl pellet to figure out what was on your owl’s menu.
Exploring the World of Hounds
Saturday – session 4 – all ages welcome (limit of 35 youth)
Have you ever thought about doing a 4-H dog project? Here’s your passport to meet the hounds of the world, and ask questions of their owners.
Friday – session 2 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 24 youth)
Using strips of fabric and pompoms, we will make beautifully colored fabric beads, which we will further embellish with glass beads, and discuss how to make jewelry using our unique creations.
Friday – session 1; or Saturday – session 2 for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 6 youth per session) – or – Friday – session 2 or Saturday – session 1 for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth per session)
Create a really useful and beautiful work of art! By wrapping roving (wool) around a bar of soap, and rubbing it on bubble wrap – you can make felted soap that you get to take home!
Field Skills for the Forest – Beginners
Friday – sessions 1 or 2 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 20 youth per session)
Get outside and enjoy the forest! We’ll learn the common tree species and learn the use of a compass, an essential skill if you want to go off the beaten path. Come join the company of others who want to be in the woods.
Field Skills for the Forest – Intermediate
Friday – sessions 3 or 4 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 20 youth per session)
Did you participate in Field Skills for the Forest last year and have a great time? If you did, and you’re ready for some more advanced experience, this class is for you. Get outside and enjoy the forest! We’ll learn the common tree species and learn the use of a compass, an essential skill if you want to go off the beaten path. Come join the company of others who want to be in the woods. If you did not attend last year’s workshop, but are interested in this intermediate course, please sign up for the Beginner Field Skills for the Forest.
Saturday – session 1 – for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 10 youth)
Create your very own jellyfish using a plastic bag and a water bottle. You will be amazed how your jellyfish floats and swims. We will also make a jellyfish out of an egg carton.
Fun with Electricity
Friday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 20 youth per session)
Have you ever wondered how a wind turbine works? Have you ever used a solar panel? What on earth is an Apple Battery? Come join us in this hands-on science program… it’s electrifying!
Getting Your Goat
Sunday – session 1 – open to all ages
Have you ever considered raising meat goats? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to select a meat goat, and basic care of your new goat.
Great Activities for Cloverbuds in Your 4-H Meetings
Saturday – session 4 – for teen & adult volunteers (limit of 15 participants)
Involving Cloverbuds at 4-H meetings can be a real challenge. In this workshop, you will learn easy, creative activities to keep your Cloverbuds engaged and entertained while they learn.
Hanging Herb Garden
Saturday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 12 youth)
How would you like to grow your own herbs? In this class we will make a four section hanging garden using recycled materials.
Healthy Kids Out of School
Drop-in Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
Come visit the Healthy Kids Out of School booth, and learn about how this initiative is uniting out-of-school organizations around nutrition and physical activity principles and providing the resources to help them become effective venues for childhood obesity prevention. Stop by to pick up tip sheets, water bottles, and other resources that will help your clubs and programs to “Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart.“
Herb it Up
Friday – session 1 or 3 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth per session)
Fresh herbs add fantastic flavor to food. Come create your very own kitchen herb garden and leave with care instructions and recipes to try at home.
Saturday – session 2 or 4; or Sunday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 12 youth per session)
Aquaponics is the symbiotic relationship of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment. What???? We will learn how to grow plants, like salad greens, in a fish tank, with fish helping to water and fertilize the plants, while the plants clean the water for our fish!
I-Spy Rice – FULL
Saturday – session 2 – for youth ages 5 – 8 (limit of 12 youth)
Fill a bottle with treasures and colored rice to make a fun I-Spy game to take home with you!
I’m Not Scared… I’m Prepared!
Friday – session 2; or Saturday – session 1 – for youth ages 9 – 11 (limit of 25 youth per session)
Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Kids, their Families, AND their Pets! There is no way to predict what is going to happen today or tomorrow/ but there’s no need to be scared, as long as you’re prepared! This fun session will not only teach you how to prepare for emergencies, but will also provide you with the supplies to start your own “Go-Bag.” Note: please bring an old backpack or draw string bag to put your supplies in.
Friday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 20 youth per session)
If you’ve ever thought about becoming an engineer when you grow up, then this is the place for you. Put your problem-solving skills to the test in this competition to see who can make the best wind turbine blades!
Kitchen Mixes – Make and Take – FULL
Sunday – session 1 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth)
Come have pancakes and learn how one quick and easy mix can make pancakes, coffee cakes, biscuits and more. All participants will learn several different convenience mixes and leave with 4-cups of mix to use at home. Also, each participant will receive the Cooperative Extension recipe booklet “Saving Money with Homemade Convenience Mixes.”
Macrame Bracelets – FULL
Sunday – 2 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 8 youth)
Here is your opportunity to learn how to make something beautiful with knots! First, you’ll learn a simple macramé knot, and if time allows, a spiral knot. Regardless of which method you use – your bracelet is sure to be beautiful!
Friday – session 4; or Saturday – session 1 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 6 youth per session)
How much iron is in your cereal? You will devise a way of testing food for iron additives. Let’s see which brand of cereal has the most iron in it. We will be using strong magnets to find out! Bring a cup of your favorite cereal, and we can test it!
Mainely Physics: P.S.I
Saturday – starting at late morning; or Sunday – until Noon – for all ages (you don’t need to sign up for the Physics Roadshow ahead of time, just come by and check it out!)
Mainely Physics is the University of Maine Department of Physics and Astronomy’s outreach program. Saturday and Sunday, demonstrator David Sturm will share a hands-on collection of experiments and demonstrations with you. Our belief is that science is something all can put their head to. Mainely Physics P.S.I. (Physics Scene Investigation) includes experiments that are good healthy fun! Topics are relevant both to adults and to students of all grade levels, K-16 and K-Gray. Mini-presentations will be done here and there as you come and go — we let you be the volunteers and enhearten you with intriguing questions, having you observe, experiment, and question, too. Explore motion, rotation, energy, electricity, heat, and many other concepts with us!
Make Ahead Cake Decorations
Saturday – session 2 or 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 6 youth per session)
Be ready for any occasion: birthdays, holidays, any days you need something fun! Learn to make easy, one-of-a-kind cake decorations!
Milk Jug Toss
Saturday – session 4 – for youth ages 5 – 11 (limit of 24 participants)
Learn a fun way to recycle milk jugs and newspapers. We will have fun decorating with duct tape and milk jugs to make a fun game.
Saturday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 – 11 (limit of 10 participants)
Milk that changes color? Plastic milk? Are you interested? This hands-on workshop will have you doing all kinds of science experiments.
Saturday – session 1 (Bat) or 2 (Butterfly) or 3 and 4 (Soccer Ball) – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 15 youth per session)
This is origami like you’ve never seen it before! You can make incredible 3D models out of regular printer paper. Sessions take you through basic steps and help you create your own models. Modular origami involves several identically folded paper units (or modules) assembled into a finished model. Modular origami is really geometric modular origami, often polyhedral geometric origami. You may see completed models on her website. In session 1, youth will learn to make a bat; in session 2, a butterfly; sessions 3 & 4 are a double-session, and you will be making a large soccer ball.
Monster Sock Puppets
Friday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 24 youth)
Come create your own “no sew” monster sock puppet using brightly colored socks, pompoms, and felt. You can have fun with these and let your imagination run wild.
Mystery Bone Detectives
Friday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 -11; or session 3 for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 16 participants per session)
In this workshop we will be looking at the skull bones of many different mammals. We will discuss the differences and similarities in the bones and teeth, and how this relates to the way the animals lived and whether they were a predator or prey. Each participant will be asked to examine some “Mystery Skulls” and decide what the skull belonged to based on clues discussed previously in the workshop. After the bones have been identified, we will do a fun predator-prey activity that shows the ecological balance of these mammals and what happens when this is disrupted, either by humans or ecological reasons. This workshop is very hands-on and participants will be interacting with real bones!
Needle Felt a Dryer Ball
Friday – session 1 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth)
Needle felt your own dryer ball to cut down on drying time, and put balsam in the middle to make your clothes smell good. Dryer balls save electricity and eliminate the need for chemical-filled dryer sheets! Note: it is recommended that an adult accompany youth ages 5 – 10.
Saturday – session 4; or Sunday – session 1 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth per session)
Cranes, horses, and jumping frogs, oh my! In this workshop you will learn to make two or three different origami animals.
Saturday – session 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 10 youth per session)
Learn safety skills and surviving planning for the outdoors.
Party in the Compost
Saturday – session 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 – for youth ages 5 – 11 (limit of 15 youth per session)
Make a delicious and nutritious compost parfait while learning about the various components of a healthy compost pile! Play with a worm bin, where red wigglers convert food into black gold!
Preparing Your Kid for the Show Ring
Sunday – session 2 – for youth of all ages
Learn some great tips for preparing your meat goat for the show ring.
Friday – session 4 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 8 youth)
Participants will make quilled cards while learning the basics of quilling, also known as paper twirling. Note: this is a prerequisite for the Quilled Fish Bowl workshop.
Quilled Fish Bowl
Saturday – session 3 and 4 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 8 youth)
Participants will learn to make a 3-D Fish Bowl using quilling (aka paper twirling) techniques. Note: youth must have participated in the Quilling Basics workshop, or one of the Quilling workshops offered in 2012.
Saturday – session 1 or 4 – for youth ages 9 & up
Learn all about caring for a rabbit: learn about housing for rabbits, feeding, grooming, and the time it takes to keep rabbits. We will cover parts of the rabbit, cutting toenails, preventing sore hocks, and take a look at the different breeds suitable for 4-H projects.
Rabbit Selection: Which is the Right Rabbit for Me?
Saturday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 & up
Different breeds will be available, and we will discuss the different traits and temperaments of each breed. You will be able to see and hold the different breeds to help you make a decision on which breed is right for your unique situation. A list of rabbit breeders in Maine and the breeds they raise will be available.
Saturday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 & up
Learn all about 4-H Rabbit Showmanship. Learn how to present your rabbit to the judge, how to groom your rabbit before the show, and how to pose your breed on the table. Know the major disqualifications. Learn how to show the teeth, nails, and sex of your rabbit.
Recycled Fashion Accessories
Saturday – session 3 or 4; or Sunday – session 1– for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth per session)
This workshop is a combination of fun and creativity, and everyday items (once used and now recycled). The creation of beautiful fashionable bangles, wrap bracelets, etc. will be designed and made using great imaginations, glue, fabric, paper and more!
Seaweed – From Bay to Body
Friday – session 2 or 3 or 4 – One workshop for each age group
Maine is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and versatile seaweeds, also known as sea vegetables, ocean herbs, or marine macro-algae. Quite possibly, the ocean’s most versatile and sustainable resource, seaweeds are used for food, extracts, beauty products, artistic creations, textiles, health products, and more! Seaweeds are a valuable source of essential minerals and vitamins for human, animal, and plant health. Maine is a leader in sea vegetable production, and is especially rich in the diversity of native sea vegetable species it provides. We will review the biology, diversity, and ecology of Maine seaweeds, and cover identification, uses, benefits, and applications. There will be specific hands-on activities that focus on health, beauty, art, and food uses of seaweeds that are appropriate and interesting to all ages.
Shades of Creativity
Friday – session 4; or Saturday – session 3; or Sunday – session 1 or 2 – for youth of all ages (limit of 10 youth per session)
Use your creativity and imagination to design and construct your own unique papier-mâché lampshade.
Soap Carving & Soap Carving Tools
Friday and Saturday – session 1 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 12 youth)
On Friday, participants will make a set of tools for soap carving out of Popsicle sticks, and on Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to carve a bar of soap, and try out your skills! Important: you must attend both sessions.
Friday – session 2 – for youth ages 9 – 11, or session 4 – for youth ages 12 & up (limit of 12 youth per session)
Have you ever wanted to make your own soda that is healthier, and tastes better than the stuff you buy at the store? In this workshop, we will be making a couple of different types of soda to have at the Friday night Birthday Celebration.
Spinning Wool with a Wooden Spindle
Friday – session 2 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth)
This is your opportunity to learn the ropes of hand spinning wool on a wooden spool. Turn wool from the instructor’s own sheep into gorgeous, and completely unique, yarn. Note: it is recommended that an adult accompany youth ages 5 – 10.
Friday – session 3 – for youth ages 5 – 8; or Saturday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 – 11 (limit of 12 youth per session)
Using a smidge of science, and a bit of playdough (and a few other ingredients), you can invent a wild new creature with eyes that light up and/or a tail that spins! If you like to find out how things work, or are interested in electronics and want to know more about the science behind them – this workshop will be a blast!
Starting a Business that Pops!
Friday – sessions 3 or 4 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 30 youth per session)
In this workshop, you’ll get to make a new flavor of popcorn that no one has ever tried before, and figure out how you would sell that popcorn to other people. This is a very hands-on workshop and you’ll even leave with a sample of your new popcorn!
Saturday – session 3 – for youth ages 9 & up (limit of 15 youth)
Have fun learning about science and building your own rocket; see how far yours can go!
Wet & Needle Felt Soap
Friday – session 3 – for youth of all ages (limit of 12 youth)
Learn how to wet and dry felt on a bar of soap. Prepare for a mess when you choose your outfit – and clean up afterwards with your felted soap! Note: it is recommended that an adult accompany youth ages 5 – 10.
Woodworking – Build a Bird House – FULL
Friday – session 1 – open to all ages (limit of 10 youth)
What do you want your birdhouse to look like? In this workshop – you get to decide – from assembling the birdhouse to designing a face on the front of it!
Working Steer Demo
Saturday – session 1 – open to all ages
Have you ever wondered what it takes to train a pair of oxen to work together? This is your opportunity to see the training, and get all your questions answered.
Saturday – session 1 – all ages welcome (limit of 30 participants)
Feeling stiff lately? Has anyone told you that a weak core causes lower back pain? Come and see what Pilates and Yoga, combined in a single exercise class, looks like. This class is designed to strengthen both the mind and body through the combination of poses and exercises. By using your own body weight you will strengthen and tone muscles throughout your whole body. This class will also test your flexibility and allow you to work through breath, as you get deeper into your poses. Get ready to strengthen your “powerhouse.” This session will end with a guided meditation.