Looking for ways to keep the young people in your life engaged this winter? Check out the Winter 4-H Fun Pack - a collection of activities that youth can do on their own at home! Each recorded session of Living Room Learning is led by a Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professional. Getting started is simple: gather supplies, click the recording and let us do the rest. 

Consumer & Family Science

ActivityMaterials Needed

Edible Color Wheel

Get ready to play with your food during this fun and tasty learning activity about the color wheel.

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

  • red, blue, and yellow frosting
  • plain cookies
  • plate
  • table knife
  • spoon
  • paper towels

Thumb Print Family Tree

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • white cardstock or paper
  • washable brown and green paint
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • paint brushes
  • black or brown permanent markers
  • wet wipes

Where Milk Comes From

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • dish soap
  • milk
  • food coloring
  • cotton swap
  • cake pan

Savings

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

  • recycled container for a piggy bank
  • construction paper
  • decorations for banks
  • glue/tape/hot glue

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

ActivityMaterials Needed

Spaghetti Engineering

Learn how to build a structure with supplies you can find in your kitchen pantry!

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

  • notebook/paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • spaghetti (uncooked)
  • string
  • masking tape
  • marshmallows (or similar object)
  • measuring tape
  • stopwatch

Balloon Rockets

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 5th Grade

  • chairs
  • balloons
  • straws
  • 10 feet of string
  • permanent marker
  • cargo (paper clips, bottle caps, candy, etc.)
  • cereal boxes, construction paper, or any other material to make lightweight cargo containers
  • tape, glue, scissors, and any other materials needed for construction

Racing Caterpillars

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • craft paper
  • scissors
  • black sharpie
  • drinking straw

Marble Maze

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 5th Grade

  • cardstock or cardboard
  • large popsicle sticks
  • clay or playdough
  • 1 marble

Healthy Living

ActivityMaterials Needed

What's In Your Drink?

Find out how much sugar is in your favorite drinks and learn how to choose a healthier, but still delicious, option during this activity!

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 8th Grade

  • a clear glass
  • a bowl of granulated sugar
  • a teaspoon
  • your favorite beverage or bottle with label
  • any fruit or vegetable
  • a clean glass
  • water
  • ice

Fire Safety

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • Fire Safety with Simon worksheet
  • Fire Safety Plan worksheets
  • poster paper
  • markers

Tree of Greatness

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 4th Grade

  • art supplies (pens, markers, crayons)
  • tree trunk template
  • tree leaf template
  • multi-colored constructino paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Getting Physically Fit!

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

  • 8 1/2" paper plates
  • scissors
  • brads/paper fasteners
  • crayons
  • 1" x 4" strip of construction paper
  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 granny smith apple (cored, peeled, and diced)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 T honey
  • Energy Balance video
  • Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Environmental Education & Earth Sciences

ActivityMaterials Needed

Ready, Map, Go!

Learn how GPS and maps work together in this interactive learning activity for all ages!

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 8th Grade

  • paper
  • writing utensil
  • measuring device (tape measure)
  • straight edge (ruler, cardboard, etc.
  • crayons or markers

Recycling Challenge

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • paper
  • pencil
  • cardboard box
  • recyclable items
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue
  • other supplies as needed

My Clothing and Weather!

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • large pieces of paper
  • markers
  • glue
  • magazine pictures of clothing
  • variety of clothing
  • thermometer
  • large piece of plastic
  • brown wrapping paper
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • thick cardboard
  • one large nail
  • shoelaces or pieces of heavy waxed twine

Water and Wind

Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 5th Grade

  • measuring cup
  • glass jar
  • small plate
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • paper plate
  • pencil with eraser
  • 2 small pieces of cardstock (4" x 4")
  • markers
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • straw
  • straight pin
  • stapler

Communication & Expressive Arts 

ActivityMaterials Needed

Paper Marbling with a Purpose

Let's put your hands and hearts to work by creating a piece of art that can be shared with others!

Suggested Grade Level: 3rd - 8th Grade

  • thick paper (preferably white)
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • table knife
  • metal or glass pan
  • ruler (or similar straight edge object)
  • paper towels
  • newspaper
  • access to water

Self-Portrait

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4th Grade

  • template
  • markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • craft supplies
  • glue, tape, or stapler

Vision Board

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • pictures
  • markers
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • template
  • glue, tape, or stapler

Sock Puppets

Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

  • tall sock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • cardstock paper
  • miscellaneous craft supplies (felt, yarn, googly eyes, etc.)

Take your 4-H Experience to the Next Level

Explore 4-H Projects

One way that 4-H helps youth develop life skills is through hands-on projects. When enrolling, 4-H members are encouraged to work with parents, guardians, club leaders, or project leaders to select one or more projects they are interested in working on throughout the year. Nebraska 4-H offers over 150 projects in a variety of topic areas. 

Learn more about 4-H Projects

Explore 4-H Clubs

Take your 4-H experience to the next level by joining! Club membership is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 18 as of January 1st of the current year. Youth ages 5-7 may also participate as Clover ids. Members are required to officially enroll in 4-H. By enrolling, youth have the opportunity to exhibit their projects at the county and state fair! L

Learn more about 4-H Clubs