Variety is the spice of life in 4-H


By Lydia Ulry - OSU Extension Educator



For most people, when they think of 4-H, they think of the fair. The first type of projects to come to mind are often the animals; a cow, pig, or chicken. The next thought might be about cooking or sewing projects, but 4-H has so much more to offer.

If you can think of an area of interest, chances are 4-H has a project for it. 4-H offers more than 200 projects, there truly is something for everyone. If you live in town, no problem, we have projects that expand past the animal projects we are known for.

There are multiple ways to select a project and multiple resources to help you narrow down the many options available. If you do not have an idea of where to start, you can always visit our website (fayette.osu.edu) and take the quick “What’s your 4-H” Quiz which takes your interests and matches them to projects available. If you just want to see the entire list of projects, check out the Ohio 4-H Family Guide.

An online option is available at our previously listed website. An additional and maybe the most in-depth resource available to you is Ohio 4-H’s Project Central (projectcentral.ohio4h.org). Project Central is an easy way for 4-H members to preview Ohio 4-H project books and resources. Take a closer look at a book, find out what others have to say, and share your experience!

Beginning Fishing – This project gets you out on the water as you learn the basics of fishing. Enjoy time outside while engaging in one of the world’s oldest hobbies and professions! Topics include: fishing equipment, casting, where to fish.

Project Number: 224 Topic Area: Veterinary Science Skill Level: Beginner State Fair Eligible: Yes

Seeing Through Graphic Design – A newer project, learn a more about visual communication with this hands-on approach to graphic design. Topics include: color, typography, design basics, symbolism, branding.

Project Number: 593 Topic Area: Creative and Leisure Arts Skill Level: Intermediate State Fair Eligible: Yes

Cavy Project and Record Book – Cavies, also known as guinea pigs, are a popular pet in our country. This project helps you learn all about how to care for your pet cavy. Topics include: animals’ basic needs, types of cavy housing, showmanship and breeding.

Project Number: 215 Topic Area: Animal Science Skill Level: All State Fair Eligible: Yes

Family History Treasure Hunt – This genealogy project will help you discover your family history as you go on a treasure hunt for jewels of information such as interesting relatives, special events, and curious stories of days gone by. This project can be taken for up to six years.

Project Number: 442 Topic Area: Creative and Leisure Arts Skill Level: All State Fair Eligible: Yes

You’re the Athlete – Learn the fundamentals of being a well-rounded athlete with activities that develop important knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations in sportsmanship, time management, goal setting, nutrition and sports, strength and conditioning, leadership, conflict resolution, and careers in athletics.

Project Number: 300 Topic Area: Healthy Living Skill Level: Intermediate State Fair Eligible: Yes

ATV Safety – Riding ATVs can be very fun, but safety needs to be a top priority for any rider. This project teaches young riders to put safety first. Topics include: ATV parts, protective gear, riding techniques, safe practices for ATV riding, environmental stewardship.

Project Number: 555 Topic Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Skill Level: All State Fair Eligible: Yes

Not Just Knots – This project introduces members to different types of knots, how they are used, and what types of material to tie knots with. Topics include: simple knots, bends, hitches, capstone knot project.

Project Number: 540 Topic Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Skill Level: All State Fair Eligible: Yes

My Favorite Things – Are you interested in starting your own collection? Or maybe you already have a collection and are ready to take it to the next level. This project is a great place to start. Topics include: kinds of collections, the collecting process, displaying your collection.

Project Number: 496 Topic Area: Creative and Leisure Arts Skill Level: All State Fair Eligible: Yes

The Laundry Project – Doing laundry is an important chore in any household. This project prepares your 4-H member for that responsibility! Topics include: reading clothing labels, sorting, machine settings, removing stains.

Project Number: 405 Topic Area: Home Living Skill Level: Beginner State Fair Eligible: Yes

All About Dogs – Ever wonder how prehistoric dogs met prehistoric humans? Want to know how dogs think and the meaning behind their body language? Curious about what keeps dogs happy and healthy? Discover these answers and the valuable roles these furry companions play in our lives. For beginning-level members who may or may not have a dog. Topics include: animal history, training, dog anatomy and care.

Project Number: 200 Topic Area: Animal Science Skill Level: Beginner State Fair Eligible: Yes

By Lydia Ulry

OSU Extension Educator