4-H offers activities to foster family connections

Social distancing during the pandemic, though necessary, has caused social and emotional side effects that have been felt by all of us – perhaps especially by our young people. University of Illinois Extension and 4-H serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties have created a new program to address this. 4-H Connection Corner will provide activities to help families process their feelings and form stronger connections amidst these circumstances. Families that register will receive activity kits, complete with instructions and materials, designed to help stem the tide of the loneliness and isolation felt by many.

A few activities will include:

  • Family Conversation Starters
  • Kindness Challenges
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Mood Monitoring

Interested families can register to receive an activity kit and participate in 4-H Connection Corner at go.illinois.edu/ConnectionKits This program is free and open to everyone, though the activities are most appropriate for families with children, pre-k and above, at home.

Additional Connection Corner resources, tips, and activities will be posted each week on the Facebook page UniversityofIllinoisExtFultonMasonPeoriaTazewell and on the Connection Corner blog,


For more information about 4-H, in addition to other youth and adult programs offered through Extension, visit our website at extension.illinois.edu/fmpt.


About University of Illinois Extension: University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois' 102 counties — and far beyond. Extension provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas: energy and environmental stewardship, food safety and security, economic development and workforce preparedness, family health, financial security, and wellness, and youth development.

About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.


For Further Information Contact:

Emily Schoenfelder – 4-H Youth Development Educator, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit