Find Your Spark!

University of Illinois Extension invites youth, ages 8-12 years old, to learn about the 4-H program and to try out some fun projects at home.

University of Illinois Extension invites families and youth to sign up and participate in the upcoming Find Your Spark! sessions. In 4-H, youth learn by doing and you have a great time while doing it! These Find Your Spark! sessions will provide youth with a variety of experiences on a variety of fun topics. Find Your Spark! is a six-week session beginning February 23, 2021 on Tuesday evenings from 4:00-5:00 via Zoom. The cost for participating is $5.00 per youth which includes all 6 sessions. These sessions are aimed at youth ages 8-12, focusing on Health, Cultural Awareness, Creative Arts, Child Development, Animal Science, and Horticulture:

Health: This lesson will introduce youth to the importance of physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, they will learn about three types of exercise with the main focus being on flexibility and balance. To conclude, the group will go through a yoga flow and practice poses that have been matched to the 4-H Pledge.

Cultural Awareness: Explore a different culture through traditional meals and food etiquette. We’ll learn how to use Japanese chopsticks and practice our new skills together!

Creative Arts: It is time to get creative! In this session, participants will explore different visual arts and mediums to help them create their very own creature out of modeling clay.

Child Development: This lesson will introduce youth to the four areas of growth and development: physical, mental, social, and emotional. Participants will observe how children express emotions, learn how children are similar and different, and analyze appropriate activities for infants and toddlers, ages birth-5 years.

Animal Science: Think like a veterinarian!  In this session, participants will learn about how parasites affect sheep and goats and use diagnostic tools to determine if an animal needs treatment.

Horticulture: Discover your green thumb by learning how to grow culinary herbs. We’ll explore some recipes to try using your homegrown herbs and we’ll take a look at the new herb project exhibit opportunity.

Each week an experienced 4-H educator will teach youth about a different topic and provide a hands-on activity to complete. All supplies will be mailed to participants. Registration is required for this program by February 11, 2021. To learn more and to register for this program, visit You may also contact Beth Dellatori, 4-H Youth Development Educator at or 815-224-0889. We hope to help you find your spark!

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If you have questions or need more information, please call University of Illinois Extension- Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please indicate when registering or contact the Extension office. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.