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Horse Nutrition Race -- Vibrant Clubs
This game teaches youth basic facts about feeding horses. Every animal requires feed to meet their nutritional requirements. Horses, like people, require water, energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. These needs are met by providing hay, pasture, grain, and supplements to the horse.

Play the game by answering questions or identifying images related to feeding horses. A correct answer moves your horse to the finish line. Youth or groups should take turns selecting the question number to answer. Seven correct answers are required to cross the finish line first.
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See! You Did It! Presentations -- Vibrant Clubs
This activity will help 4-H members learn to communicate by giving an organized presentation in front of a group. This club or group activity will help them learn to clearly communicate information to others through a presentation. They will practice life skills such as developing self-esteem and gaining self-confidence.

This vibrant club activity replaces 4H 850 LDR - See! You Did It! - 4-H Leader Communication
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4-H Poetry -- Vibrant Clubs
While many people think poems need to rhyme, they do not. A poem is a series of words to paint pictures in the mind of the reader. The poet (or author of the poem) chooses words for their meaning, sound, or rhythm.

For this activity, you will need to create your own list of 4-H vocabulary—words or terms that are familiar to 4-H youth. Or use the word bank provided at the end of the lesson. If using word magnets, it is recommended to store them on a cookie sheet or other magnetic surface.
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First Impressions -- Vibrant Clubs
In the United States, a handshake is often used as a greeting. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines a handshake as "a clasping, usually of right hands, by two people as in greeting or farewell." Handshakes may also be used to congratulate someone or to formalize an agreement. When you shake hands with someone, you convey a message about yourself. Whether they recognize it or not, people will make assumptions about you based on the quality of your handshake. To make a positive first impression, follow these steps for a confident, comfortable handshake.
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Using Committees -- Vibrant Clubs
A committee is a team with a common goal. They work under the leadership of a chair and are supported by the club leader. A committee chairperson may be the vice president of the club (who oversees all committees), may be appointed by the president of the club, or may be a member who volunteers for the task. No matter who the chairperson is, there are responsibilities that must be fulfilled if the committee is to be successful.

Effective committee work is an important 4-H club function. Through effective committee work, club business meetings can be more efficient and allow more time to meet the educational, recreational, and social needs of members.

The Iowa 4-H Club program plan should always include youth voice from members. Youth voice should be included in planning of activities, events, and education as well as financial decisions. Provide opportunities for youth to be involved in financial decisions and plan for educational opportunities to help 4-H youth understand the club finances, guidelines, and appropriate use of club funds.
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Human Scavenger Hunt -- Vibrant Clubs
It is important to communicate with others effectively and efficiently. This activity will help with both, whether you know the people around you or not. Teamwork is essential for social skills like active listening, decision making, and effective speaking. It will teach youth that their voice matters and will increase self-confidence.
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Packing for a Trip -- Vibrant Clubs
When packing for a trip away from home, it can be impractical to pack an entire four-season wardrobe. Rather, we must decide which items to bring so that we can manage our luggage and have the right clothes to wear. This learning experience will provide the opportunity to explore the process of clothing selection for a specific time, location, and climate.
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Wildlife Habitat Trivia -- Vibrant Clubs
One common ecoregion in the state of Iowa includes the Tall Grass Prairie. This activity includes cards with "fun facts" about various wildlife species that call the Tall Grass Prairie home. The fun trivia game helps youth identify wildlife species and learn more about specific characteristics of those species.
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Riparian Forests -- Vibrant Clubs
Let’s look closely at an important part of our land that needs trees! These areas, called riparian forests, are located beside lakes, streams, and wetlands. Early settlers called these areas “willow thickets” because thick trees and shrubs made them hard to get through. Trees and shrubs next to water grow fast and have root systems that tolerate wet soils. They are very important in maintaining healthy soils!
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Ground Grain -- Vibrant Clubs
Many foods we eat, including cereal and bread, are made from grains! Grains are the fruits or seeds from grasses. Corn, oats, and wheat are some major grains grown in Iowa. Most of the grain grown in Iowa is used to feed livestock. Ninety-one percent of the land in Iowa is considered agricultural land, which is the highest percentage in the country. Iowa is the top producer of corn in the United States! Have you noticed any grain crops in your hometown?
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Trail Mix Parli Pro -- Vibrant Clubs
4-H Club members will learn the simple rules of parliamentary procedure with this fun activity. They will make, second, amend, and discuss motions as well as vote. When finished, club members can enjoy the trail mix they made.
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Kindness Rocks -- Vibrant Clubs
Sharing kindness and positivity with others is a great way to cheer up neighbors, make new friends, and brighten the community you live in. Using your hands to larger service, decorate the rocks with kind words, colorful artwork, or positive phrases. These rocks can be placed in public places in the community for others to discover. Upon discovering the Kindness Rocks, others will get to read a thoughtful message that can brighten their day.
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Horse Bingo -- Vibrant Clubs
For an equine enthusiast, there are horse terms that are important and necessary for any horse and their handler to communicate with others in the equine industry. Play Horse Bingo to learn horse jargon by defining commonly used terms for describing, grooming, and showing horses in 4-H. Bingo is a fun game of chance played on a scorecard that’s made up of 25 squares — if you get 5 squares in a row, you win!
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Horse Facts Game Show -- Vibrant Clubs
This game teaches youth some basic facts about horse care, colors, markings, tack, and riding classes. Horse care includes the basic needs of housing, nutrition, hygiene, and disease management. To use a horse for showing, one must identify the horse using colors and markings. In addition, youth need to know how to place the correct tack on the horses for riding or showing. Play the game by identifying images related to caring for and showing horses.
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Horse Communication -- Vibrant Clubs
Communication uses natural aids to encourage the horse to execute an action. For example, you use your legs, hands, and seat to ask the horse to walk forward. Voice or talking to a horse is also a natural aid but not allowed in many show ring classes. Simon Says is a great activity to keep youth busy and active. Play Simon Says to learn about cues to communicate with horses.
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You Fit Right In -- Vibrant Clubs
The You Fit Right In activity provides participants with the opportunity to share details about themselves uniquely and creatively. Once completed, a visual representation of all individual participants as part of a whole will reflect a sense of belonging for participants.
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Listening Beads -- Vibrant Clubs
This activity will invigorate your club meeting by helping youth stay engaged and listening closely to others.
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Simple Machine -- Vibrant Clubs
A catapult is a simple machine that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. This mechanical device is used to launch an object a long distance. The catapult you build will utilize rubber bands. When you pull down on the lever arm, potential energy gets stored up.

Using this vibrant club activity, lead your club through designing and creating a catapult, then investigate how the mechanical device functions through trial and error testing.
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Environmental Fashion -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to the environmental costs of clothing and suggest solutions for lessening the costs. These suggestions include shopping secondhand, which they can exhibit through the 4-H $15 Challenge clothing event class.

Additional information on the clothing project area exhibit classes can be found on the Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event webpage.
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$15 Challenge -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to virtual clothing shopping options for personal use or the $15 Challenge. Young people will learn about a tool to use to shop for their $15 Challenge exhibit.
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Trash Collection Bingo -- Vibrant Clubs
Turn community service and service-learning into a fun group activity as a bingo game. Do the activity together, and reflect on what you learned.
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Service Calendar Challenge -- Vibrant Clubs
This activity encourages independent brainstorming and group collaboration through a club planning activity. The club will make plans for one small community service activity each month throughout the year.

Ideally, members will be asked to contribute their time to the group project during the month and bring small donations/projects to the meeting. Their projects will result in a full year of giving back to others.

Club members will learn that civic engagement and community service can be done through everyday small acts of kindness. By working together, great things can be achieved.
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Active Bingo -- Vibrant Clubs
Introduce youth to the importance of physical activity and lifelong fitness through a short bingo game activity.

Physical fitness is important for overall health. We take care of our pets, our rooms, and our belongings– we also need to take care of our bodies! Not only will exercise keep you fit and strong, but it also puts you in a good mood, improves your overall health, and helps you live longer. We don’t all need to be star athletes to be healthy – just keep our bodies moving for 60 minutes per day!
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Technology Trap -- Vibrant Clubs
Introduce 4-H members to the importance of decreasing the amount of time we spend in front of a screen.

Help your club learn about screen time and the impacts it has on our lives. Play a game to test your knowledge about screen time, and then make your own "technology traps" to hold your tech to the side from time to time.
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Flag Etiquette -- Vibrant Clubs
Explore topics surrounding the American Flag with your 4-H club. Learn about what the flag represents, and how it's incorporated into our celebration of Memorial Day and Veterans Day holidays. Learn how to fold a flag and participate in an optional reading for a flag folding activity.
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Around the House Virtual Scavenger Hunt -- Vibrant Clubs
A club introduction or brain break activity for clubs meeting virtually. Young people will look around their house for different items related to questions asked about STEM.
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Group Decision Making Models -- Vibrant Clubs
Provide opportunities for all youth to share their voices and choices in the 4-H club. Use a variety of decision-making techniques to keep meetings interesting and get input from everyone. Here is a list of several approaches you can try to make decisions in your club.
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Animal Game Show -- Vibrant Clubs
This game teaches youth some basic fun facts about animals. All animals have formal names for males and females, groups of the same species, the act of giving birth, and even what their babies are called.

Use the provided Animal Facts Game Show PowerPoint with a projector to host your own interactive game show.
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National Blood Donor Month -- Vibrant Clubs
January is National Blood Donor Month. In this activity, your club can use an interactive quiz format to learn more about why blood donation is important and learn some interesting facts along the way.
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Building a Vibrant Club
4-H Clubs are all about youth having fun, making friends, discovering one’s voice, and learning to work with others. 4-H members will come to club meetings when their four needs are being met: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

This publication helps club leaders build a vibrant club experience for their members using a building-block concept. The elements of a vibrant club (welcome, recreation, education, and a business meeting) all contribute to one or more of the basic needs.

Previously known as 4H 4004B.
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