4-H offers activities for day off school

In many central Ohio school districts, Friday, Oct. 15, is set aside for teachers’ professional development, giving students a day off. For the first time, Ohio 4-H Youth Development is offering a day of activities at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.

“I remember when my children were younger that I wanted them to have someplace and something to do on that day off when I couldn’t be home, they were too old for day care, but not old enough to be home alone,” said Sally McClaskey, program coordinator for Ohio State University Extension’s 4-H program. “A one-day, structured, supervised activity would have been great.”

McClaskey has planned “4-H for a Day” for Oct. 15 — a day of activities for students ages 8 rough 12 involving games, team-building, crafts — even making ice cream with students in the Buckeye Dairy Club.

The event is limited to 40 children, and registration is due to McClaskey by Wednesday, Oct. 6. The fee is $35 and includes a pizza lunch, snacks, beverages, all materials and a t-shirt.

The program will be held in the 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, across from the Schottenstein Center. It will be led and supervised by teen and collegiate 4-H counselors, and 4-H Youth Development staff and volunteers. Check-in runs from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and pick-up begins at 4 p.m.; all children must be picked up by 5 p.m. Activities include:

Snack Attack, creating and enjoying crunchy, healthy snacks.

Believe it or Knot, learning to tie knots and making a Carrick mat or friendship bracelet.

Team Time, testing skills in working together.

Moovin’ On, learning more about where milk comes from and making instant ice cream.

To download a registration form, go to http://www.ohio4h.org/staff/weeklyupdates/documents/4-Hforadayregistration2.pdf. For more information, contact McClaskey at mcclaskey.12@osu.edu or 614-247-8141.

Ohio 4-H is the youth development arm of OSU Extension. More than 300,000 youths in Ohio take part in Ohio 4-H programming each year.

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