Guide the details of ornament-making, visual art projects, and cooking recipes.

The holidays are just around the corner and you might find your kids at home and looking for ways to spend their time. Kansas 4-H Youth Development Specialist Beth Hinshaw knows how important family time is while on vacation, and how difficult it can be to come up with ideas on how to spend that precious time. together.

This is one of the very reasons the National 4-H Program released a Holiday Activity Guide. The Holiday Activity Guide is a great way to spend quality time with people, and we can learn so much from our family when we see them on vacation, ”said Hinshaw. “And being able to have those learning experiences with them – that will also be a memory for us. “

The Holiday Guide, she said, has an array of fun activities, such as ornament making, family story time, visual art projects, and plenty of cooking recipes.

The Holiday Guide contains a “cookie book” – listing over 20 sweet holiday recipes to make together. One of Hinshaw’s favorites is No-Bake Cookies, a recipe from a Kansas 4-H member. “In the vacation guide, there are several activities focused on STEM and math, but as you read and think it’s fun, too,” Hinshaw said. “It’s one of the things that we’re proud of in 4-H – to have these fun, experiential learning activities. “

Food and STEM are two project areas that 4-Hers may already be involved in, and the activity guide includes an additional important area while on vacation: service. “He explains how you could organize a winter coat drive for your community,” Hinshaw said. “Or how you could make handmade fleece scarves for the homeless.”

To start one of the many fun and educational projects 4-H offers, go online to find the complete guide to holiday activities.

More information about the opportunities available through Kansas 4-H is available online, contact the 21 central extension offices in Kinsley at 620 659-2149, in St. John at 620 549-3502.

K-State Research and Extension is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Marty Gleason is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Officer for the 21st Central Extension District which includes Stafford County.

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