4-H News: A Healthy Livin’ Summer

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4-H: A Healthy

 Livin’ Summer

   We’re on our third week of fun activities that the Tennessee 4-H is conducting daily to help 4-H’ers across the state create every day healthy habits. Over the past couple of weeks, we have had exercises such as fruit pizza and homemade energy bites, learning about sunscreen safety and harmful plants, service projects such as writing letters to soldiers and making a Father’s Day gift, and self-care activities such as homemade face masks. If you would like to check out these activities or future activities that we have available, check out the state 4-H page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Tennessee4H/.

Weekly STEM Activity

   The last STEM activity we shared involved creating your own stalactites. These form on the yarn due to several factors – the first, being that the yarn soaks up the water with the baking soda in it, drawing the baking soda into the yarn. The water drips downward, and as it evaporates, it leaves behind a trace of the baking soda. The stalactite grows over time as more water evaporates.

   This week’s STEM activity is pretty simple – few materials and easy to do… but how does it work? To do the experiment, you’ll need a shallow dish, water, pepper flakes, dish soap, and a tooth pick. Pour about an inch of water into the dish, and sprinkle pepper flakes onto the water.  Dip the toothpick into the dish soap, and then touch the soapy end of the toothpick to the center of the water. What happens? Why does it happen? Stay tuned to find out next week!

Camp Fun at Home!

   This summer, since we were unable to attend 4-H Camp due to COVID-19, we have joined with a couple other counties to bring you “4-H Un-Camp.” We will be providing the materials for the first 20 campers free of charge – you must sign up by calling the Extension Office and you must come by the Extension Office to pick up your supply packet. Slots are on a first-come, first-served basis. The activities for the week will be conducted via the internet using Zoom, so participants must have an available internet connection and a device to run the Zoom program.  Some of the activities will require adult supervision. Dates for “4-H Un-Camp” will be June 29-July 2. Call the Extension Office or e-mail Samantha Morrow at scarte10@utk.edu for more information.

“4-H To Go” Bags

   You may have noticed containers of brown bags at the Welcome Center in Collinwood, at the Clifton Library, and at the Extension Office in Waynesboro. They’re take-home activities that 4-H’ers can do at home to have fun while we’re out of school for the summer. The current activities range from science experiments to a stress-busting stress-ball. Inside each bag is a survey – if you take home a bag, please return the survey when you get another bag and let us know what you thought of the previous kit. If you prefer to do an online survey instead, there’ll be a link to a survey you can perform online to let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see in future kits!