Burlington--Kids 5-7 are invited to sign up for Cloverbuds Connect Challenges, a free, virtual, weekly offering from University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.

A fun, new challenge is issued biweekly on Fridays via Flipgrid, a password-protected website, with past challenges archived online for anytime viewing by registered participants. Each week's theme relates to one of the four H's in 4-H: head, heart, hands and health.

Although there is no charge to participate, registration is required. Email UVM Extension 4-H educator Kimberly Griffin at kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu for the access code and/or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate if needed.

Each challenge is introduced through a video that demonstrates an activity for participants to try. Parents are encouraged to record a video of their kids participating in that activity to share on the website.

Upcoming challenges include growing food from refrigerator scraps, salt dough ornaments and paper making.

More than two dozen previous sessions also are available online that cover a wide range of activities including how to make a pine cone bird feeder, tell time with the sun, create a lava lamp and make ice cream in a bag, no-bake cookies, butter and homemade smoothies. In addition, kids can learn about bottle-fed goats, butterflies and bird migration along with ways to spread cheer through painted rocks and mail-a-hug, among other topics.

Kids 10 and older are encouraged to become a Cloverbud Connector by creating short, themed video challenges and simple hands-on activities for the Cloverbuds Connect Challenges program. If interested, contact UVM Extension 4-H educators Kimberly Griffin (kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu) or Lisa Muzzey (lisa.muzzey@uvm.edu) for details.

For information about virtual programs for older kids, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/4-h-home. Offerings also will be announced on Facebook @Vermont 4-H.


Kimberly Griffin