Learn at Home with 4-H Friday Fun! Videos

graphic for learn at home videosEach Friday, watch for a new hands-on activity that you can try out with simple materials you have at home. Watch a short video clip to see how it’s done or download our 4-H Learn from Home activity sheets. Each activity outlines materials needed, easy to follow instructions, reflection questions for discussion, and activity extensions.


June 26: Seed Germination

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Seed Germination (PDF)


June 19: Rain in a Jar

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Rain in a Jar (PDF)


June 12: Spreading Rainbows

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Spreading Rainbows (PDF)


June 5: Dancing Popcorn

Join Kristy Ouellette, Extension Professor, 4-H Youth Development (Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties), and her kids, as she conducts a simple chemistry experiment using only a large see-through jar, baking soda, vinegar, water, and popcorn kernels.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Dancing Popcorn (PDF)


May 29: Balloon Kebab

Join Mitch Mason, Extension Educator, Cumberland County, as he performs a science experiment based on polymers. He will attempt to poke a skewer through an inflated balloon without popping it.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Balloon Kebab (PDF)


May 22: Ice Cream in a Bag (YouTube)

In this video, join Sadee Mehuren, 4-H Youth Development Professional (Waldo County), as she makes homemade ice cream. The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. demonstrate how substances change between different states of matter and
  2. to introduce the concept of melting point. Produced by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Ice Cream in a Bag (PDF)


May 15: Origami Paper Cranes (YouTube)

In this video, join Erin McDonald, 4-H Youth Development Professional (York County), as she shows how to make a traditional paper crane using Japanese origami. She will also discuss origami’s history and how it is used in contemporary processes.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Origami Paper Cranes (PDF)

Second Page of Activity Sheet PDF: Orizuru, Traditional Japanese Model (Diagram by Andrew Hunson) (PDF), CC Public Diagram Project website


May 8: Diaper Powder (YouTube)

Join Mitch Mason, Extension Educator, Cumberland County, as he explores the science behind a common object found in most households: the diaper, polymers, and what makes diapers so absorbent.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Diaper Powder (PDF)


May 1: Marshmallow Launcher (YouTube)

In this video, join Sarah Sparks, 4-H Science Youth Development Professional, as she builds a marshmallow launcher using craft sticks, tape, spoons, straw/skewer, chenille stems, safety glasses, measuring tape and a marshmallow. Then, test your launcher to see how far the marshmallow goes.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:

Learn at Home: Marshmallow Launcher (PDF)


April 24: Drops on a Penny (YouTube)

Sara King, Extension Professional, Oxford County, explores surface tension with the Drops on a Penny activity. Be sure to tag us at #Maine4HFriday with a picture and tell us how many drops fit on your penny!

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:


April 17: Is There Seaweed in Your Cupboard? (YouTube)

Join Sarah Sparks, Extension Professional, as she leads you through a seaweed scavenger hunt in your house. Be sure to tag us at #Maine4HFriday with pictures of the items you find!

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:


April 10, 2020: Newspaper Tower (YouTube)

Use the engineering design process to build a tower out of newspaper. Jen Lobley, Extension Educator, Washington County, will show you what to do. Be sure to tag us at #Maine4HFriday with pictures of the tower you create!

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:


April 3, 2020: Exploding Baggies (YouTube)

4-H Friday Fun is a series of at-home activities for parents and kids. In this video, Tara Marble, 4-H Youth Development Professional, Franklin County, and her two children demonstrate how a simple chemical reaction can make baggies explode! Produced by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:


March 26, 2020: DIY Birdfeeders (YouTube)

Join Zabet NeuCollins, Community Extension Assistant (Hancock County), as she makes a do-it-yourself bird feeder from items that can be found around the house: an orange, yarn, knitting needles and more.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print:


March 20, 2020:Tinfoil Boat Activity (YouTube)

Join Kristy Ouellette, Extension Educator, and her boys as they build their own boats to see how many coins they can hold before they sink.

Material List and Instructions to Download and Print: