Educational activity kits were developed and implemented through a statewide effort for 4-H Youth Development Extension programs serving 5-8 year-old children. The purpose of the kits was to promote life skills in children and assess the learning environment. Data was collected based on the observations of 577 children across 22 counties. Findings indicated life skills of subject matter knowledge, getting along with others, and decision-making were enhanced through activity kits. While contextual elements for positive youth development were present for: positive relationships with caring adults, opportunities for mastery/competence, emotionally and physically safe environment, and opportunities for engagement of learning.
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Scheer, S. D., Yeske, J., & Zimmer, B. (2011). Implementing and Assessing 4-H Educational Activity Kits for Children. The Journal of Extension, 49(2), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss2/13