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4-H Youth Development

Family Studies

4-H members will learn about their own growth and development as well as that of others in the family studies project. Youth will learn about children of different ages and appropriate activities that help children grow and develop physically, socially, mentally and emotionally. Youth will learn about building family strengths to nurture children.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Consumer Skills
Ages 9-10

  • Determine differences between needs and wants
  • Develop a savings plan for a specific goal
  • Practice comparison shopping
  • Learn to make change

Ages 11-13

  • Identify personal values
  • Make a major purchase
  • Understand peer pressure
  • Learn to manage a checking account

Ages 14 and Older

  • Recognize target advertising 
  • Identify consumer rights
  • Learn the value of employment

Child Development
Ages 7-9

  • Learn where they fit in the family
  • Observe how people express emotions
  • Know risks of internet use

Ages 10-13

  • Learn to take care of self at home
  • Identify characteristics of friends
  • Learn socially accepted manners and customs

Ages 14 and Older

  • Observe child behavior 
  • Understand effects of TV on children
  • Create intergenerational community service projects

Family
Ages 7-8

  • Learn behaviors that develop friendships
  • Respect others and their belongings
  • Understand need for family rules

Ages 9-11

  • Express feelings in a positive way
  • Learn to cope with change
  • Know that family forms change

Ages 12-13

  • Learn physical changes of adolescence
  • Utilize the "Think-Feel-Do" cycle of stress
  • Learn that choices have consequences

Ages 14 and Older

  • Study effects of employment on family and lifestyle
  • Evaluate best uses of credit cards
  • Learn to use consensus and compromise

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office. 

Consumer Skills (FS100)

Child Development (FS101)

Family (FS102)

General Family Studies Resources

Project Leader Resources

Events and Activities

State 4-H Family and Consumer Sciences Judging Contest
When: September
Where: Hutchinson, KS
Donor: Kansas State Fair, K-State Department of Human Ecology
Award: Educational trips, scholarships

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

Career Connections