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With schools closing around the area and social distancing being recommended nationwide, Missouri 4-H has decided to offer virtual learning activities to all youth.

Children can find these activities by visiting the Missouri 4-H Facebook page and through links on the local Moniteau County 4-H Facebook page. A list of activities can also be found on the Missouri 4-H website under Missouri 4-H QuaranTIME, along with Facebook lives and Zoom sessions.

The activities are designed to help engage and keep children busy during the COVID-19 outbreak. 4-H wanted children to be able to continue learning their leadership, citizenship and life skills during this time. They are offering videos with a variety of topics such as crafts, livestock, horses, shooting sports, financial workshops and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects, with more being added every day. Workshops are being recorded for later viewing.

"It's really hard to say how many people are engaging in this," University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist Elaine Anderson said. "I think everyone right now is trying to get a sense of normalcy with everyone working from home, trying to do their jobs, teach their kids, and it can be quite challenging. What we're trying to do is provide different resources available for different options for them. They could take a project they don't know anything about and learn about it in a little, short video."

These activities are not just for 4-H members and their families — anyone who would like to participate is encouraged. These topics would be a great addition to school lessons or even just a fun activity for children to do in their spare time.

For more information visit extension2.missouri.edu/programs/missouri-4-h.

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