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Thursday’s With Taylor

This page is designated for Thursday’s with Taylor series! Each Thursday, our 4-H Agent will provide content for our youth, such as fun, at-home activities you can do as a family (or on our own) during this time. We hope you will enjoy and participate!

October 1, 2020 – Thursday with Taylor – Crafts with Paper Towel Tubes

I know we all have those paper towel/toilet paper tubes laying around the house, or maybe have already been thrown away, but what if we saved them and used them for fun crafts like these! Check it out!

Crafts with Paper Towel Tubes

September 24, 2020 – Thursday with Taylor – Falling for Apples

Please view this video for a fun activity about apple parts. You can also access the activity sheet by viewing this Google Drive.

September 3, 2020 – Thursday with Taylor – Teen Podcast and Mask Mythbusters

Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings

Orange County 4-H Teen Talk – 4 Tips for Building Positive Mental Health

August 27, 2020 -Thursday with Taylor – Upcoming Nature Adventures with NC 4-H Camps

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September 18th – Coastal Ecology – The Eastern 4-H Center is located on beautiful Bulls Bay in north eastern North Carolina. As part of the Albemarle Sound, The Eastern Center is situated in a marine estuary where the freshwater of North Carolina’s rivers meets the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. This creates a dynamic and diverse environment for life. In this session, students will explore the vibrant ecology of the Albemarle Sound, learning about the plants and animals that make this unique ecosystem their home.

October 1st – Beaver Pond Explorations – Did you know that beavers are one of the only species that changes the physical world around them in order to survive? In this session, students will take a virtual tour of the beaver pond habitat at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center to learn about this important North Carolina animal and its habitat. Students will explore this decades old, mature beaver pond habitat, learn how to identify evidence of beaver activity, and discover why beavers are so important to many other plants and animals.

October 14th – Pine Forest Ecology – Did you know that Millstone 4-H Camp is located in one of the most beautifully restored Longleaf Pine forests in the south eastern US? Did you also know that Longleaf Pine forests are home to many rare plant and animal species? In this session, students will explore this unique pine forest ecosystem along with the help of a wildlife expert at Millstone 4-H Camp. Students will explore how and why the Longleaf Pine declined in the 20th century and how restoring these important trees helps many different species.

October 27th – Stories in the Stars Astronomy – Have you ever wondered how the constellations got their names? In this interactive session, students will investigate the myths or stories behind specific constellations in the night sky. Students will work with their own cluster of stars to create a constellation and a story to go with it. Students will learn about current astronomical events, how to locate constellations in the night sky, and explore what they can find in the night sky right now.

November 9th – Nature Crafts – The natural world is all around us. In this hands-on learning session, students will learn about North Carolina birds, toads and frogs and then use what they’ve learned to build nature crafts that will help them observe the natural world in real time. Students will build simple bird feeders and toad homes. Students will then use their crafts to collect data, make observations and develop inferences based on evidence about the natural world and the species they find there.

November 20th – Outdoor Survival Skills – 4-H gained national attention last year when two girls in California who were lost in the woods for several days credited their survival to skills they learned in 4-H. In this interactive session, students will learn survival skills including the Rule of 3, the Ten Essentials, how not to get lost, and how to survive in the wilderness. Then students will apply what they’ve just learned with a mock survival scenario where they have to make decisions about how to survive. This can be done in groups in a traditional classroom, or individually for virtual classrooms or homeschool set-up.

December 8th – Shark Teeth and Fossils – Eastern North Carolina is home to some of the most dense fossil soils around. In this session, students will learn where and how to find them as well as identify some of the many species that can be found. Students will explore different types of fossils and dive deep on shark teeth specifically. The session instructor will share his personal fossil collection to show and tell what he’s found over the last ten years.

August 20, 2020 – Thursday with Taylor – Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

work from home

Today I bring you a really great read from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please take a few moments to read the article “Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak”. This article brings great discussion to families such as the importance of a routine, and tips on screen time.

Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

August 13, 2020 – Thursday with Taylor – How we ‘do 4-H’

Discover yourself in 4-H. Read more about how we ‘do 4-H’ here.

discover 4-h

July 30, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Mason Jar Herb Garden

Come learn how to make the at home mason jar herb garden! Find your favorite herb seeds, a jar or two, some soil and a handful of small rocks. This is all you’ll need to make your very own herb garden! Have fun!

Mason Jar Herb Garden

Here are Miss Taylor’s jars. She planted cilantro!

herb garden jars

July 23, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Catapults

Today we will be learning from Mrs. Beth, the 4-H Agent in Madison County 4-H, Florida. Come learn how to make your very own catapult!

Catapult Facebook Video

July 15, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Mask Self-Portrait

Now that masks are more of a requirement, let’s remember not to forget to stay true to who we are under the mask. In today’s video, you’re going to learn how to draw a self-portrait, but wearing a mask! Come learn more!

Mask Self-Portrait

For the original video, and where Miss Taylor got her information visit Behind My Mask: A Super Kid Self-Portrait!

June 18, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Peanuts to Peanut Butter

Today’s TWT we are discussing how peanuts become peanut butter! We have a reading of that process, as well as some activities for you to have fun with. Enjoy!

Peanuts to Peanut Butter

May 21, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Importance of Water

Today’s video was a LIVE video on our Facebook page! You can watch it online. We discussed why it is important for us to drink water, and found an activity for the whole family! This activity shows you how much water you should be drinking and how to keep track of it. Give it a try! Miss Taylor will be!

How Much Water Do I Drink?

May 14, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – The Water Cycle at Work

Today’s video is a reading of the book The Water Cycle at Work, provided by NC Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom. Typically, during this time the Extension Office helps Soil and Water with Environmental Awareness Days. Since we were unable to hold the event this year, I wanted to provide a short lesson on the Water Cycle. We have a couple activities that we would love for you to do. Be sure to share your products with Miss Taylor –

The Water Cycle at Work by Rebecca Olien

Water Cycle Folder

May 7, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Birds (or Bugs) Eye View

View this video to learn more about viewpoints. Have fun as a family and get outside to capture some photos, while you learn about viewpoints. It’s natural for use to view things in a “normal” viewpoint. We view things in a standing position and often the same in photos. But what if we viewed things in a different viewpoint?

Bird’s (or Bug’s) Eye View

Activity Sheet

April 30, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Calm Jars

View this video to learn more about Calm Jars and how you can use this tool during a hard time. Please reach out to Miss Taylor ( for additional resources, or feel free to share your decorated jar with her!

Calm Jars

Materials can be found here.

April 23, 2020 – Thursday’s with Taylor – Low-Cost Robotic Hand

View this video to learn how to make a low-cost robotic hand! Please share your end results with Taylor by emailing

Low-Cost Robotic Hand

Hand template, as well as the directions and materials.