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Lending Library and Learning Lab Kits

Learning Lab Kits

Learning Lab Kits were originally created for exploratory learning in grades 3-12. The hands-on activities provide information in a unique way that encourages youth to explore, reflect, and apply knowledge. Now, these kits are used in many settings—at county and state fair judging, in classrooms and after-school learning programs, and in agricultural association and group meetings.

Learning activities can include ideas like these:

  • Hands-on introduction of agricultural, companion animal, and related topics through observing, communicating, organizing, comparing, relating, inferring, and applying knowledge and information.
  • Learning stations that reinforce animal sciences and agricultural lessons on anatomy, conformation, breeds, equipment, plants. and plant parts, etc.
  • Skillathon or quiz stations in which youth compete as they demonstrate their knowledge.
  • Interactive team events that encourage youth to collaborate and cooperate.
  • Exhibits and displays that help students start conversations and promote positive messaging about agriculture and animal science at public events

Kits Available at the Placer 4-H Office include: 

  • Beef 
  • Dog
  • Goat
  • Horse
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit 
  • Sheep 
  • Swine


Civic Engagement, Workforce Readiness, and Leadership Projects


Civic Engagement  Business and Economics
  • Public Adventures Citizenship Activity Guide
  • Better than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas for Kids
Workforce Readiness Leadership
  • Get in the Act! Youth Guide
  • Get in the Act! Helper Guide
  • SPARKS! How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers
  • Feeding the Zircon Gorilla and Other Team Building Activities
  • 50 Ways to Use your Noodle
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Communicative and Expressive Arts

Arts and Crafts Clothing and Textiles
  • Sketchbook Crossroads: Drawing, Fiber, and Sculpture
  • Portfolio Pathways: Painting, Printing, and Graphic Design
  • Coats and Clark Educational Leaflets 
  • 4-H Clothing Project Guide
  • 4-H Members Clothing Activities Beginning
  • 4-H Members Clothing Activities Intermediate
  • 4-H Members Clothing Activities Advanced
  • A,B,C's of Clothing and Separates of Fun Clothing Manual 
  • A,B,C's of Clothing Cotton Separates
  • Unraveling Fibers
  • How to Lace
  • Photography Book and Journal
  • Focus on Photography Project Book and Journal Level 1 
  • Controlling the Image Project Book and Photo Journal Level 2 
  • Mastering Photography Project Book and Photo Journal Level 3 
  • Adventures with Your Camera- B Manual for 11-14 Year Olds
  • 4-H Guide to Digital Photography

Healthy Living

Online Healthy Living Curricula/Resources

Cooking/ Canning

Health and Physical Fitness
  • California Cooking
  • Secret Formulas 
  • A Recipe File for Camps
  • S'mores and More: 4-H Outdoor Cooking and Living Basics 
  • How to Dry Foods
  • Food Science 
  • Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
  • Health Rocks: A Healthy Living Series Beginning
  • Health Rocks: A Healthy Living Series Intermediate
  • Health Rocks! Empowering your Community to Make a Difference



General Animal Science Beef and Dairy Cattle
  • Beef Cattle Project Leader's Guide -Electronic File
  • Beef Activity Guide
  • Beef Resource Handbook 
  • Exploring Beef Health and Husbandry
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle
  • Getting Started with Beef and Dairy Cattle 
  • Calf Care and Raising of Young Stock
  • Dairy Resource Handbook
  • DVD Do's and Don'ts of Clipping 
  • DVD Do's and Don'ts of Fitting and Clipping
  • DVD Do's and Don'ts of Selection and Feeding 
Poultry and Embryology  Horses
  • Poultry Project Leaders Guide -Electronic File
  • Poultry Activity Guide 
  • Poultry Leader Guide
  • 4-H Guide to Raising Chickens 
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens 
  • Chicken Life Cycles 
  • Your Chickens A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing
  • Keeping Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and other Small Spaces 
  • Raising Geese
  • Embryology Classroom Guide
  • Experiments in Poultry Science 
  • In an Egg Shell: Egg to Chick to Egg
  • All About Eggs Activity Book: From Magic to Market
  • EGG A Photographic Story of Hatching
  • The Amazing Egg Book
  • From Egg to Chicken
  • Chicken and Egg
  • Chester the Chick
  • DVD Poultry Leader's Guide
  • DVD Poultry Judging Event
  • DVD Avian Disease Prevention
  • Horse Project Leader Guide -Electronic File
  • Horse Judging Guide 
  • Your Pony Your Horse A Kid's Guide to Care and Enjoyment 
  • The Foaling Primer
  • John Lyon's Bringing Up Baby 
  • The Parent's Guide to Horseback Riding 
  • Riding the True Techniques 
  • CHA Horsemanship Composite Manual
  • 4-H Guide to Training Horses
  • Storey's Guide to Training Horses 
  • Complete Calvetti
  • Breaking and Training the Driving Horse
  • 101 Arena Exercises 
  • Beginning Western Exercises 
  • Beginning English Exercises 
  • Intermediate English Exercises 
  • Advanced English Exercises 
  • Dr. Kellon's Guide to First Aid for Horses 
  • DVD John Lyons The Trail Riding Series 
  • DVD John Lyons Controlling Your Horse's Speed 
  • DVD Bob Avila Body Control 101
  • DVD Bob Avila Body Control The Next Step
  • DVD Bob Avila Lead Changes 
Llamas Sheep
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Llamas
  • Sheep Project Leader Guide -Electronic File
  • Sheep Activity Guide
  • ANR Sheep Guide
  • Sheep Resource Handbook 
  • Sheep Lesson Plans for Leaders
  • Your Sheep A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing 
  • Show Your Way to the Top
Swine Goats
  • Swine Activity Guide
  • ANR Swine Guide 
  • Swine Resource Handbook
  • Exploring Swine Health and Husbandry
  • Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs 
Dog Cat
  • Dog Project Leaders Guide -Electronic File
  • 4-H Guide to Dog Training and Tricks
  • Dog Showing for Beginners 
  • ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs 
  • Red Cross Ready Dog First Aid
  • The Dog Behavior Answer Book
  • Happy Dog Happy You 
  • The Beginner's Guide to Agility 
  • Agility Fun the Hobday Way
  • DVD Rally Obedience Start to Finish
  • DVD Safety Around Dogs 
  • DVD Your Dog and You: A Beginner's Guide to Dog Care and Training
  • Cat Activity Guide
  • Your Cat and You: A Complete Guide to Cat Selection and Care 
  • The Cat Behavior Answer Book
Small Animals Rabbits
  • Small Animal Dermatology
  • Pocket Pets Guide to Gerbils 
  • Pocket Pets Guide to Hamsters 
  • Pocket Pets Guide to Rats and Mice
  • ARBA Official Guidebook to Raising Better Rabbits and Cavies 
  • A Step by Step Book About Chinchillas 
  • Pot Bellies and Miniature Pigs: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual
Cavies Fish
  • Agua Pura Exploring Salmon and Steelhead in California Communities


Environmental Science Soil and Water Conservation
  • I can Save the Earth
  • Environmental Stewardship: Endangered Species
  • Environmental Stewardship: Wetlands
  • Environmental Stewardship: Water Quality 
  • Environmental Stewardship: Recreational Trails 
  • How Nature Works
  • Exploring Your Environment Facilitator Guide
  • Exploring Your Environment Ecosystem Services 
  • Exploring Your Environment Earth's Capacity
  • Youth Recycling Project 
  • There's No New Water
  • Wonderful Worms
  • Compost! Growing Gardens from your Garbage
  • Gardens from Garbage
Forestry Energy Management
  • Forestry Activity Guide
  • Forestry Helper's Guide
  • Follow Your Path Forestry Youth Activity Guide Level 1
  • Reach For the Canopy Forestry Youth Activity Guide Level 2 
  • Explore the Deep Woods Forestry Youth Activity Guide Level 3
  • The Power of Wind Facilitator Guide
  • The Power of Wind Youth Guide
Insects and Pollinators Gardening/Jr. Master Gardeners
  • Butterfly Wings Activity Guide
  • The Family Tree of the Honey Bee Grade 5 
  • A Honeybee Colony Grade 6 
  • Beekeeping Equipment Grade 7 
  • Seasonal Management of a Honeybee Colony Grade 8 
  • Nectar and Pollen Sources for Honey Bee's Grade 10 
  • Honey Bee Diseases, Pests, Pesticide Poisoning, and Regulations Grade 11
  • Pet Bugs: A Kid's Guide to Catching and Keeping Touchable Insects 
  • More Pet Bugs: A Kid's Guide to Catching and Keeping Insects and Other Small Creatures
  • Bugs, Slugs, and Salamanders: Discovering Animals in your Garden
  • Bugs, Slugs, and Other Thugs: Controlling Garden Pests Organically
  • Budding Gardeners Activity Guide 
  • L2 Operation Thistle
  • Purdue Ext. Garden Exhibits
  • Purdue Ext. Gardening Helper's Guide
  • Purdue Ext. See Them Sprout Level A Grades 3-4
  • Purdue Ext. Let's Get Growing Level B Grades 5-6
  • Purdue Ext. Take Your Pick Level C Grades 7-9
  • Purdue Ext. Growing Profits Level D Grades 10-12
  • Primary Planters a 4-H Gardening Project Leader's Guide 5-8 Year Olds
  • Junior Master Gardener Level 1 Leader Guide
  • Junior Master Gardener Level 1 Handbook
  • Gardening Wizardry for Kids 
  • National Gardening Association Guide to Kid's Gardening
  • Children's Garden's Field Guide for Teacher's Parents and Volunteers 
  • The Children's Kitchen Garden: Book of Gardening, Cooking, and Learning
  • Container Gardening for Kids 
  • The Best Gardening Ideas I Know
  • The Edible Schoolyard
  • Saving Seeds: A Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds
  • Prevention of Post Harvest Food Losses: Fruits and Vegetables and Root Crops 
  • Root Cellaring Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables 
  • Fences for Pasture and Garden
Wildlife:Bird-Watching Outdoor Adventures
  • The Backyard Bird Lovers Guide
  • Outdoor Adventures Activity Guide


Aerospace Rocketry
  • Aerospace Activity Guide
  • Model Rocketry Activity Guide
  • Build it Yourself PVC Rocket Engine 
  • Handbook of Model Rocketry 7th Edition
  • Model Rocket Design and Construction
  • Modern High-Power Rocketry 2 
Robotics/Small Engines  Engineering
  • Small Engines Activity Guide
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Level 1 Give Robotics a Hand
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Level 2 Robots on the Move
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Level 3 Mechatronics 
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Youth Robotics Notebook
  • Building a Multi-Use Barn
  • To Go-to-Guide for Engineering Curricula Pre K-5
  • Rosie Revere Engineer
Electricity  Woodworking
  • Electricity Activity Guide
  • Electric Mischief 
  • Woodworking Activity Guide
  • The Kid's Building Workshop: Woodworking