Project Summary and Intended Outcomes
Our aim is to share an intern with our 4-H/Youth Development staff, who are based on a 272-acre working farm. This intern will have a two-fold assignment: the first is to create play props and further develop existing areas of the farm’s outdoor explore classroom to appropriately enhance children’s play. The second is to develop a tool or materials to educate parents about play, specifically explaining what skills their children are learning by playing in each of the different areas of the outdoor explore classroom and more generally about the importance of play for young children and how parents can foster learning through play at home.
Roles and Responsibilities
The intern will work closely with the 4-H/Youth Development staff to research age appropriate and inexpensive play props that can be added to the outdoor explore classroom to enhance play. Often times these props will be built/created by the intern. It will be important to stay within the appropriated budget for these items. Additionally, the intern will work closely with the Human Development staff to determine the information parents need about play and to create/develop either material or a tool, such as an app, to deliver the information to parents.
Qualifications and Previous Coursework
The intern for this project would need a solid background in child development (birth-8) with a strong knowledge of children’s play. It would also be helpful if the intern is creative and handy as well as knowledgeable about social media/app development.