4-H Health Life Skills Sheets (4H1672)


October 26, 2015 - Kendra Moyses


As a 4-H volunteer, you must take responsibility to teach life skills to youth to help them reach their full potential. Many of the life skills that members gain through 4-H participation are identified in the Iowa State University Targeting Life Skills model. 4-H leaders can use this resource with club members to help connect life skills learned through hands-on 4-H projects to real-life experiences. Through the provided age-appropriate discussion questions, you can help youth process the life skills they learn in their 4-H projects.

Life Skills

Character projects or experiences should help youth develop positive values and qualities that contribute to their way of thinking, speaking, or acting. Some characteristics of good character include:

  • Trustworthiness: being honest, reliable, loyal
  • Respect:  Being tolerant, accepting of differences and considerate of others feelings; displaying manners
  • Responsibility: Planning ahead, persevering, setting a good example for others
  • Fairness: Sharing, being open-minded, treating everyone equally
  • Caring: Being kind, acting compassionately, expressing gratitude
  • Citizenship: Being involved in the community, volunteering, respecting authority

Age Appropriate Skills:

Children and youth develop at different rates. The skills listed below are only general guidelines. (Adapted from the Iowa State Targeting Life Skills Training Manual)

5- to 8-year-olds should be able to:

  • Respect themselves and others, including physical belongings.
  • Understand the consequences of being dishonest or not telling the truth.

9- to 11-year-olds should be able to:

  • Understand a sense of fairness.
  • Have a regard for property of self and others.
  • Be aware of differences in values.

12- 14-year-olds should be able to:

  • Appreciate how a reputation is developed.
  • Begin to understand ethical situations.

15- to 19-year-olds should be able to:

  • Become involved in causes based on personal values and ethics.
  • Examine consequences of various ethical decisions.
  • Begin to develop a personal philosophy.


(9 sheets, 2014)





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