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Family and Consumer Sciences Projects

This is a great place to find information about Family & Consumer Sciences Workshops, Projects and Contests. The information on this page is ever changing so make sure you check back often to make sure you have the most updated information!


Upcoming Consumer Science Workshops

  • Pie Baking Class (Kirk Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds)
    • Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
    • 6:30pm-8pm
    • RSVP and details here.
  • Bread Baking Class (Kirk Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds)
    • Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
    • 6:30pm-8pm
    • RSVP and details here.

Interested and have questions about these workshops? Reach out to Nicole at nicole.speeding@colostate.edu or 720-733-6940.


Artistic Clothing

Are you into creating a clothing item that is special and unique? Do you like to take an item that you have bought and make it your own by creating a design on it? Then this is the project for you! In this project you will have the opportunity to create a clothing item that has your very own touch. You are encouraged to experiment with colors, textures, fabrics and yarns and turn your ideas and designs into unique garments!

Clothing Construction

Have you ever seen an outfit and wanted it in a different color or style that wasn’t available in the store? Or have you tried on an outfit and needed it hemmed to fit just right? Then the clothing construction project is what you are looking for. This project will teach you the basics such as sewing a shirt or putting a zipper on a pair of pants. The advanced units will teach you how to take a design of your choice and customize it for the perfect look, color and fit. So when your friends ask you where did you get that amazing outfit, you can say with pride, “I designed and constructed it myself ”.

Food and Nutrition

Are you hanging out in the kitchen ready for the first cookie to come out of the oven? Or do you like to help prepare a fresh garden salad? If you have a hankering for cooking or just like good food, then the Foods and Nutrition projects are for you. In these different units, you will have fun learning how to cook the basics and then advance to gourmet and international meals. You will learn the heritage of many foods as well as consumer buying skills to get the most from your money. In addition, you will also learn how to make healthy snacks and modify recipes to fit a healthy life style.

Heritage Arts

Do you like to learn about the past? Have you ever wondered how your grandmother crocheted that scarf for you or embroidered the pillowcase? Have you looked at a quilt on your grandmother’s bed and wondered how it was made? If you said yes to any of these questions, then this project is for you. Heritage Arts includes the practical skills passed down from proceeding generations that were developed to provide basic family needs, such as apparel, home furnishings, or decorations.

Home Environment

Do you like to decorate your room? When you walk into a room, do you know exactly what colors and what furniture would look great in that space? Do you like to experiment with colors and try different types of colors on your walls? Do you know what paint color or wallpaper would brighten a room? How do you create a feeling of coziness in a family room? Being an interior designer is all about making a house a home. The Home Environment project gives you an opportunity to examine space, both inside and out.


Family and Consumer Science Contests

Cake Decorating Contest

What: Members decorate a cake in the allotted time and are judged as they do so. Winners in each age group and event are eligible to compete at the Colorado State Fair contest. Member must be enrolled in a cake decorating project to participate.
When: Super Saturday!

4-H Super Saturday

Creative Cooks Contest

What: Members select a theme and prepare a menu, food, a table setting and an outfit around that theme (outfit optional). They use their knowledge of nutrition, meal planning, and food preparation in a creative way. Awards program follows the contest. Winners in each age group and event are eligible to compete at the Colorado State Fair contest. Any 4-H member can participate.
When: Super Saturday!

4-H Super Saturday

Demonstration/Speech Arts Contest

What: Opportunity for 4-H members to practice their public speaking skills through speeches, demonstrations and other activities. Individuals or teams can give demonstrations. Speeches are to be written by the 4-H member, and members can speak on any subject relating to 4-H. Use of visual aids is strongly recommended for demonstrations only. Older 4-H winners in horse relating speech arts and extemporaneous speeches are eligible to compete at the state contest held during the State 4-H Conference in June. Other demonstrations or illustrated talk winners are able to participate by age in the State Contest at the Colorado State Fair.
Who: All 4-H members, ages 5-18 years old
When: Super Saturday!

4-H Super Saturday

Fashion Revue County Contest

What: Members model garments and/or articles made in their 4-H projects. They participate in both Fashion Revue judging day and a public Fashion Revue. Winners are named in each age group. Two senior members are eligible to compete at the Colorado State Fair contest.
When: In July, prior to the Douglas County Fair
Where: To be announced in newsletter
Who: All members ages 5-18 in clothing, knitting, decorate your duds, crochet, and leathercraft projects that made or decorated articles to wear
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Interested in these Family and Consumer Sciences Projects? Reach out to Nicole Speeding at nicole.speeding@colostate.edu with any questions!