Girls Can! Crate is a monthly subscription box that inspires girls ages 5-10 to believe they can be and do anything by introducing them to fearless women who made the world better.
Each box will include a 20-page activity book telling the featured woman’s unique story (as well as games, experiments, & more), 2-3 hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities related to her field, a creative play prop, a featured character trait that helped her succeed and 2-3 practical tips for parents to easily foster that trait, and more. The boxes are designed to encourage a love for STEAM, to foster creativity, curiosity, and support literacy development. With every box purchased, Girls Can! Crate donates 10% of the proceeds to nonprofit organizations working to empower women and girls.
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Subscriptions are $29.95/month or less with multi-month commitments. Shipping is free within the US. — For a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!
Let’s see what’s in my April 2020 Girls Can! Crate!
Everything was shipped in a bright red box with the Girls Can! Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
April’s featured “fearless woman” was Althea Gibson — the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam title in tennis. An information card listed all of the activities in the crate and the order in which they should be completed. The reverse side included tips for parents on how to help their own children to be more athletic like Althea.
A 20-page, full color activity book included the story of Althea Gibson and how she used her love of tennis to break the racial barriers that once existed in the sport. It also included puzzles, games, experiments, and more. All of the activity instructions were printed in the booklet as well.
Challenge #1: Play Tennis
The first activity had us setting up our own table tennis game. Materials included 2 rackets, a net, 2 metal net holders/clamps, 3 ping pong balls, black cord, net edges, and glue dots.
First, we had to spread the net across our table and cut it to the length needed to reach end-to-end (the width of the table). Once cut, we attached the paper “net edges” above using the provided glue dots.
The rest of the steps involved clamping the net to the table using the metal net holders, which was my husband’s job. 😉
Once the net was secured, it was time to play! I didn’t get many photos due to all the running around, but I can assure you it was a good time. 🙂 Also, using an antique dining room table (that I kind of hate anyway) probably isn’t the wisest way to go. We were planning on moving and getting all new furniture (finally!) this spring, but ya know… Corona. 🙁
Challenge #2: Design Sweatbands
The second activity was to design our own sweatbands. Materials included 1 headband, 2 wristbands, and felt stick-on shapes.
This activity was pretty straight-forward. Simply remove the backing off of each felt shape and stick onto the headband/wrist bands.
Challenge #3: Memory Science
The third activity was an experiment to see if you notice a difference in your memory after exercising. Materials included a memory cards envelope with memory cards and recording sheets.
The first step was to remove Memory Card #1 from the envelope, set a timer for 45 seconds, and have someone study all of the objects on the card until the timer goes off.
Once the timer ends, the person was to write down all of the objects that they recall seeing on the card.
My daughter was able to correctly remember 11 out of 20.
The second step was to be completed after exercising/being active for 30-60 minutes. (We didn’t do this part yet.) It was to be done the same way as above, but with Memory Card #2. The belief is that exercise impacts your memory, so this experiment was intended to prove (or disprove?) that theory.
Once all of the activities were complete, we had officially earned our Althea Gibson collectible button.
April’s Girls Can! Crate offered a nice break from our regular (monotonous) quarantine routine. It was fun to turn our lame old dining room table into a venue for some serious table tennis action! 😉 — Remember for a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!