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.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
Subscriptions are $34.95/month or less with multi-month commitments. Shipping is free within the US. (They also offer a “mini mailer” for $18.50/month.) — For a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!
Let’s see what’s in our December 2021 Girls Can! Crate!
Everything was shipped in a bright red box with the Girls Can! Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
December’s featured “fearless woman” was actually a trio of women — painters Frida Kahlo, Loïs Mailou Jones, and Mary Cassatt. 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 to help their children learn to persevere through challenges, just like the three featured painters.
A 20-page, full color activity book included information about each of the three painters and the hurdles that they overcame in becoming artists. It also included puzzles, games, experiments, and more. All of the activity instructions were printed in the booklet as well.
Challenge #1: Color Mixing and Self Portraits
The first activity had us start by exploring color by mixing different paints and then painting self portraits. Materials included a set of 6 paint tubes, 2 paintbrushes, a plastic palette, a color mixing chart, and two sheets of acrylic paper.
My daughter started by using her hand to determine the approximate size her head should be. She made a small dot at the top of her middle finger and at the bottom of her wrist and connected them in an oval shape. She then drew faint lines vertically and horizontally inside of her face to determine the placement of her eyes.
Once she was happy with her sketch, she began mixing paint colors to match her skin tone. She used a combination of red and yellow to make orange, then added white until it was the desired shade.
She enjoyed mixing the paints to make her own custom colors.
Portrait complete! — For some reason she insisted on not including a nose. 😉
Challenge #2: Stained Glass
The second activity involved making our own version of stained glass. Materials included 2 stained glass frames, 3 cello sheets, and string.
The first step was to remove the backing from one of the black frames to reveal the sticky layer beneath. Once exposed, she began layering pieces of cello over the open sections.
Her favorite color combination was to layer the blue cello over the red to create a pretty purple shade.
Once all filled in, she peeled the backing from the second frame and carefully placed it on top of the other to secure everything in place.
The trickiest part was making sure the two small holes on top lined up perfectly.
Once complete, we added the string for hanging. We’re unsure exactly where to hang it, so for now it’s propped up in our dining room window. 🙂
Challenge #3: Make a Flower Crown
The last activity was to create a flower crown to resemble Frida Kahlo’s signature look. Materials included a plastic headband, metal brads, tissue paper circles, and 10 glue dots.
For each flower, we needed to first choose 6 tissue paper circles and put them in a stack.
Next, we pushed a metal brad through the center and spread it open to connect all of the circles.
Once secured, each layer needed to be scrunched up around the brad as if trying to conceal it.
Once sufficiently scrunched, the flower was complete!
This process was repeated until we had six colorful flowers. We then used the provided glue dots to attach them to the plastic headband.
The end result was absolutely gorgeous!
I thought my daughter did an awesome job choosing the color combinations and it turned out amazing. 😀
With all of the activities complete, we had officially earned our Persevering Painters collectible button.
The December 2021 Girls Can! Crate box was one of our favorites. My daughters love anything having to do with art, so these projects were especially fun for them to complete. Plus, the end results looked fabulous! 😉 — Remember for a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!