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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Let’s see what’s in my March 2020 Girls Can! Crate!
Everything was shipped in a bright red box with the Girls Can! Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
March’s featured “fearless woman” was Juliette Gordon Low — the woman who founded the Girl Scouts of the United States way back in 1912. 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 trailblazers just like Juliette.
A 20-page, full color activity book included the story of Juliette Gordon Low and her awesome accomplishments. It also included puzzles, games, experiments, and more. All of the activity instructions were printed in the booklet as well.
Activity #1: Exploring Outdoors
The first activity had us exploring the outdoors by making a birdfeeder and then going on a nature walk/hunt to collect treasures. Materials for the feeder included a cardboard tube, ribbon, a small tub of sunflower butter, and a bag of birdseed. Included for the nature hunt/walk was a plastic collection box, nature journal, and plastic magnifying glass.
The first project was something my girls were already familiar with, as they made the same thing with their actual Girl Scout troop at their last meeting before Corona shut everything down. In keeping with the theme — and since the rest of their meetings are probably done for the year 🙁 — the girls wore their Brownie vests while completing this activity. The first step was to spread the sunflower butter all over the cardboard tube, leaving space at the ends for handling.
Once the tube was coated, we emptied the packet of birdseed onto a paper plate and rolled the tube over it until it was completely covered.
We then slid the yellow ribbon through the tube and tied the ends into a knot for hanging.
Finally, it was time to hang it outside for the birds! (Don’t mind their crazy “quarantine hair”. 😉 )
Come n’ get it, bird friends!
For the outdoor adventure part of the activity, we decided to go on a nature scavenger hunt.
I found a checklist on Pinterest and we headed out on a walk around the neighborhood.
We didn’t collect everything on their list (some things we just checked off once we spotted them), but they loved putting a few “treasures” into their collection box.
Once home, they filled in part of the nature journal and saved the rest for our next adventure.
Activity #2: Explore Knot Tying with a Survival Bracelet
The second activity had us creating a paracord survival bracelet using square knots. Materials included rainbow paracord, a buckle, paracord holder, and two brads.
The first step was to fold the paracord in half and slide the folded loop through one side of the connected buckle. This was trickier than I was expecting, as the loop was pretty thick. It somehow managed to squeeze its way in there though.
Next, we pulled the loose ends through the loop and pulled them tight against the buckle and then slid them through the other end.
After forming the shape of the bracelet, one of the girls slid it on her wrist so we could measure the needed length.
We marked the cord with red sharpie to save the measurement.
…and that’s sadly as far as we got. I felt a bit overwhelmed looking at the remaining steps and given everything that’s going on (see: homeschooling!), I just didn’t have the patience to figure it out.
Thankfully the girls didn’t mind and were happy to move onto the games in the activity book. 🙂
Once all of the activities were complete, we had officially earned our Juliette Gordon Low collectible button.
Although the bracelet was a bit too challenging for us, March’s Girls Can! Crate was still one of our favorites considering the featured woman/topic. Since my little Brownies are bummed about not being able to attend their regular Girl Scout meetings, this was a nice surprise. I definitely see more nature scavenger hunts in our future! 🙂 — Remember for a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!