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 $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 our May 2021 Girls Can! Crate!
Everything was shipped in a bright red box with the Girls Can! Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
May’s featured “fearless woman” was American civil rights leader, poet, and author — Maya Angelou. 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 children learn to be empathetic, inclusive, and an advocate for equality just like Maya.
A 20-page, full color activity book included the story of Maya Angelou and how she used the power of her words to fight for equality. It also included puzzles, games, experiments, and more. All of the activity instructions were printed in the booklet as well.
Challenge #1: Design a Poetry Journal
The first activity had us designing a poetry journal to hold poems, thoughts, stories, and more. Materials included a preprinted journal booklet, a sheet of colorful stickers, embroidery string, a brad, and a pencil.
We began by “punching” the included metal brad through the black dot on the front of the journal and spreading it open to secure it in place.
We then cut a 24-inch piece of string and tied it around the brad.
Now we had a journal that could be held closed by simply wrapping the string around it and looping it around the brad in front.
The last step was to decorate it using the provided sheet of stickers.
All done! 🙂
Challenge #2: Dream Birds
The second activity had us first reading Maya Angelou’s famous “Caged Bird” poem and then creating a dream bird mobile to remind us of her words. Materials included 2 wooden arches, embroidery thread, origami paper, and a pencil.
To create the mobile, we needed to make 8 origami birds using the colorful paper squares provided in this month’s box. — We began by folding the square into a triangle shape.
Next, we folded one of the sides down about 3/4 inch from the center crease.
The entire thing was then folded in half once again, assuring that the two small holes were lined up.
We then folded each of the “sides” down to create the bird’s wings.
Finally, we created the bird’s beak by folding down a small triangle on the front corner.
The process was repeated over and over until we had completed 10 origami birds. (Only 8 were actually needed for the project.)
Now it was time to construct the mobile itself. We started by measuring 4 pieces of string — 2 30-inch pieces and 2 24-inch pieces.
The strings were to be thread through the small holes on both of the included wooden arches.
When all of the strings were in place, we secured a bird to each end using a simple knot.
After both of the arches were given their 4 birds, they (the arches) were secured together using additional string.
…And the mobile was complete! — The photos above shows it hanging in a corner of the girls’ bedroom. It turned out so cute! 😀
Challenge #3: Rainbow Friendship Bracelets
The final activity had us creating rainbow friendship bracelets to give to others who could use a little encouragement. Materials included embroidery thread and three encouragement cards.
No photos of this project, as we’re saving this to do in a couple weeks once school is out. I’m hoping the girls will fall in love with bracelet making and want to make them all summer. — Anything to get them away from those screens! 😉
Once all of the activities were complete, we had officially earned our Maya Angelou collectible button.
The May 2021 Girls Can! Crate box was definitely a hit with my kiddos. They both love writing, so they enjoyed hearing about Maya Angelou and how she learned just how powerful words can be. The mobile was fun to make and looks cute hanging in their bedroom. Fingers crossed that the bracelets end up being a hit too! 🙂 — Remember for a limited time, you can save 20% on your first month with coupon code “WELCOME20“!
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