Girls Can! Crate is a monthly subscription box that inspires girls ages 4-8 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.
Let’s see what’s in my Girls Can! Crate “Florence Nightingale” box!
Everything was shipped in a bright red box with the Girls Can! Crate logo on top.
A peek inside!
Tool Kit – When you subscribe, your first box will include a “Tool Kit” that consists of a welcome note from the Girls Can! Crate founders, a pack of Crayola washable markers, and a pair of kid’s size scissors. These items can utilized for this crate and future shipments as well.
The featured “fearless woman” was Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. An information card listed all of the items in the crate and the order in which they should be completed. The reverse side included tips for parents on how to foster Nightingale’s attributes in their own children.
Activity Book – A 20-page, full color activity book included a short kid-friendly biography on Nightingale, a look at other female medical pioneers, an introduction to the major organs of the body, a medical-themed word search, and more.
Activity #1: Grow Your Own Bacteria – The first activity was to grow your own colonies of bacteria to help understand why it’s so important to wash our hands in order to lessen the chance of getting sick. The project could take up to a week to complete (those germs need some time to grow) and aside from the water, all of the materials needed were provided in the kit. The process involved making a mixture with boiling water and nutrient agar, filling petri dishes with said mixture, collecting bacteria from surfaces in your home, placing the bacteria on the agar, and watching for growth. An observation sheet was included to record your findings, as well as a handy guide to different types of bacteria.
Activity #2: Make Your Own Stethoscope – Next up was a DIY stethoscope. Following the instructions provided, this important medical tool can be made using two funnels, a balloon, some tape, and a thin piece of tubing. Pretty neat!
Activity #3: Make Your Own Body Map – To help your child learn more about their organs and where they’re located, you were to have them lay down on the large roll (sheet) of paper provided and make an outline of their entire body. Next, have them refer to the portion of the activity book on organs while they glue the labeled paper ones in the correct spots on their drawing.
Medical Props – Also included were a few medical props for pretend play. — A pair of doctor’s gloves, a roll of gauze, a tongue depressor, face mask, and syringe.
Collectible Card – Every box also comes with a collectible card featuring even more facts about that month’s inspirational woman, as well as a spot for your child to reflect on how they’ve demonstrated some of the same particular traits/actions.
I love the whole concept of Girls Can! Crate and the execution is really well done! It’s clear that a lot of thought & planning goes into the creation of this box and that’s awesome to see. Although my girls are within the targeted age range (they’re 4), I decided to wait at least another year to have them delve into these activities. I think they’re a little too into Peppa Pig and playing dress up right now to be “bothered” with learning about bacteria growth and organ identification. 😉 Overall though, a great subscription for inspiring girls and encouraging them to follow whatever path life takes them on. 🙂
Girls Can! Crate Review - Florence Nightingale
A well thought out subscription box with an admirable mission. I was impressed by how much work clearly went into all of the materials and activities… Very well done! 🙂