Girls Can Crate is a monthly subscription for children between 4 and 8 years of age that promotes the idea that girls can do whatever they set their minds to. Each month features a different female pioneer whose story inspires girls to achieve. Each box includes a 20-page activity book that includes the heroine’s story, 2-3 STEAM activities, and creative play props. Boxes cost $29.95 each month with themes that celebrate female pioneers from diverse backgrounds, but the activities themselves are usually gender neutral.
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This month celebrated the lives of the Apache 8 Firefighters.
The box is full, and the items are protected by yellow squiggles.
There’s a pamphlet that lists what’s inside the crate.
Meanwhile, these are pointers for parents on how to help kids grow gutsy!
Everything in the box!
The Apache 8 is an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years.
When wildfires threaten their land, this elite group of firefighters is called to put out the flames and save Arizona and the forests of the United States.
When the Apache 8 crew began on the Apache Reservation, there weren’t many jobs available to women. And before women could be hired on a crew, the tribal council had to approve them.
The booklet takes us to the lives of the gutsy women firefighters, and how capable are they to do their job!
The booklet also included some fun activities that we can all try, like these campfire snacks and a crossword puzzle!
There’s another activity where kids can learn about the fire safety recommendations by completing the sentences and supplying them the right words. The other discusses how fire exists and grows!
There’s even an experiment that we can do, the Heat Rises Experiment. The next pages talk about each member of the crew, as we delve deeper into their stories.
Here’s another activity where the kids need to spot the difference between two pictures.
A word of from one of the gutsy ladies of the Apache 8, Katy Aday, talking about how capable and brave the crew is:
You never knew what you were going to face, you were with a bunch of women that could handle anything.
The pin has an elaborate and detailed design. It features the members of the Apache 8 crew.
The kids can also learn how to easily draw a fire truck by copying the same images in each square. The following page has the first activity that the kids can do, which is exploring fire.
To do the activity, you will need some tea candles, a pipette, plastic jars, and fire extinguisher activator which consisted of baking soda and citric acid.
For this activity, adult supervision is needed, especially when lighting up the candles. All the candles will eventually go out and the kids will learn why. The second part of the activity will let them know how firefighters fight a fire.
Here, my daughter performs the first part of the activity. Using a pipette, she dropped water on one of the candles.
Here, she’s putting out the fire using the fire extinguisher activator. It was so amazing to see the candle extinguish when hit with a puff of carbon dioxide!
The next activity is creating a fire whirl using tube connector, bottles, and a dye tablet.
Here we got two bottles with a blue connector and tablet, which were all provided by the box. All we need to get from home is water!
After connecting the bottles and flipping them, she saw that the water does not flow easily to the empty bottle since it is full of air. After adding the dye and swirling it, a tornado-like vortex appears, it is clearly seen as the water is already colored, and the water moves more quickly.
The third activity is making a “safe” campfire!
For this activity, the kids will need brown felt, cardboard circle, tissue paper, tacky glue, plastic cup, marker, battery operated candle, and scissors.
To do the “safe” campfire, we need to follow the steps in doing a pretend play campfire. The instructions are easy and clear, and the activity actually needs minimal adult supervision, just a little help with cutting out the tacky glue off.
The rest of the steps can be done by the kids themselves, like rolling this brown felt to make the wood logs.
Connecting the wood logs makes your fire’s fuel.
To make the “fire”, cover the plastic cup with tissue paper.
Here’s the finished campfire! You can place the battery-operated candle inside the cup.
We dimmed the lights and light up the candle inside the cup. As it illuminates the inside of the cup, the light is being reflected on the attached tissue paper, making it look like burning fire.
Being a firefighter is a courageous choice, as you are saving not only the people but also the environment. In this case of the Apache 8 crew, they’re saving the forests of the United States, which are easily affected by wildfires. I am really glad that this box features these heroes as my kids will learn that these ladies are risking their lives in the name of duty. My daughter also enjoyed every activity from this box, she learned a lot about fire, how it exists and grows, and how to make a fire extinguisher and exterminate fire by using it. This is a great box to celebrate women who contributed a lot to the society, and the kids can look up to them, or even make them inspirations as they grow up and fulfill their dreams.
Do you enjoy Girls Can Crate as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about this subscription?