Girls Can Crate is a monthly subscription for children between 5 and 10 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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The box is always full of fun stuff and activities.
The items were cushioned with bright yellow squiggles.
Some items were also protected by plastic and bubble wraps.
There’s a pamphlet that lists what’s inside the crate. This month, we’re celebrating the life of Ella Fitzgerald!
Meanwhile, these are pointers for parents on how to help kids become determined.
The flip side of the card has a note from the Girls Can! Crate founders.
Everything in the box!
As always, the box included a booklet featuring information about this month’s heroine.
At the back of the booklet is a quote from this month’s heroine:
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
They also indicated that a portion of the proceeds from every GIRLS CAN! Crate sale helps support non-profit organizations working to empower girls.
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, or popularly known as Ella Fitzgerald, was an American Jazz singer, referred to as “First Lady of Song”, and “the Queen of Jazz”. But before being popular, her younger years were not so pleasant, and as a teenager, she was homeless and would sing to earn money for food, shelter, and music lessons.
She made her most important debut at 17 in one of the earliest Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater. She first wanted to dance but the local dance duo called the Edward Sisters intimidated her so she sang instead. She sang the songs “Judy” and “The Object of My Affection” and won first prize! She also won a chance to perform at the Apollo for a week, but because of her unkempt appearance, the theater never gave her that part of her prize.
She also won the chance to perform with the Tiny Bradshaw band at the Harlem Opera House where she was introduced to the Chick Webb band and joined the orchestra. When Webb died, Ella took her part as the bandleader and renamed it Ella and Her Famous Orchestra.
Ella Fitzgerald is known as one of the most accomplished musicians ever. She won fourteen Grammys, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom!
There are lots of fun activities in the booklet like a fill-in-the-blanks activity related to Ella’s life and a puzzle that features Ella Fitzgerald’s songs!
The booklet also features a recipe for the Sweet Microphone!
Here’s another fun activity, where you have to connect the dots to create a musical instrument. The other page has a feature about the ear, the part of our body we use to hear sounds and of course, beautiful music!
The booklet also suggests some beautiful music that we can listen to, including songs by this month’s heroine. The next page features a fun word finding activity!
Another on-page game includes a picture, where you need to find some hidden objects. The next page includes notes so that we can count beats!
My daughter started counting beats and filled out the activity page!
This month’s pin, of course, features the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald!
They also included an Eco bag that features the Girls Can! Crate character and logo!
Real women make the best heroes! See what you can be…
It’s a spacious bag to put and keep everything that we got from the box.
The pins that we got from this box and the previous boxes look great attached to this bag!
Activity #1: Sound Wave Dancer. For the first activity, we made a sound wave dancer using the materials provided in the crate!
Every step is explained thoroughly so we didn’t have any problems with it!
Here are the materials: tube, balloon, sticker, dancer card (reminds us of paper dolls!), and game stand.
First, my daughter colored the paper doll and then cut it out on the dotted lines. She also put the paper doll on the game stand. After that, she applied the sticker on one end of the tube, and the balloon on the other end.
We tried making the “dance” by pointing the sticker end on her and tapping the other side where the balloon is. We tried different speed and it’s fun seeing the paper doll dance with the sound wave!
Activity #2: Make Instrtuments. For the second activity, we made three musical instruments!
The first instrument is the harmonica. For this, we used wood craft sticks, an orange rubber band, red rubber bands, sticky foam square, stickers, and from home, a pair of scissors.
Making the harmonica is easy! My daughter just stacked the wood craft sticks with the orange rubber band in the middle.
She also decorated the harmonica using the shape stickers, and a “Girls Rock!” sticker placed at the center!
The second and third instruments are bell shaker and guitar!
For the bells shaker, we used the wood dowel, wood cap, ribbon, bells, and stickers.
First, my daughter attached the wood dowel to the wood cap. Then she slid the bells on the ribbon before wrapping it around on the dowel’s end where the cap is.
She added another sticker that says “Girls Rock!” on the other side of the dowel, the one without anything on it, which will also serve as the instruments handle.
Here’s the end where she tied the ribbon with the bells on. This side will create nice bell sounds!
She also added some shape stickers on the length of the wood dowel. The instrument looks like a baton!
For the guitar, we used the guitar cutout, rubber bands, wood pieces, sticky strip, strap, stickers, and a pair of scissors.
The first step is to pop out the wood pieces, then attach sticky strips on both. After that, my daughter stuck the smaller piece just below the big hole on the guitar, then stuck the long one on top of it. Then, she stretched the rubber bands on the guitar and aligned them on the slots on the top and bottom part of the guitar and made sure that they are secured.
She also attached the strap on the guitar using the red string that was provided. For the final step, she added some shape stickers to make the guitar look cooler!
The strings look perfect!
There are also suggested experiments included in the box, so we can explore more about the Science of Music!
Through the experiment, we learned how each of the instruments work. There’s even a space provided where you can plan out your own jazzy song!
Lastyly, we received a mini microphone for our singer!
My daughter had tons of fun doing all the activities from the box!
Ella Fitzgerald is really an inspiration for anyone who wants to pursue a musical career in the future. My daughter enjoyed the on-page activities and projects, as well as learning about the Queen of Jazz’s life story. She found inspiration from Ella’s experiences, from the time Ella had nothing until she reached her dreams and became one of the most accomplished musicians ever. My daughter also loved making the instruments and playing with her siblings with them too! Girls Can Crate is such an amazing box that empowers kids and also makes a great bonding time for families!
Do you enjoy Girls Can Crate as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about this subscription?