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 items were cushioned with bright yellow squiggles. Some items were also protected by plastic.
There’s a pamphlet that lists what’s inside the crate. This month, we’re celebrating the life of Marie Van Brittan Brown!
Meanwhile, these are pointers on how to be inventive!
Everything in the box!
Every box includes a booklet featuring information about this month’s heroine.
At the back of the booklet, there’s a little intro about Marie.
At Girls Can! Crate, we had never heard of Marie Van Brittan Brown but we all use some type of home security system everyday to feel safe. How exciting that this was created by a clever, driven woman. We now say a little thanks to her every time we turn on our alarms.
Marie likes inventing gadgets that can make her feel safe at home.
Marie built a system that allows her to see who is at their door without having to go to the front door and opening it. Thanks to her, we have house alarms at present!
My son loved reading the booklet!
The booklet also has a crossword puzzle for kids and, of course, it’s related to Marie’s story.
Another page discussed what electricity is all about!
One of the suggested activities in the booklet is making recycled ladybug lights! For this, the kids would need old lightbulbs, paint, pipe cleaners, glue, scissors, and wire or string from home.
Here, my son is answering some activities in the booklet!
The box includes a collectible button pin featuring the Inventive Electrical Engineer!
The box also included these DOTS from Lego. Kids can create and design their own bracelet using the charms in the packets!
Challenge #1: Static Electricity Snow Globe. The first challenge is about building a snow globe so kids can learn more about static electricity. Everything was explained clearly in the booklet so it’s easier for kids to follow.
Here are the materials provided in the crate: a set of paints, paint brush, Styrofoam, container, balloon, piece of paper, and some pieces of wood for the snowman.
My daughter started painting the snowman using the paintbrush and the white paint included in the kit.
My daughter said she would like the snowman’s hat to be yellow so she went away and painted it with the color yellow!
After painting, the next step is to glue the snowman at the cover of the container. Make sure it’s in the center part, on the back of the red container lid.
Ensure that the glue is completely dry so that the snowman will not fall off. Make sure to also put the Styrofoam bits inside before placing the cover back.
This is the finished product! My son is really happy and proud of his work.
I inflated the balloon because we are going to use it for this challenge. My son then proceeded to rub the balloon on his hair as said on the instructions.
Once that’s done, he put the balloon on top of the container. He also watched as the Styrofoam bits went up and stuck to where the balloon is located. This is amazing! It’s like it has a magnetic reaction.
When he lifted the balloon, this is what happened. The Styrofoam bits slowly fell back to the bottom!
My kids were really amazed with how this works. After the experiment, the snowglobe can be displayed as well.
It’s also a great way to teach kids about the concept of static electricity!
Challenge #2: Exploring Electricity. For the next challenge, kids will build their own circuit and test items around the house!
The kit provided everything needed for the activity including the “Rosie” probe, 2 cleaners, led, battery pack, and some copper tape.
The first step is to put together the 2 pipe cleaners, the battery pack, and the LED.
He is enjoying this activity as well!
The next step is to put together the assembled pipe cleaner with “Rosie” by using the copper tape provided.
This is what the finished product should look like. When you have this, it’s time to test it out!
To test, I took a glass of water and asked my son to dip “Rosie” in so we can see what will happen. He was super excited about it!
The LED light didn’t light up because water is not a conductor of electricity.
My son recorded the data he gathered on the electricity observation sheet!
Challenge #3: Design a Safety Flashlight. The last and final challenge is about making a safety flashlight.
The materials provided in the crate are a flashlight body, star top, red lanyard, white screw, and bolt. My kids also used the battery pack and the LED light from the previous challenge.
My son started by decorating the flashlight body and painting it in green.
Once the paint is dry, my son attached the LED and battery pack to the base of the flashlight then he positioned the star top and used the screw to keep it in place.
Here’s what the finished item looks like!
You will know if you did it correctly when the LED lights up!
I love that my kids were able to learn a lot of things in just one simple box!
Girls Can! Crate is a fun activity subscription for kids that focuses on women from different fields. It’s not limited to girls, because any kid can learn and get inspiration from the heroines. This month, the featured heroine is Marie Van Brittan Brown. She is a great inventor! In fact, her inventions are now used not only in homes but in business establishments as well. My kids really enjoyed all the activities in the booklet, from the snowglobe experiment to discovering conductive materials to making their own flashlight. They also loved reading the booklet, which is jampacked with information, inspiration, and extra activities. Overall, this is a great subscription for learning at home or simply for keeping kids busy!
Do you enjoy Girls Can Crate as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about this subscription?