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GIRLS CAN! Crate Review

You know those ah-mazing subscription boxes that have been coming out? Well, I got the opportunity to review one called Girls Can! Crate and wanted to share it with all of you! Below I will explain the kit, the activities, and a little about the company. And stay tuned till the very end because for everyone reading this blog post, you get a special offer at the end!

Our kit arrived in a a recyclable box with everything we are going to need to get started!
Our kit arrived in a a recyclable box with everything we are going to need to get started!

Girls Can! Crate is a subscription box that focuses on important women in history and includes activities for you to do with your child! They include EVERYTHING you need. Besides a pencil and water for the paint, which I always have on hand, I didn’t need to go out of my way to purchase or find anything. I will tell you about the company a little later but for now, I wanted to show you what we got in our box.

We got a box that had the women: Frida Kahlo, Lois Mailou Jones, and Mary Cassatt who were famous artists, in our kit. This was absolutely the perfect box for my 4-year old daughter as she is in love with anything that has to do with art. Here is a look at the inside of the kit we received:

Everything that came in our Girls Can! Crate Kit
Everything that came in our Girls Can! Crate Kit

Inside my box there was a welcome card that addressed the grown up and told about their mission, and the importance of empowering women and supporting girls. Next there was an Activity Book, which has the story part of each historical women, in addition to some activities. There are four art activities in this kit, which you could do one per week as an art history activity. Our four activities included stain glass, flower crown headband, learning about primary and secondary colors, and a self-portrait activity. I was really excited to get started on these, as was my daughter so she did one right away!

The first activity we did was the stained glass activity where we learned about about Lois Mailou Jones!

Cutting her 'glass' for her stained glass art piece.
Cutting her ‘glass’ for her stained glass art piece.

One of the things I like best about these activities was that, while my daughter did need some help with a few components, the activities were truly designed for kids to be able to do a lot on their own. Here she was able to practice her fine motor skills, learning about shapes, and creative thinking. Here are a few more of our lesson:

Putting together her stained glass.
Putting together her stained glass.
All Done!
All Done!

Our second lesson was learning about Frida Kahlo. This one was especially fun for my daughter because she enjoys playing make believe and dress up, so this had an extra special component for her.

Putting together her flower crown.
Putting together her flower crown.
As you can see, she loved it so much, she wore it around at co-op this day. She got a lot of compliments from both the high school kids and the moms!
As you can see, she loved it so much, she wore it around at co-op this day. She got a lot of compliments from both the high school kids and the moms!

The last painter we learned about was Marty Cassatt. We did a primary/secondary color mixing activity which was the perfect lesson leading into the final project.

Color mixing activity where we learned about primary and secondary colors.
Color mixing activity where we learned about primary and secondary colors. (See the baby toes? Lol)

The final project, and probably my daughter’s absolute favorite, was the self portrait painting. Again, Girls Can! Crate provided everything we needed from the paints, paintbrush, and even the canvas itself!

My daughter painting her self portrait.
My daughter painting her self portrait.

My Thoughts…

I will say that this crate is truly remarkable and I thoroughly enjoyed how thoughtful and well laid out the kit was. It provided me with my initial tools in the ‘tool kit’ which contained scissors and markers, which I get to keep for future kits. They provide this in your first kit as almost all the activities will need either or both of these items. Everything was clearly labeled, and I did not have to go searching for items as each activity was neatly packed in its own bag. I felt all of the activities were most certainly appropriate for their suggested age of 4-8 but, I feel that if you had an advanced 3 year old it would work for them as well as older kids if you chose to do extension activities. I also wanted to point out that while this is geared mainly towards girls, I think that boys would absolutely get so much out of this kit as well!

Another great thing about this kit is that it comes with four activities. As a homeschool mom, that could mean that my kids are doing an art history enrichment lesson once a week…and the best part is that it’s already prepped. The written material is already there, the hands on activity materials are already there, and it can easily be taught to multiple ages and both genders to make your life even easier!

About the Company

The company was founded by four women who wanted to inspire young girls and empower them. From their site:

“Our GIRLS CAN! CRATES are thoughtfully designed by experts in order to encourage a love of science, math, engineering, and technology, foster creativity, self-expression and curiosity, and support literacy development. Even more important, though, our GIRLS CAN! CRATES are designed to empower girls to grow more fearless, just and loving!”

In addition, Girls Can! Crate donates 10% of all proceeds towards nonprofit organizations that work to empower girls. When you go to check out with your subscription choice you get the option to choose from 3 nonprofits: GEMS, Days for Girls International, and SheHeros. You can read more about them here.

I also want to mention…they do everything in house. They do all their planning, writing, testing, putting the kits together, EVERYTHING in house. So each box is truly put together with love and perseverance. How amazing is that?!

Here’s your treat!

I know this was a bit long but I just had to show you all the fun pictures I took of my kit and us doing the activities. I wanted to point out that this would make an excellent gift…Valentines’ Day, Easter, and Birthdays are all coming up and I don’t know about you, but I am done and over with the Christmas crazy of toys! This would be an incredible gift for these special occasions! You can access the subscription options here, they start at 25.95 and have several options for you to choose from. Girls Can! Crate was generous to give us a 20% off coupon code, towards your first crate of any subscription! Just enter DOMTEACHER20 to get your savings…but hurry because it’s only good for 30 days!!!

Have any of you tried a Girls Can! Crate before? What did you enjoy most? I want to hear all about it!

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