As the mother of two young girls, I can vouch for the importance of teaching girls that they can do anything and be anything they want. Oftentimes, girls are put into a mold that they can only have certain careers because of their gender. This can lower self-esteem and impact a young girl’s future.
The GIRLS CAN! Crate monthly subscription boxes aim to squash those stereotypes by inspiring and educating girls about the various careers right at their fingertips. Each box introduces girls to fearless women who were real game-changers in their fields. By telling each woman’s story and providing activities, young girls learn that they can follow in these role models’ footsteps.
Here is our GIRLS CAN! Crate review.
Putting the Crate to the Test
My girls recently had the opportunity to try out “The Creative Chef” crate that focuses on the life and work of Julia Child. It comes with a book that tells her story as well as several activities. Since Child spent a lot of time in the kitchen, there is a section about measurements and math to help girls better understand this subject. There is also a recipe, apron, and tools needed for some cool surprises we discovered inside the book.
At first glance, you may think that this set is all about cooking since it does focus on a world-renowned chef. But, think again. As we flipped through the book, we discovered a section on kitchen chemistry. The book explains how chefs use chemistry every day to change the consistency of ingredients.
As a parent, I thought this was a clever way to incorporate science into the kit. All of the needed tools are included and there are step-by-step instructions to follow. My girls followed the chemistry instructions to explore acids and bases with color-changing drinks. This was a very cool experiment that taught a valuable lesson in the end.
While these crates are made for ages 5-10, I think that this section is more for the older kids because some of the instructions were a little difficult to follow. Older kids may have to ask a question or two but should have no problem following the instructions to see the experiment through.
There is also a section that lets kids explore kitchen chemistry with slime. We’re saving that one for a rainy day! But, the instructions for this one are easy to follow, even for the little ones. Parents will just need to help out a bit to get a bowl out of the microwave.
The good part about all of these experiments is that there is a short explainer at the end so that girls can understand what they just did and why it happened. This can help to spark their curiosity as well as a future interest in science or math.
Besides the cool experiments, the book also includes a challenge to stamp different foods with the paint and apron provided. This is fun for all ages (even adults), because who doesn’t like to play with food?
For this part, kids simply dip fruit or vegetable in paint to use them as stamps on the apron. You can use whatever you have handy in the kitchen. We chose some potatoes and peppers. Kids can even just paint around the stamps to create their masterpiece. As long as their creativity is at play, the sky’s the limit!
The GIRLS CAN! Crates are tools that both teach and inspire girls in fun and interesting ways. Since each monthly box focuses on a woman in a different career, girls have the opportunity to learn about women from all walks of life so that they can choose their own paths.