Girls Can! Crate is a monthly subscription box “to inspire girls to believe they can be and do anything by introducing fearless women who made the world better.” Each box will include an activity booklet, a collectible button, and materials for different hands-on activities and experiments inspired by an amazing woman from history.
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It has been a while since we reviewed this box on MSA and because I have my own fearless little lady in my life, I thought it would be a perfect fit for us! I was excited to see what my daughter would think. This little card welcomes us to the box since it is technically our first.
We also received this tote with several circles perfect for adding our collectible button to each month. Subscribers should receive this in their first shipment! Now, let's get on to this month's box!
What's Inside a Girls Can! Crate
This card introduces us to our fearless woman this month, Irene Uchida. I have to admit, this is a name I am not familiar with, which actually made me even happier that we received this box. I love learning about new (to me) figures in history! This card also tells us what we can expect to find in our crate and it has a little guide for the grown-ups.
This is our collectible button for this month. It has an illustration of Irene Uchida along with her name and what she was known for.
This activity booklet was quite thorough! We began with a story introducing us to Irene and telling us about her life and what led her to become a cytogeneticist. Then we learned all about cells and DNA through some educational activities. Lastly, we got to our Challenge activities! This booklet was incredibly thorough and I was impressed with how engaging and informative the activities were. I may have learned a bit myself!
These were the materials we needed to complete our two challenges; some colorful Twizzlers, rubbing alcohol, toothpicks, iodized salt, a metal rod, and a few other things.
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We also received this bag of strawberry fruit crisps to use for one of our experiments, and my daughter may have enjoyed the leftovers as a snack.
Our first challenge was to extract some DNA from our strawberries. We crushed them up and then added some water to them. Then we added a mixture of salt and dish soap to help extract the DNA.
We were able to see the DNA floating at the top of our mixture and they provided this little centrifuge necklace for us to keep it in to show off our extraction!
Then we gargled some salt water and extracted some of our own DNA to check out!
The second challenge was really fun. My daughter used the ruler in the book to measure and cut the Twizzlers into pieces to form a double helix.
Once she finished the outside, she added the sequences to the center and added an endcap before giving it a twist to really mimic a double helix.
This was such a cute little model and it had a sticker at the top to tell us what each piece represented. Definitely a great hands-on activity that made the concept easier to understand!
Challenge #3: Bonus Activity
Our last item and activity was this questionnaire to fill out.
We had a great time filling it out and answering the questions together. She was drawn to this right away so it was a great segway into our DNA discussion!
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $34.95 + free shipping
I thought this Girls Can! Crate was pretty cool! We received materials for two hands-on experiments, a bonus questionnaire activity, and a thorough activity booklet as well as a collectible pin. Since it was so educational and we had a great experience with this box, I would consider it worth it! This may vary from month to month, but this box was definitely a winner for us!
We learned so much from this box and I loved the way the material was presented! My daughter really enjoyed the activities and the subject matter was interesting to her as well. I love how inspiring this whole box was!
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To Wrap Up:
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The ordering window is from the 16th of one month to the 15th of the next (so, all orders placed between the 16th-31st are for the next month). All crates and mini mailers ship on or around the 18th of the month.
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