Reviewed by Hayley McLaren
I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to review the Gibson rebel girls 100 piece jigsaw puzzle. My six year old daughter has owned the Rebel girls story book for a couple of years and regularly chooses it for her bedtime stories, so when presented with the puzzle it was a design she instantly recognised. The book is illustrated with portraits of the women covered in different styles and the design of the puzzle features 15 of these pictures broken into 5 categories across the picture. The ‘Leaders’ category features Empress Jingu, Elizabeth I and Evita Peron. ‘Creators’ features Frida Kahlo, Maria Callas, and Milo Castro Zaldarriaga. ‘Warriors’ features Helen Keller, Irena Semele Rowa and Harriet Tubman. ‘Champions’ features Alfonisa Strata, Florence Chadwick and Madame Saqui, finally ‘Pioneers’ features Amelia Earhart, Ada Lovelace and Florence nightingale. My daughter was overjoyed to discover that two of her favourite women from the stories (Amelia Earhart and Frida Kahlo!) were on the puzzle, although she was not impressed to see that the Williams sisters were not in the champions box! The design led to us talking about the women featured in terms of how they fit into their categories and which other women from the book could have been there as well. We also noticed women who we had never really noticed in the book, for example Evita Perón and it led to us reading her story at bedtime.
The puzzle itself was lovely quality. The pieces were small enough to be challenging but large enough that little hands could manage easily and my 6 year old was able to complete it independently with encouragement from me. The finished design is quite lovely and with a mix of colours and eye catching portraits. I love that the women’s names are included. The puzzle is 100 pieces and although there was no suggested age category on the box I think this would be suitable from age 4+ albeit with a younger child more help may be needed. The box carries the warning that this is not suitable for ages 0-3 due to small parts. The box shows the full design of the puzzle on the back so that you can use it as a guide during construction.
This puzzle would be a lovely gift. If your child does not own the book then this puzzle will certainly pique their interest in learning more about these women- and probably your interest as well. It is lovely as a stand alone item and would prompt conversations about who these women are and what they achieved. But I do think it really makes a lovely accompaniment to the book too.
Gibson toys have created a puzzle here that provides play opportunities on several levels. Completing the puzzle itself and exploring the lives of these women. For young girls and boys learning about influential women throughout history can challenge their expectations and beliefs about what women can and do achieve. I would buy this puzzle again as gifts for children and would buy more puzzles with other designs from Gibson knowing that they would be a quality item.
This product can be purchased from the Gibson Games website here.