3 records in the Guinness World Records
- 2017 - Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles - 1047 puzzles assembled
- 2012 - Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles - 502 puzzles
- 2010 - Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles - 238 puzzles
Luiza Figueiredo is originally from São Paulo city. However her whole family is from the city of Rio de Janeiro and during her childhood she would spend her vacation time in the town of Nova Friburgo – country side of Rio de Janeiro. Her family has always carried as a hobby solving puzzles. Luiza was given her first puzzle when she was seven years old, and since then she would request her family, friends and everyone she knew that was aware of her passion for puzzles, that they be her present on special occasions.
That is how the collection first started, “I never planned to be a collector or a record holder, but I always wanted another puzzle. It didn’t matter if it was used, as long as for me it was a new challenge! I love solving puzzles, it’s a great form of therapy which brings me happiness and satisfaction” says the record holder.
Luiza’s main objective now is to showcase her collection, and spark the interest in people of all ages for puzzles.
"Dream Room, where all mounted puzzles are exposed"
John Spilsbury, a cartographer, was the inventor of the puzzle, he created a map on wood and cut the countries at their edges. The outcome was an educational game that served to help children learn geography.
His idea was so successful that in 1820 puzzles were already one of the main educational games, and it wasn’t long until it became an interesting activity for all ages.
Between the years of 1920 and 1930 the puzzles reached their peak, when several factories all around the globe started manufacturing and selling this game which was now made of cardboard.
Several different types of puzzles were invented since then: the simple ones, the very difficult ones and even the almost impossible ones. In all of their variations, we can now find puzzles that are round, local, panoramic (both horizontal and vertical), cubed, rectangles and the amazing 3D which an incredible variety of forms – from buildings to objects such as vases, spheres and lightings.
According to scientists from University of Chicago in the United States, solving puzzles between the ages of 2-4 does in fact help the child develop special and mathematical related skills – which are of great benefit for their adult lives. Children that played with puzzles are able to project forms with more ease when they are adults.
This skill is an indicator of the tendency of achieving good grades at school, specially in subjects related to sciences, technology, engineering and math in their adult lives. According to Developmental Science magazine, the language around spacial concepts that parents use with children can also influence the development of these cognitive skills.
A study from Archives of Neurology reveals that people that solve jigsaw puzzles and regular puzzles can present deficiencies of the beta-amilóide protein in their brains. Such protein is the main component of the amyloid plaque, which runs hand in hand with the development of Alzheimers disease.
Source: Unversia Brasil