Wooden magnetic blocks with a great story behind the product, that’s Tegu.
They even offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for the life of the toy (which will hopefully be multiple generations of play!)
They come in beautiful colourways or ‘plain’ natural wooden colours.
Tegu tries to make a positive impact with their business in Honduras:
For every tree they harvest, another 983 are planted.
They pay their employees a living wage and prioritize long-term career growth.
They have partnered up with a local school so kids who were working (along their parents) at the city dump, can go to school.
You can read more about their story on the Tegu website.
Back to the blocks. On a topic about favourite toys (in a international Facebook group) Tegu was mentioned multiple times, which made me google the brand.
Quickly I noticed there weren’t many retailers in Europe and those who did sell Tegu, only offered a small selection of the products.
But I’m glad to say I’ve seen more shops offering the products (and a wider range!) just recently!
Let’s start with a short video:
Alice (3) and Celine (4,5) love to play with their blocks. Favorite is the ‘Skyhook‘ (a helicopter set with a propeller and a rescue plug).
You can fly around and pick up magnetic things or Tegu parts with it.
Alice needs help to assemble the helicopter following the building plan, but Celine can already look at the pictures in the manual and rebuild it.
The skycook set can be used to make many other things too, as it contents pieces like four wheels and a stuntteam character (‘head’) the kids can build cars or a simple plane.
On the Tegu website you can find inspiration, but I prefer to let the kids discover all the options by themselves.
The packaging is beautiful, it shows different things you can build with this one set and some sets also have a ‘try me’ opening with two magnetic block facing eachother with the ‘wrong’ side. (so they don’t attract eachother). You can push the blocks towards eachother to feel the power of the magnets.
My personal favourite is the prism pocket pouch. With 6 pieces in a felt pouch it makes the perfect ‘on the go’ toy.
Alice and Celine both have one (different colours!) as a car-toy for longer trips.
You can put one in your handbag so you’ll always have something to offer your child when you have to wait somewhere.
It’s amazing how many different things they can create with only 6 pieces.
Celine played a game of ‘guess what I made?‘ when we were visiting my parents.
She mostly makes animals with the blocks.
Compared to other building blocks Tegu might seem pretty expensive, the bigger sets with 42 pieces are priced around 115 euro, the skyhook set costs 55 euro and the prism pocket pouch costs 20 euro (or 25 usd).
But the prism pocket pouch is a great example of the fact that children don’t need a huge amount of blocks to create and build different things.
There are smaller sets available (more affordable!) and in the USA you can even buy sets with only four cubes or four paralellograms.
This way you can add something to the collection on special occasions (birthday gift or as a christmas gift), expanding the options for your kids.
A ‘stunt team’ or ‘future’ product might be a nice first Tegu product to get. Wheels or a propeller are a great add on and expand the possibilities of the creations.
Off course a classic block set is nice too, if you think your child will prefer to build towers and needs more blocks.
Because of the magnets even younger kids can create more complicated towers and buildings.
They will soon understand that you have to turn the blocks over if the magnets repel from each other to make them attract each other and stick.