Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Review and Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 05/12

Beautiful packaging. Photo by I Tell Stories
Beautiful packaging. Photo by I Tell Stories

The first thing you notice about these “kids” blocks is that the packaging is really well executed. Rather than a tall and narrow Jenga-like box where it’s difficult to get the blocks in and out (at least for me), this sturdy box opens more like a briefcase and a clear thick plastic cover showcases the blocks very artistically. It’s also compact and reusable which is a big bonus, especially for parents who have limited space.

The pretty colours and the display-like case were enough to draw Mary in.

Mary pointing out some of the colours she liked...photo by I Tell Stories
Mary pointing out some of the colours she liked…Photo by I Tell Stories

As Mary and Jon immediately began to try and build things together (the box says ages 1 to 99!), I was drawn to the small booklet tucked neatly underneath the blocks. It briefly described the Tegu story and provided some sample ideas. The Tegu magnetic blocks are manufactured in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. The founders wanted to create a for-profit company that would be transformative for the people of Honduras and their economy while using sustainable materials (for more info: http://www.tegu.com/our-story/).

On their website and in their pamphlet, Tegu magnetic blocks are described as “bringing new life to a favored classic” and as having “taken a good thing and made it great”. I agree with these statements in that these magnetic blocks are a fun twist on a child favourite, but they wouldn’t replace regular wooden blocks in my books. They are a different product. Whereas regular blocks challenge the ability to build and balance, for example, these magnetic blocks are more about exploration and freedom in creativity as the blocks can cling to each other in designs that wouldn’t work with traditional wooden blocks.

Mary was very proud of the car she made with her  Tegu blocks...photo by I Tell Stories
Mary was very proud of the car she made with her Tegu blocks…Photo by I Tell Stories

As I tested the blocks and tried to make some of the more intricate structures shown in the pamphlet, I noticed right away the high quality of the blocks. You can tell from the look and feel of them that they are well-crafted. Jon and I looked for the seams in the blocks that would show where the magnets were inserted, and it was very difficult. One con to these blocks is actually due to their magnetic system and their north and south pole. Because they aren’t clearly marked on the blocks, I actually knocked down a few structures by bringing two blocks with like poles too close together, which caused them to repel and my “castle” fell. After some examination, I saw that “Tegu” is written in white ink on one end of each block. This solved the mystery – don’t let two Tegu ends touch! I blame my bad eyesight…

Mary chose these blocks over TV...that about sums it up...Photo by I Tell Stories
Mary chose these blocks over TV…that smile about sums it up…Photo by I Tell Stories

All in all, these are different but really fun and don’t let the word “blocks” box you in to how you could play with these magnetic toys. This particular package came in a variety of shapes and colours, so you could also test knowledge of shapes, colours and counting among other traditional learning games. Mary and I had fun making “pictures” on the blocks with her other magnets, and when we tested out the magnets on money, they were easily strong enough to hold a quarter upright. In my mind, I see myself using these as a unique teaching tool for Mary when it comes to recognizing the different coins and learning about financial basics. This set will bring out the inner scientist in you.

I believe that the price is worth what you get. Sometimes you have to pay a bit more for quality. However, the larger sets are expensive and maybe could be put on a wishlist for Santa (or a generous family member).

Many thanks to Baby enRoute in Ottawa for providing this fun and educational toy to review!

Tegu Magnetic Blocks Giveaway


Enter to Win the Tegu Magentic Blocs courtesy of Baby enRoute!

Winner must pick up the Tegu Magnetic Blocks at baby enRoute store at 416 Richmond Rd. in Ottawa.

(value $109.99)

Giveaway is open to Ottawa area residents until May 12th,  2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules: Open to Ottawa residents 18 +. Winner must pick up the Tegu Magnetic Blocks at baby enRoute store, 416 Richmond Rd. in Ottawa. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For our complete set of rules, please click here.


I Tell Storieshttp://samanthaball.ca/
Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – samanthaball.ca and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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  1. I love the tegu magnetic blocks. That and the oblo puzzle ball. Both are really innovative.
    Btw the staff at baby en route are really great.

  2. My daughter has the Safari Spin & Play Rhino…and she loves it. There are too many great toys to choose. However the Crocodile xylophone is adorable and since we don’t have any block systems yet. I would have to say the Tegu Magnetic Blocks would be awesome to have!

  3. Since I am expecting my first baby I like all the infant toys, especially the adorable Oops line (and all the SkipHop stuff too).

  4. Definitely the Uncle Goose Merry Christmas Blocks – the baby girls might be getting a set of those for next christmas 🙂

  5. I love the different languages of the Uncle Goose ABC Blocks! What a great way to introduce new languages to your children. We are hoping to pass along Spanish and French to our soon to be born son, so these are a fantastic idea!

  6. Uncle goose blocks in the different languages. I was happy to see a variety of languages. Chinese would be great!

  7. I’ve always enjoyed wooden toys for my children. These from Tegu allow for imagination to run wild – just what kids need. I also love the fact that they are magnetic. It’s amazing what they can make out of a few pieces of wood 🙂


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