Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks
The original and colorful magnetic wooden blocks.
Tegu is a system of beautiful wood blocks with embedded magnets.
Unlock your builder's imagination with gravity-defying pieces that extend the stacking capabilities of traditional wooden blocks.
The location of each embedded magnet is specifically chosen to maintain balance and maximize building potential.
Manufactured in a Honduran factory that pays a living wage, Tegu Magnetic Blocks conform to the toy industry's most stringent safety standards. Their bright colors are achieved via 100% non-toxic, water-based dyes, and a portion of the proceeds from each purchase go toward local reforestation efforts.
Tegu blocks are available in 14-piece and 42-piece sets.
Features & specs:
- Each block has a north and south magnetic pole
- 100% non-toxic, water-based dyes
- Made in a Honduran living-wage factory
- Ages 1 to 99
- Conforms to ASTM F963 & EN71
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Gravity-defying wood blocks!
Despite the prevalence of increasingly complicated electronic toys, traditional wooden blocks are still a staple toy in all playrooms. And there's a darned good reason for that! Wood blocks are simple, fun, and provide tangible developmental benefits.
Tegu has simply made a good toy great. These gravity-defying blocks provide a gateway to limitless creativity.
Hidden magnets = magical blocks
The spectrum of construction possibilities increases dramatically with Tegu Blocks thanks to the embedded magnets. The designers have gone to great lengths to ensure each magnet is sealed (you'll be hard-pressed to discover where the block was cut), is perfectly balanced, and is strategically placed for optimal connection locations.
Each Tegu block (just like all magnets) features north and south poles. So, if a block doesn't stick at first, just flip it and stick it!
Building system is grid-based for maximum creativity
The base "unit" in the Tegu system is a 30mm x 30mm x 30mm cube. All other blocks are proportionally sized in relation to the so-called "Tegu cube". This makes certain that the blocks just fit together as you build and create.
Tegu Magnetic Wood Blocks allow you to build designs that would be impossible with standard wood blocks.
Each set includes a booklet of sample creations to get you started, but the real fun is exploring the endless possibilities inherent in wood blocks that snap together!
Help bring change to Honduras
Located in Central America, Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The creators of Tegu are on a mission to help break its cycle of poverty.
Tegu, named after the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa (also home to its factory), provides living wage jobs and long-term career growth. The company also plants trees (lots of them!), and donates to local reforestation efforts every time a Tegu set is sold.
Additionally, Tegu partners with a local school to remove kids working in the local trash dump and place them into a classroom.
Choose from two sets
Tegu Magnetic Blocks are currently available in two sets: 14 pieces and 42 pieces. Each set includes a variety of sizes and colors.
Please note that the 42-piece set also includes four magnetic wheels!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Which set should I purchase?
Answer: Both, of course! But in all seriousness, you should buy both. Note: because the 42-piece set includes a few additional shapes as well as wheels, we think older kids (7+) would benefit more from it.
Question: What is the recommended age range?
Answer: The manufacturer recommends Tegu for ages 1-99. We personally think the 14-piece set is better suited for ages 1-6, though.
Question: Why do they cost more than free? Because like... yeah, I can get non-magnetic blocks for free by chopping down a tree, removing the bark, cutting the wood into small blocks, and sanding them smooth. All you've done is add some magnets and dye them pretty colors!
Answer: If your time and labor is free, we could sure use you around the Vat19 offices! Sure, a set of standard wood blocks is far less expensive than Tegu blocks. However, those blocks aren't magnetic and magnets are not cheap. Plus, placing them inside of a wood block, safely sealing the block, and then coloring it with non-toxic water-based dyes costs money.
Tegu blocks are going to last a lifetime, will provide more hours of playability than an expensive video game, stimulate creativity and development, and are just plain fun!
Question: Are they safe?
Answer: Yes. Tegu is fanatical about safety. Tegu blocks are rigorously tested to CPSIA and EN standards. They also use 100% non-toxic, water-based dyes.
Question: Alright, alright, but are they really that much fun?
Answer: Yes! Standard wood blocks have been used as toys for millennia for a reason — they're a good time! Elevate a block's creative potential with magnets and you've got yourself high-octane fuel for the imagination. Tegu blocks are awesome. Give 'em a try — you'll be glad you did!
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