Tegu Review and Giveaway

1st December 2010

The last time I was in Toronto with my family, we stopped by Pottery Barn kids to check out their store. One of the toys that the kids noticed righat away was the tegu magnetic wooden blocks – they sat down and played with them the entire time I shopped in the store. (Can I hear an AMEN?) I had heard about the product before, and thought it was a great idea, but hadn’t seen it or touched it before that day.

My kids didn’t want to leave the store (neither did I quite frankly), for several reasons, one of which was the tegu blocks. Although we own wooden blocks, and magnetic toys, it was the first time they had seen a magnetic wooden block, and thought they were cool. So, when I was offered the chance to try out the blocks at home, and give some away, it was an easy yes, seeing how much they were enjoying them.

The name tegu (tay.goo) is taken from Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, where the blocks are manufactured in the tegu factory. The owners and brothers, Chris and Will Haughey, had a goal to create a for-profit business in Honduras with the ultimate goal of helping the nation of Honduras, and they have.

Here are some facts about the tegu Magnetic Blocks:

Curiously attractive. Brilliantly simple. Naturally safe.

  • They are made from sustainable and durable hardwood sealed with water-based finishes providing safe play.
  • Magically embedded magnets push and pull the blocks, and your imagination in many ways.
  • Perfectly suited for eco-friendly play, no batteries, and no need for instruction manuals – free play at its best.
  • Best for ages 3 and up.

We’ve had fun making some creations here at home including:

(If the 4yo says it’s a llama, it’s a llama.)

Although I will say that this product is pricey, I have found that many wooden, eco-friendly tend to be as well. It is something that will last a long time, they’re really durable, great looking and sure to become a classic. The blocks are available in various finishes including Natural, Mahogany, Jungle and Colour Tints and are sold as 8, 26 and 52 piece sets.

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away one 26 piece set of tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks (valued at $55) to one lucky winner, just in time for the holidays!!

HOW TO ENTER:

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Leave a comment below about a classic toy that you loved as a child (and perhaps still do). Have you shared that toy with your kids?

BONUS ENTRY:

*Tweet the following message and then leave a comment below saying that you did for an extra entry:

Enter to win a 26pc tegu magnetic blocks set on @BOREDmommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/hYd9d0 – Ends 12/08! #US/CDN #Giveaway

*OPEN TO Canadian and U.S. residents

*Contest will run until December 8th, 2010 and the winner will be chosen by random.org

GOOD LUCK!!!

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UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to the winner – #6 – @sandyel — Thank you so much to everyone for entering!!!

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84 thoughts on “Tegu Review and Giveaway

  1. Alison

    I used to absolutely love the Sylvanian Family. They are now known as Calico Critters, and whenever we go to a toy store, my daughter loves them! She is a little young for them really, but one day, I will definitely be sharing them with her!

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  2. Sarah Carmichael

    I love it when that happens at stores. 😉 My son loves this product too. He an an awesome bigger kid teach him how to use them in a store just like you described!

    I always loved stuff animals as a kid. My son has my pound puppy, Cabbage Patch Kid, Wrinkles dog, and an assortment of Care Bears!

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  3. C @ Kid Things

    Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Ponies were big when I was a kid. I think they’ve both made a comeback in recent years, but nothing is ever as good as the original. We’ve tried buying my daughter a few of the new ponies, but she’s not that interested yet.

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  4. Melissa

    I loved the Light Bright – technically it was my sister’s but I stole it from her whenever possible. Once I have no one in the house who will swallow the little colored pegs, I plan on getting one!

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  5. sandy (@sandyel)

    I love these! And I want them! 🙂 As a kid I loved my fisher price telephone, and my Barbies. My kids have a newer ‘revamped’ version of the telephone and I think my daughter is too young for Barbies BUT she does have a Belle Barbie that she loves…

    PICK ME! PICK ME! 🙂

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  6. Jim

    Excited about trying the tegus… my favorite toy growing up was the playschool ( i think) little piano. Lasted forever and made just enough noise!

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  7. Erin

    I love blocks! We have tons of block toys, and these sound fantastic!

    As a kid we had a little wooden “cart” with a bunch of blocks that would only fit into the cart when laid in a specific pattern. It was cool because not only could you pull the cart around, you could also build with the blocks, and putting them back together was a puzzle! I bought my kids the newer, more colorful, version at Target. Then I tried to put the blocks back, could not figure it out, and ended up at Target taking a picture of the toy with my camera phone. I still reference that picture sometimes when I cannot get those blocks to fit!

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  9. Rich

    I had a set of wooden blocks as a kid and LOVED them!! I built tons of different things with them including ramps on which I raced Matchbox cars.

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  10. Dan

    Great to read a good review of the Tegu blocks, i’m thinking about carrying them in our store.

    Tonka trucks were always a favorite toy in my house. My mother saved a couple of the big all steel ones and recently shipped them to me for my 2yr old to play with.

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  11. Jess

    I was IN LOVE with Lincoln Logs. To the point where I truly believed that when I grew up, I’d marry a mountain man and live in a log cabin.

    I also believed in Santa until I was 11, so that tells you quite a bit about my reality base.

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  12. Shannon @ AnchorMommy

    Those blocks are so cool!

    My favorite toy as a kid was probably my first Cabbage Patch Kid. My totally spoiled friend had about 10 of them before I got my first one, and I treasured that doll when I finally got him! I recently found the doll again in the basement, and my boy actually asked if he could have him. I hesitated for a moment, since “Greg” was one of my most prized childhood possessions…then I realized it’s better for him to be loved and cuddled again than to be in a cold, dark basement. So Greg is now sharing a bed with my kiddo as we speak. 🙂

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  13. abi

    I have to go with light brite. It was a great toy then and now I found a giant one at our local children’s museum. My kids both LOVE to put the pegs in and out.

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  14. Sarah

    I had an Easy Bake Oven and loved it. My son is too young for it yet, but my niece is getting one for Christmas. She has been asking for it for months. Amazing that they are still around.

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  15. Eric "Who's Your Daddy"

    Growing up as a kid I always remember the fun my brother and I had playing “Rockem Sockem Robots”. Maybe it’s the boyish energy in us but it was fun to watch the robots pop each other’s head’s up!

    Oh…not to bribe you or anything, but I should tell you that my Mom works at the Williams Sonoma on Bloor St. Given that W.S. and P.B./P.B.K. are the same company, her 40% discount comes in real handy!!! 🙂

    That said, I’d still much prefer to win this for my 4 kids than to have Babchi buy it…just sayin! 🙂

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  16. Julia

    I always love the little phone that had a string to pull it and the eyes went up and down. I actully bought one for my kids just because it’s such a fun toy.

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  17. Anne Taylor

    I loved my slinky back in the day! My kids had them and in a few years so will my grandkids!

    ty

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

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  18. Marianne

    If something can hold their attention then it is a must have!

    I loved my Easy Bake Oven. And my younger brother loved watching me attempt to cook things over that light bulb. I have memories of trying to pull the tray through the oven only to have it fall of the track and spill onto the light bulb followed by my tears and my brother’s laughter. He remembered it all so fondly, that he bought an Easy Bake Oven for my daughters a few years ago. Unfortunately it was the year it made the recall list so their fun was short lived. I also felt the need to supervise their time with it (which always lessens my enjoyment of one their toys) more than I remember my mother assisting me!

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  19. Virginia

    My sister and I had a game called Ta-Ka-Radi, a bunch of solid hardwood pieces that came in a cloth bag. You stacked them in threes, criss-crossed, to build a tower, and then players took turns removing them. Then a cheap mass-produced imitation came out, known as “Jenga,” but you can still find the original online.

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  20. Jennifer Hunt

    I have three boys, all of my favorite toys were girly ones like cabbage patch kids and strawberry shortcake.. they are into star wars,legos and super heros.. all boy stuff here!

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  21. Kameron

    I loved my lite brite as a kid. They have a huge version at our local children’s museum and Nate loves it. I think those magnetic blocks seem so cool! Nate would love them.

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  22. May Atkins

    I loved playmobil as a kid. Growing up ours were always hand me downs so they were always missing pieces. I bought some for my sons who are 4 and 2 from a consignment sale ibce and it looked like all the pieces were there but they were not – it was a train set and missing one piece of the track that would make it a circle! Not fun….. Now I only buy them new.

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  23. Sarah

    Legos! Also, my Fisher Price record player. You wound it up and it played grooved plastic records (I think there were four, all different colors). Lego play spanned years (I still occasionally play with them now that I’m 40) but I dearly loved that record player. So much so that we may have gone through more than one.

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  24. Kate

    Man alive, but did I adore my Speak and Spell. And look! It went off the market and now a billion percent of U.S. kids are dropping out of high school. Correlation? I SAY YES.

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  25. Jill Johnson

    I loved baby dolls. I now enjoy shopping for Waldorf dolls for my kids. I get as much enjoyment out of them as they do. 🙂

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  26. Sarah

    I loved a little wind up music box that you could carry along with you. It played “I’d like to teach the world to sing”.
    SO 70’s!!! I loved it!

    And yes, it was one of my daughter’s favorite things too.

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  27. Min Jung Hong

    I loved playing with Etch-a-Sketch. I would spend hours trying to draw faces, animals, etc. I recently saw a beautiful landscape done on it. It’s amazing what some people can do with a simple toy.

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  28. Kasia

    My favourite toy when I was a kid was my pogo ball. I’d bounce around my neighbourhood for what seemed like hours when I was six… best toy ever… but I haven’t seen them for kids, have seen some exercise version of it though.

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  29. Nisha

    I loved any little trinket animal toy (~2″ plastic, wooden, ceramic, or beaded animal). Of course my daughter now has all of them.

    A funny story about a Ken doll I still have…we were watching Toy Story 3 and my Ken doll (exact same clothing) was in the movie, I ran to get him and all of us laughed that I still had him and someone in Hollywood did too. 😉

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  30. Megan C

    My favorite toy as a child was My Little Pony. My parents still have my collection, so unfortunately it has not been passed along to my girls. But my husband has passed along his beloved childhood toy – a Pound Puppy. 🙂

    megancrose at gmail dot com

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  31. Jillain

    When I was a kid I had this game called “feely Meely” which sadly they dont make anymore, but I made my own version for my kids, and plan to this year for my step daughter!! ker plunk was also one of my fav’s, and my kids have loved it too!! I found your site through the TEGU site- these blocks look amazing!! Glad to find your site also, and would love to win the blocks!!

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  32. Jenny D

    I’m ashamed to say that Barbies were my favorite as a kid. Plus, my mom’s old collection of trolls. And anything pretending to be “magic”.

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  33. Vicki

    I grew up with the classic pullalong dog with the ears that rotate – my mom in law found my hubby’s one while doing a clear out (after many many years stored away) and will be giving it to our son when they come visit us in Canada … Will be great to see :).

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  34. Vicky

    I loved my little ponies and barbies. I think I sold them all at a garage sale when I was 12. My parents did keep a lot of my brothers’ toys though, there is a 50lb bin of lego in their basement waiting to be played with. THanks for this contest!

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  35. Elaine

    I’m going to go with an all to known toy and say Legos. Although my children aren’t THAT into them yet, I’m guessing they will be eventually and I LOVED them as a kid, always building imaginary houses with them.

    These look like a wonderful toy!

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  36. Cheryl

    Lego lego lego lego! I have soooo many memories of building houses and playing with my little fisher price families inside of them. Actually, it’s the only toy I remember playing with in the house. No dolls, no barbies, though I know they were around. But my lego? A billion warm and fuzzy memories!

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  37. Dee Brun

    My old brown Fisher Price tape recorder…I taped everything..like a spy..It had the microphone on the cord…I hid in closets, behind chairs…Drove my parents bonkers…

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  38. Kari L.

    As a child, my most precious toy was a My Child doll. I was allowed to pick out the one I really wanted from the store. Being a brown eyed, brown haired girl myself who longed to have blond hair and green eyes, I picked the one that had those attributes. She became a companion everywhere and was involved in hours upon hours of imaginary play. She has been stored for safe keeping, but I’ll bring her out when my daughter is a little older.

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  39. Alicia

    I loved my cabbage patch doll! I remember wanting one so badly when they first came out. Unfortunately I don’t have mine to share with my daughter anymore, however it’s not such a bad thing because I can buy her new fab toys like the tegu blocks!!!

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