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