How are Tegu wooden blocks different from other toy blocks
Anyone who’s played with ourmagnetic wooden blocks can answer this question. It’s not just that our wooden toys are magnetic, it’s the play value the magnets add. The ability to build beyond the traditional constraints of gravity is incredibly liberating; now you can build out, not just up! Also, working with the polarity of the magnets on the fly is a fun challenge; it generates more critical thinking and educational opportunities than you might expect, and critical thinking is good!
I can't see the magnets on the wooden blocks. Where are they?
The magnets are hidden inside the wooden toys and are therefore not visible or accessible. This is thanks to the thoughtful toy design and quality toy manufacturing behind the Tegu concept. Safety, quality, and durability are of the utmost importance to Tegu. Our toys boast a patent-pending solid hardwood construction which keeps the magnets inside. We are a premium product, and, deeply knowing our own supply chain and owning our manufacturing plant, we control the process from start to finish (a true rarity in toys).
How big or small are the wooden blocks?
Tegu’s educational blocks index to one another, and we work in 30 millimeter units. To illustrate, one cube is 30x30x30mm. Specifically, here are the inch conversions:
Jumbo Planks: 0.60″ x 3.54″
Long Planks: 0.30″ x 4.72″
Short Planks: 0.30″ x 2.36″
Another great way to get a sense for their size and scale is to watch some of our videos:
The Tegu Design Process
Blocks In Action!
As a point of reference, we have seen numerous children play with the blocks and ‘grow into’ them over time, and we are confident that you will find this to be a timeless toy and a great investment. The cubes, especially, are a good clasping size for younger kids, and the play tends to mature with the child. Happy building!
Could you be a little more specific about your sets in terms of dimensions, weight, and numbers of certain pieces?
We sure could! Our Original Set package has dimensions of 7.5 (L) x 9 3/16 (W) x 2 .5 (H) (inches) and weighs in at 3.25 pounds. It’s comprised of 20 cubes, 16 long planks, 10 short planks, and 6 jumbo planks; basically everything you need to build your own small village.
The company, Honduras, and social responsibility
Where are these kids' toys made?
These toys are made in Tegucigalpa—the capital city of Honduras. Learn more about why we make children’s toys in Honduras.
What happens when I buy a Tegu construction toy?
Basically, you get a package of sweet toys in the mail AND your kid starts his or her journey to the top of the class (assuming they aren’t already there). But wait, that’s not all: Tegu is committed to using its business to bless Honduras, one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere. When you purchase our toys you’re helping create stable jobs. Improving the livelihoods of not only our current 200 employees at the factory in Honduras but at least 361 family members that rely on them.
Materials and sustainability
Are any of the woods you’re using endangered?
The main wood we source in Honduras is called Huesito (Spanish for “little bone”), which is a hardwood found in abundance in Honduras’ forests. This species is not endangered, but even so we are of course careful about how it is harvested – we want it to be abundant for our great-great-grandchildren too! You’ll notice we also do some limited toy production using Mahogany, a wood that is listed on the CITES Appendix II species list (“Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.”). We apply the same meticulous criteria to our sourcing of Mahogany that we do to other woods, making sure we do not contribute in any way to its potential endangerment.
Safety, accidents and disposal
Are these toys safe?
Yes Yes Yes. The magnets are hidden inside the blocks and are therefore not visible or accessible. This is thanks to the thoughtful toy design and quality toy manufacturing behind the Tegu concept. Safety, quality, and durability are of the utmost importance to Tegu. Our blocks boast a patent-pending solid hardwood construction which keeps the magnets inside. We are a premium product, and, owning our own supply chain and manufacturing plant, we control the process from start to finish (a true rarity in toys). We are also required to work with toy testing agencies who have verified our compliance with the applicable federal regulations. All that said, our goal is transparency; every package of Tegu wooden toys prominently bears the following message:
Warning: This product contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can cause complications leading to serious infections and death. Seek immediate medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled.