Tegu Tints Magnetic Wooden Blocks

Helicopters. Caterpillars. A mini highway system. Yeah: When we here at Metro Parent got our hands on a set of the spiffy Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks – a neat "tinted" version, which is due at Tegu.com on Nov. 15 – we were more than excited to build and create. We immediately fell in love (and had to share the news a bit early!).

These "gravity defying" blocks, created with Honduran hardwoods and water-based finishes that are safe for the kids, are a mega-cool must-have for kids of most any age (they’re recommended for 3-plus).

If you’re not familiar with Tegu, here is a bit of background. The company was born in 2006 after co-founder Chris Haughey returned home from a trip to the Honduras. There, he was exposed to the beautiful hardwoods that the Central American country had to offer.

Haughey already had a woodworking background, so he decided to pursue his own company. With the help of his co-founder and brother Will, plus others, Tegu emerged. To boot, it’s an eco- and globally-sensitive operation: The guys help out the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa through reforestation, education and social outreach initiatives. Wow!

Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s get back to the blocks.

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The upcoming "Tegu Tints" feature vibrant green, orange, turquoise, pink and yellow colors – a fun departure from the original standard wood tone (which are still available in the meantime). And, besides signature cube-shaped blocks, this 26-piece set has both long and short planks. We barely scratched the surface with our creations: Kids can put together loads of different models, make it prime for open-ended play.

While the price is a bit steep – $55 for the 26-piece set – the quality is truly heirloom-caliber and the possibilities for building are seemingly endless. Not to mention, you’re helping the world in the process. So truly, there’s no limit to what you can build!