Summer Building Contest

A few days ago, we introduced you to the Endeavor and Explorer Sets which have transformed the Tegu experience and enhanced the capabilities for building taller and larger creations!

To prove this gravity-defying nature, we decided to host our inaugural ‘Summer Building Contest’ where we partnered with some wonderful bloggers (read about them below) who agreed to push their imaginations with the latest Tegu sets. From dogs and donkeys to flowers and towers, these bloggers definitely show the endless possibilities when constructing with our magnetic wooden blocks.

Wanna broaden your own architectural horizons? Well, you’re in luck. You can enter to win your own Endeavor or Explorer Set by simply voting for your favorite creation. To vote, submit a comment naming your favorite blogger and include your name, email address, and the URL of website that referred you in the corresponding fields. Voting starts today and ends on Tuesday, July 3rd. One individual voter from each blog will win a set!

One blogger will even win a $300+ Tegu bundle to give away to their active audience (Tegu will select both individual and blogger winners at random). The blogger with the most number of votes will be crowned “Chief Blockitect.” All winners will be announced on Thursday, July 5th.

Take a look at the creations below and cast your vote today!

Julie Strietelmeier, The Gadgeteer
Julie Strietelmeier from Columbus, Indiana is a gadget freak through and through. She created The Gadgeteer 15yrs ago and has been writing about and testing all sorts of gadgets and gizmos ever since. She likes building sets like Tegu because they are a fun diversion from work and help get her creative juices flowing. Besides, she’s always loved anything that has magnets.

Julie Seguss, Inhabitots

With the motto “Sustainable design for the next generation“, Inhabitots is the baby / parenting focused website in the Inhabitat family. was created as a resource for parents, families, and anyone else interested in sustainable modern design for children with a focus on design specifically targeted at babies, toddlers and kids.

Rebecca Sama, UrbanSherp
Rebecca Sama is the founder of UrbanSherp and has been a proud treehugger since the age of six. She spends her days tracking the latest, greatest green products and designers to share with consumers who appreciate good design and the planet. In fact, you can view her interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater above!

Nicole Manning, The Shopping Mama
Manhattan High Rise
Before becoming a mom, Nicole taught high school English and traveled the world with her husband. She now enjoys a life filled with playdates, food being thrown from high chairs, and lots of toddler giggles. She loves to craft and create in her spare time and sells eco-friendly teething necklaces at The Sugar Cone Shoppe. Nicole blogs and writes for The Shopping Mama, THE source for all the unique and fabulous things you want and need for little ones but don’t have time to find yourself.

Alex Lum, Best Toys Guide
IMG_0632 was started in 2007 by a group of young-at-heart people with a passion for children’s toys. Their goal was to create an independent toy shopping guide with honest reviews and hands on testing. Today, they’re still having a blast testing out toys (who wouldn’t?), enjoying the antics of the office ferrets, and sharing it all with everyone.

Leanne Heilman, Rave and Review
Tegu Towers
Leanne is the owner and editor of Rave & Review and is always on the search for toys that the whole family can play with and appreciate. Her family has been fans of Tegu blocks since they ran across them at a local Seattle store and now the whole family is hooked on these awesome magnetic blocks.

Esther Garfield, BuyModernBaby
BuyModernBaby is known for showcasing the best modern children’s nurseries, products, furniture, gear and gifts. Esther Garfield has been searching the highs and lows of the internet since 2005 to find the latest and greatest products for children whose parents prefer a modern aesthetic. Her discoveries include such wonderful products as Tegu blocks.

MaryAnne K, Mama Smiles
MaryAnne is the mother of three playful, curious, craft-loving children. She is passionate about parenting, hands-on learning, good children’s literature, and encouraging and building childhood creativity. MaryAnne has a PhD in Medicine, a Masters degree in Education, and a BA in Music. She now uses all three degrees on a daily basis – albeit in somewhat unusual ways – as the stay-at-home mother of three (soon to be four!) young children. As a survivor of pediatric cancer (30 years in May 2012!), she cherishes each and every day of life.

Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts
Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a popular NYC humor blog geared towards new parents. In addition to blogging, Ilana has worked as a creative in advertising for the past 15 years. She lives in the East Village of NYC with her husband, her two-year-old daughter and a rapidly growing pile of stuffed animals.

Anastasia Borisyu, EcoBabyz
EcoBabyz Tegu Contest
Eco-Babyz was born in 2008 out of the desire to share the natural parenting journey with parents all over the world. To provide a place where parents can stay informed on the latest in family health, legislation affecting children, healthy cooking, traveling light, daily mothering, and the best of Eco-friendly products. Capturing the essence of raising kids with enchanting photography. Eco-Babyz is your one stop blog for the journey of raising an intelligent, healthy, Eco-friendly, nature loving child

Molly Elmer, My Favorite Things
photo Molly is the founder and editor of My Favorite Things. MFT is a lifestyle blog where she assembles an on going list of all of her favorites. She loves to discover. To create. To explore. And share. And she encourages you to do the same. And because her three boys are at the tippy-top of her favorites list, she posts once or twice a week about motherhood.

Jillian Warner, Mommy Testers

Mommy Testers Tegu Summer Building Contest Technicolor Donkey
Mommy Testers was founded by Jillian Warner, a fashion industry mom with a lifelong passion for baby and kids products. She created Mommy Testers out of a frustration in finding good information about children’s products from reliable, unbiased sources. In reading reviews Jillian frequently found that the writer was either compensated by the company, or in most cases, lacked the thoughtful and practical insight from in depth, hands-on testing of the product.

Elizabeth Pyo, Being MVP
Elizabeth is a fulltime working mama to a wonderful little girl named Kenzie and is currently expecting a boy in early August. Balancing work and home life is tiresome but she’s enjoying every bit of watching Kenzie grow up.

Tiffany Malloy, Play Eat Grow

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Play Eat Grow was started in 2011 by two friends, Tiffany and Christina, in an attempt to share all the fun things they were doing with their kids! Play Eat Grow specializes in PLAYING (fun things to do for both parent and child), EATING (yummy and kid-friendly recipes), and GROWING (spiritual formation activities and ideas).

Rebekka Drago, The Proverbs31 Mama


Rebekka is the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of an incredible little girl. She feels blessed every day for the life she leads. Her blog is filled with product reviews, recipes, and craft ideas for little one!

Rebecca Sessa, MommaSess
Becky is the owner of the blog MommaSess (  She has an 11 month old baby boy who has been walking for about a month now and is also married to my wonderful husband Chris. Her blog focuses on product reviews with a ton of giveaways for her blog followers.

Diannah Jacobson, Cheap Mama Chick


Diannah is the owner/operator of, which focuses on finding great prices for high quality items for infants, children and moms!

Stephanie Moran Heald, Naturally Mindful
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Stephanie is a mom, a furmom and a wife. Her blog, Naturally Mindful, was born out of necessity when she felt overwhelmed by how unsafe and toxic many common household products are. She is determined to live a healthier and safer life for her and her family one step at a time. As a stay at home to her one year old, Stephanie does her homework in between naps and play dates. Sharing her tips and educating other families to empower them to take the best choice to live a greener life.

Julie L., Connecting Piece by Piece
Julie is a stay-at-home mom of three and the author of Connecting Piece by Piece which focuses on on family support, autism, and epilepsy (her youngest child has autism/ epilepsy and her oldest daughter has epilepsy). Julie enjoys doing sweepstakes and tries products for reviews/giveaways. Her goal is to do the best job she can for her autistic son and to write a book about their journey.

Jennifer Lance, Eco Child’s Play

Jennifer is founder and editor of Eco Child’s Play which provides news, information, and opinions on natural, green parenting to help your family live a more healthy life. They live off-the-grid and grow a majority of their own food. They built an eco-home from salvage timber off their land, which they milled themselves. They produce electrical power from their creek, and daily hikes are part of their family’s routine. Extending their eco-values to children is only natural, as they try to raise world citizens with the smallest carbon footprint possible. It’s not always easy, with the commercialization of childhood, but they strongly believe children will benefit in the long run.

Reader comments (718)

  1. I vote for:
    MaryAnne K, Mama Smiles

    So wonderful. I can’t wait for my kids to try these!

  2. My vote goes to MaryAnne K of Mama Smiles. Some great creations – checking out some new blogs now 🙂

  3. I vote for Leanne Heilman’s Rave & Review. What an amazing creation and wonderful imagination. You go girl!!

  4. My vote is for Leanne Heilman at Rave and Review! I don’t know why it isn’t showing but I did all of the steps, just redoing to make sure. Sorry for duplicates

  5. I vote for Leanne Heilman, Rave and Review it looks like something my boys would have built

  6. I am voting for the animal creation skillfully pieced together by Jillian Warner from Mommy Testers. I love her animal interpretation -although, it’s a shame she didn’t have the new Tegu Wheels to use as eyes!

    Tegu Blocks are truly the best at allowing all to invent, design, and simply enjoy…which is demonstrated by all the creative masterpieces! I enjoyed the vast differences that twenty bloggers created with the same set of blocks. Thank you Tegu!!

  7. I like Naturally Mindful ( All these are so clever!

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  9. I have three nephews and these toys are amazing! Love these ideas from the building contest. As a designer, I love how well crafted they are. They are also extremely sturdy to stand up to three boys!

  10. Very sweet, Esther Garfield (BuyModernBaby). My vote is for your darling little girl!

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