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THE PERFECT BLOCK

What's inside?

At Tegu people ask us a lot of questions about our magnetic wooden blocks. But, the one question asked all the time is, “how do you get the magnets inside?”

What a great question! There is something magical about what’s inside a Tegu block. But, what people don’t always realize is that there is more than just a magnet locked inside. Nope, the magnet is only part of what we hide inside a Tegu magnetic block to make it…well…to make it so attractive.

SO, WHAT'S INSIDE?

POTENTIAL

UNLOCKING THE CREATIVE IN ALL OF US

GOODNESS

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT

QUALITY

INVESTING LOVE, SWEAT, AND TEARS

POTENTIAL

UNLOCKING THE CREATIVE IN ALL OF US

PACKING THE POWER TO DREAM

We believe that every child possess the unhindered ability to build, create, and imagine. And they aren’t only creating towering block structures and backyard tree forts, they are building their futures.

Inside each Tegu block we pack the
power to dream about that future.

PLAYING IS LEARNING

We don’t see a difference between learning and playing. In fact, we believe that when a child plays their minds are opened to learn in new and exciting ways. So exciting, they don’t even know they are doing it!

HOW DOES PLAYING WITH TEGU SUPPORT A CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT OVER TIME?
THE CREATIVE CLASS

Elaborate toys, busy schedules and the demise of recess have left children with fewer opportunities for imaginative play — and it shows. Researchers say changing the way children play has changed their emotional and cognitive development.

One study found that kids who played with blocks scored higher on language tests than kids who had no blocks. Imaginative and rambunctious “free play,” as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type.
Source: NPR

“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.”

PETER GRAY

Psychologist and Research Professor at Boston College, and Author of Free to Learn (2013)

GOODNESS

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT

WHEN CHRIS & WILL HAUGHEY STARTED TEGU, THEY ASKED THIS QUESTION:

“Could we create a for-profit company based in Honduras that would foster a positive social impact through its business?”

And that’s just what we’re doing. From the fully independent toy factory that we’ve established just outside Tegucigalpa, to our partnership with a local school, we’re in Honduras by choice. And we’re here to stay.

OUR TEAM

By paying our employees a living wage and prioritizing long-term career growth and development rather than simple task-based jobs, Tegu is bringing world-class employment standards to Central America.

OUR MATERIALS

When harvested responsibly, wood is the most sustainable material available. That’s why we work with local Honduran cooperatives who individually hand pick each mature tree for use. Additionally, we have partnered with local communities to support reforestation, donating a portion of revenue to replanting efforts when Tegu blocks are sold.

OUR SCHOOL

We're partnering with a school called AFE (Amor, Fe y Esperanza) that was started to provide an education for the children whose families work at the Tegucigalpa city trash dump.

QUALITY

INVESTING LOVE, SWEAT, AND TEARS

THE SHAKERS HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PROVERB

“Do not make something unless it is both necessary & useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful."
At Tegu we think this seems like a great way to think about what we make.

I'm Nate Lau, the head designer at Tegu! This means I'm in charge of all the products we develop, as well as making sure everything comes out looking beautiful.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

One thing most people don't realize is that all our blocks are designed to work together. This was a unique challenge that was solved by crafting each block around a core module of 30mm. (By the way, the 30mm cube was the first piece we made!)

DESIGNING FOR OUR AUDIENCE

But just as important as designing the blocks to work together, we needed to make sure that the blocks work for the person playing with them! We looked at the size of a child's hand, as well as how they play with and hold the blocks, before we settled on each of our unique block shapes.

We design our blocks with purpose with the goal of creating the best building system out there.