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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tegu blocks build learning and trade trash dumps for classrooms



Tegu (pronounced Tay-goo) is a unique educational product. It is not only unique because of it’s ability to instill creativity in learning, but also extends this potential to reaching out across the world to help impoverished people in Honduras. Tegu is a socially-minded company, started by two Christian brothers in order to address poverty in Honduras.

 

I received the 26-piece Discovery kit of natural wood colored magnetic blocks in exchange for an honest review. This set is part of the Tegu Classroom Kit. I did not experience the colorful blocks of green, blue or red/pink. But, we still managed to be very creative with the set we had to work with.

Some of the ideas we came up with included making shapes and letters, using the blocks to represent place value in arithmetic, laying the magnetic block down on a sheet of paper on top of a metal cookie sheet and using it as a writing guide. We also discovered that they stick quite nicely to the refrigerator and the washer and dryer, which only homeschool classrooms provide to take creativity to a new dimension. But, applying the blocks to a cookie sheet make them very portable and a perfect solution to spending time in a doctor’s office waiting room or waiting for sister to get done with dance class.










I was struck by the quality of the product. They are extremely well made and easy for children and instructors/parents to handle.

Another idea I love that Tegu offers is the chance that, at least my son who dislikes having to “do school” would jump at if given a chance. This concept is the opportunity Tegu offers for you to donate to help get kids off the Tegucigalpa trash dump and send them to school. Donate to provide these children a day in the classroom.

Learn more about Tegu at their website at www.tegu.com or on their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter @Tegu.

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