Review summary: A more affordable, but still fun Tegu magnetic block travel set. Perfect for tinkering on-the-go.
Basics: The brand new Pocket Pouch Prism is the perfect little travel Tegu set for busy kids on the go. Made with natural wood and water based non-toxic finishes, these blocks are embedded with tiny, but strong magnets that allow your kids to create wonderful gravity defying structures. See the slideshow below for cool design ideas.
We’ve reviewed Tegu here before. To learn more about the sustainability and ethical practices of this company read my original Tegu block review.
Perks of this Tegu Set:
This Tegu block set is smaller than other sets, but Cedar still loved it. He really liked that the blocks came in a handy travel pouch which as he said, “Means I can take it in the car.” Although small, this set allows for an insane amount of creative structures, plus requires critical thinking on your child’s part to make various structures with just 8 blocks. Cedar came up with many designs including some that seemed to defy gravity – like the structure shown above.
Cedar really liked the geometric shapes of these blocks because they allowed for some really cool designs and reminded him of, “Math shapes.” He’s way into math. We both liked the jungle colors too.
The blocks come packaged in a beautiful, industrial felt pouch, which is 100% adorable and actually held the blocks in when on-the-go. Each set also includes a card with information about Tegu’s social and environmental initiatives.
Tegu – great for all ages:
When we tested the larger Tegu set, I had my own son who was 9 years old or so at the time test it, plus two four year old girls and a toddler. Although Tegu suggests not letting younger kids play with these, due to the embedded magnets (there’s always a chance the blocks could break) I did let my sister’s toddler play with these and he adored them. Of course we supervised the toddler, but he was enchanted with how the blocks stuck together and stuck to the fridge and he played with them for hours – this is awesome since hours of play is unusual for any toddler toy.
Although the younger kids were hard on the blocks, they’re still in great shape. No amount of chewing, pounding, knocking together or tossing seemed to damage or break these blocks.
The older kids were equally impressed and delighted that their structures stayed put once built. Cedar who is now 11 years old said that he thinks these are a cool toy for even older kids (and he’s picky). Even adults I know are impressed with how cool these blocks are. One of the four year old girls who tested Tegu for me, got a bit crazed when anyone else tried to play – she was so into them, she wanted all of them for herself.
Overall, we think Tegu blocks span the age groups nicely. No matter if your kids are young or older, they’ll like Tegu blocks, and what’s even better is you’ll like them too. This is not a boring toy for adults, so finally you can play more with your kids.
One of the main reasons Tegu blocks scored a four, not a five in the previous review was due to price. At $75+ a pop, these sets are way too expensive for most green families. Obviously you have to consider price when looking at green products, because sustainable and safe toys (like all safe, ethical and sustainable products) cost more to make – however, still the price for a full Tegu set is extremely high for families.
This new set is much more affordable yet still really fun. Something cool about the smaller sets is the ability to mix-and-match for more fun. For example, if you bought the Prism set now, later on you could add a couple more travel sets (like the travel tint set or travel mahogany set) and your child would have more blocks to work with, but without you having to spend too much cash at once.
4.5 little tree. As noted, the basic Tegu blocks only scored 4 little trees because one, they’re not made locally and two they were too expensive for many families. I popped the score up half a point for this new Prism set due to a much lower price point and because although lower priced, my son still had a ton of fun playing with these.
If you’re going to be on a road trip this summer or flying somewhere the Tegu Pocket Pouch Prism is the perfect take-along safe and fun toy. It’s also fun at home and you can add other travel sets to increase the design and fun factor.
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