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Tegu Pocket Pouch Reviewed: Travel magnetic blocks

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 15, 2022

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Compact with a soft cover so that everything does not get lost in the child's suitcase, hand luggage or in the car seat. The Tegu pocket pouch is one of my favorite travel toys.

They are strong magnetic blocks that you can build anything with.

Tegu Pocket Pouch Reviewed

From Tegu you have many more sets with all kinds of different types of blocks, wheels and more, but with this pocket pouch you have a handy travel building set.

Best Magnetic Toys for Travel
Tegu pocket pocket
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7.6
Toy score
Magnet
4.1
Replayable
3.2
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Wooden blocks with magnets encourage hand feeling and building too
  • Soft sleeve makes it easy to carry
Less good
  • It is a very small set with only a few blocks
  • Quite expensive

Let's look at the specs first:

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Specifications

  • Material: Wood
  • Construction method: Magnetic
  • Color: Multi
  • Educational Objective: Dexterity, Matching, Creative Thinking
  • Number of pieces: 6
  • Includes felt cover

What is the Tegu Pocket Pouch?

The Tegu Pocket Pouch is a 3D tangram puzzle made of 6 wooden blocks. The blocks are magnetic so they stick together and you can make different creations.

This pocket pouch version is nice and small and handy with a soft felt cover so that you can easily take the blocks with you.

What makes the Tegu Pocket Pouch fun?

Tegu has thought very carefully about the shapes of the blocks so that they naturally fit together seamlessly, but can also form a lot of different things.

It's quite a challenging puzzle. It's already hard to get them back in the case when you've played with them.

Of course that went well. But making shapes with it is also quite difficult.

Swan of tegu blocks

I had bought the blocks myself for traveling with our toddler. Easily something to hand that he can work with.

Funnily enough, most people buy this for their little kids to have something to do, when it's actually a tangram puzzle, probably meant for slightly older kids.

Still, we had a lot of fun playing with it while traveling.

The fact that they are wooden blocks with magnets in them is really cool.

We try to give as many wooden toys as possible and less plastic toys because it stimulates the senses more.

With safe paint and sustainable wood from Honduras, Tegu has succeeded beautifully in making quality toys.

There are many more sets of Tegu available and these will fit that as well. It is a nice set for traveling, but otherwise you better buy another variant.

Best Magnetic Toys for Travel

Tegupocket pocket

Compact with a soft cover so that not everything gets lost in the suitcases or hand luggage. The Tegu pocket pouch is one of my favorite travel toys.

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What are the disadvantages of the Tegu Pocket Pouch?

There are not that many blocks so the possibilities may be a bit limited at a certain point, but you can actually build so much with them.

A toddler likes it because it clicks together nicely, but after that it is actually a bit too difficult for toddlers.

It is nice to buy for a small toddler, or for a school child. In between I would choose another magnetic toy or another set from Tegu.

The wooden blocks bring magnet toys much closer to nature than plastic tiles, but they are also very expensive.

The building blocks are very sturdy, but it is wood. After a lot of play, the corners are getting a bit weathered:

Tegu Pocket Pouch corners

Also read: we've reviewed the best magnet toys

Tegu Pocket Pouch alternatives

Magformers

Best overall magnetic toy

MagformersBasic Set Line

Toddlers love to discover what you can do with it while playing, but also at a later age there are much more difficult things to build.

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For me, the Tegu blocks are a nice addition to a house with many wooden toys. It's just really, really well made and taking wood and building with it is kind of a natural experience.

The Tegu blocks are very expensive, a lot more expensive than for example Magna Tiles or other magnetic tiles that are made entirely of plastic, plus they really only get fun when you have more of them.

The Tegu pocket pouch is fun for travel, but we don't play with it much because there are also magnet tiles where you get a lot more right away.

Want to make big builds with Tegu like you can with Magna Tiles or the Basic Set from Magformers (reviewed here), then you really have to spend a lot of money on it.

Melissa & Doug wooden blocks

Best cheap wooden toys brand

Melissa & DougWooden building blocks

Their own children play an important role in the development of Melissa and Doug's toys. An idealistic couple with passion make beautiful and solid toys for a good price.

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It may not be a magnetic toy, but these wooden blocks from Melissa & Doug give a lot of fun on a small budget.

You immediately get a whole box full of brightly colored building blocks, so if you are not going on a trip and you still have a toddler, then this is a very good alternative to the trendy magnetic blocks from Tegu.

Conclusion

A really nice set for traveling, for example we took it on the plane in the hand luggage but can also be very nice for in the car. Do that with any other building set!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.