Magnetic

STEM Blocks

The Screen-free Toy for Learning Playfully

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Award-winning magnetic wooden blocks for ages 3-8 years.

Reduce child screen time

Watch your child growing smarter

Quality time with your child

Pre-Order TODAY

Ships in November 2020

Last year, we ran our first pre-order campaign to launch our magnetic STEM Blocks. The campaign was a smashing success! We sold nearly 400 kits in just two weeks. All orders were delivered on schedule and before the holidays. Read our customer reviews to hear what they are saying about our kits.

Now, you too can pre-order Kontu® STEM Blocks.

While the factory in Thailand is busy making our product, we are taking pre-orders and offering EXTRA PERKS not available with standard purchase. Get yours now before they sell out!

Choose your bundle

Let's Go Bigger

30 piece kit

extra perks

Available with Pre-Order only!

1 x Bonus Card Pack
(0-20, standard operators)

Cotton Storage Tote
(fair trade organic cotton)

$79

valued at $99

*Shipping Not Included

Super Mega Awesome!

Most Popular Kit

50 piece kit

extra perks

Available with Pre-Order only!

1 x Bonus Card Pack
(0-20, standard operators)

Cotton Storage Tote
(fair trade organic cotton)

$109

VALUED AT $129

*Shipping Not Included

Hello Kontu

20 piece kit

extra perks

Available with Pre-Order only!

1 x Bonus Card Pack
(0-20, standard operators)

$55

VALUED AT $59

*Shipping Not Included

Offer EXTENDED to OCT 1st!

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While Supplies Last • Quantities Limited • US, Canada & Select EU* Shipping Only

Shipments outside of the US will incur local import taxes and duties in addition to shipping charges. These import fees will not be charged at checkout but will be processed prior to or upon delivery of your shipment.

7 Activities

Children just can't resist the pull of our patent-pending magnetic blocks, cards, and activities. Two-sided number and activity cards start your child on the road to numeracy and math positivity. Seven activities range from stacking & counting to counterbalance and "taking away."

These blocks are so versatile, families frequently post to Instagram the NEW activities they have created!

Happy Customers

Such a beautifully made product with lots of possibilities for open ended play. We have used them for simple maths counting but also in our imagery small world play for hay bales. We love our set!

— erryn s.

I purchased this for my second grader who is having a little trouble learning math facts and concepts. I’m so glad I ordered the large kit! Kontu is the PERFECT visual and manipulative to help with understanding part/whole and learning math facts with better speed.

— summer c.

These new and exciting wooden toys have been an instant success in our classroom! The children are enjoying the magnet feature and are using them in many ways! Thank you for designing an excellent product!

— PAOLA

We love our Kontu STEM blocks! The wood is so smooth to touch and the magnets have exactly the right strengths. Patrick was also so helpful while ordering. A definite recommendation :)

— A HAPPY PARENT

Kontu STEM blocks are a wonderful addition to our toys! The activities naturally lend themselves to rich conversations about parts and wholes, comparing numbers, and benchmark numbers. They are a noticeably higher quality than most toys on the market. I know they will be part of our STEM activities for years to come.

— nelly

My daughter loves her Kontu set. She’s just starting to grasp numbers and counting, she loved doing the activity cards together with me, while having fun with balance and stacking. Thank you!

— a happy parent

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EXTRA PERKS

Bonus Card Park

The bonus card pack contains thirty (30) two-sided cards for the numbers 0-20, standard operators, and special shape cards to give your child additional ways to explore numbers. These cards are not included in our standard kits and are only available now as a bonus perk if you pre-order STEM Blocks.

Like the cards that come standard in all of our kits, they are double-ply laminated card stock and stand up to heavy use.

*Included in: All bundles

Bonus Card Pack

The bonus card pack contains thirty (30) two-sided cards for the numbers 0-20, standard operators, and special shape cards to give your child additional ways to explore numbers. These cards are not included in our standard kits and are only available now as a bonus perk if you pre-order STEM Blocks.

Like the cards that come standard in all of our kits, they are double-ply laminated card stock and stand up to heavy use.

*Included in: All bundles

Organic Cotton Tote

If you order either of our two larger bundles, you'll receive a GOTS Certified organic fair-trade cotton storage tote. This fashionable tote holds all the blocks and cards of any kit.

When not being used to stow your STEM Blocks, the tote can be used by your child in imaginative play. "Let's play grocery store!"

*Included in: Let's Go Bigger and Super Mega Awesome!

Zoom Demo

In the Zoom demo, Patrick Greenwood, founder of Kontu and inventor of STEM Blocks, will give you a brief tour of the activities and answer any questions you may have. You'll also learn some of the as-yet-undocumented activities, cool ways that your child can learn while playing with our blocks.

The Zoom demo, of course, is completely optional. If it sounds fun to you, we'll be so happy to meet you!

*Included in: Super Mega Awesome!

Zoom Demo

In the Zoom demo, Patrick Greenwood, founder of Kontu and inventor of STEM Blocks, will give you a brief tour of the activities and answer any questions you may have. You'll also learn some of the as-yet-undocumented activities, cool ways that your child can learn while playing with our blocks.

The Zoom demo, of course, is completely optional. If it sounds fun to you, we'll be so happy to meet you!

*Included in: Super Mega Awesome!

A child's brain is 90% wired by 5 years old

Early math skills build strong learners

Playing is learning

3 Discoveries

As a new father in 2015, I became very curious about the brain development of my infant daughter. What was I supposed to do to support her in developing her full potential? My partner and I read lots of books and all of them emphasized literacy. So we started reading to our child when she was just 6-months-old. Yet, being a software engineer, I asked myself "What about math? When do we start and what do we do?" This initial question launched me into a years-long quest in which I made three astounding discoveries.

Did you know? Our children's brains form 90% of their neural connections by age five. Think of neural connections as the wires that connect the cells in the brain. These connections form the basis of the brain's architecture and have a fundamental impact on a child's emotional and cognitive functioning. When I read this I was blown away! This means that before our children even start formal schooling, they are already "wired-up." Whatever happens after this period simply builds upon these critical first five years.

I then delved into the academic research on the importance of early math experiences in early childhood. I discovered a highly cited research study pointed to early math skills at the start of Kindergarten as the strongest predictor of overall school success. Further studies I found pointed to the implications of early math skills on the likelihood of college entry. As a parent, I felt like I was in ground-breaking territory. Nothing I was reading in the parenting blogs talking about this research nor revealed a path forward for parents like myself who were interested in these issues.

Very fortunately, I was then exposed to the work of Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Rudolf Steiner. I'm not an expert in any of their philosophies, but my take-away from their years of work and dedication was that our young children learn best through engaging with the world around them and especially through playful experiences where they are lead by their interest and desire to experience and explore. Playing truly is learning.

With all of this research in mind, I looked for something that could help us engage our daughter's mind in these crucial areas. I found nothing tailored just for families, not online and not in toy stores. So I set out to create the thing we needed on our journey of raising our child. The result is Kontu® STEM Blocks.

Benefits

Kontu® STEM Blocks are the perfect toy to engage your young children in “stealth” learning during school uncertainty this year. These magnetic blocks provide fun and playful learning to children of many ages. As your child grows, the blocks support them at the different stages of their cognitive development.

The thoughtful design of the blocks and activities encourages both independent and parent-guided play. And they are completely screen-free, giving your child a break from screen-time.

STEM Blocks Can Be Used To:

  • explore magnetism
  • ​​learn to count
  • ​​learn to recognize numerals
  • ​​build structures
  • ​​explore weight, counterbalance, and spinning
  • develop operational thinking
  • and so much more!

STEM Blocks Can Be Used To:

  • explore magnetism
  • ​​learn to count
  • ​​learn to recognize numerals
  • ​​build structures
  • ​​explore weight, counterbalance, and spinning
  • playfully explore arithmetic
  • and so much more!

Sustainability

Our children will inherit the planet as we have left it to them. As a company, we feel it is our responsibility to create products that are good for our children today as well as tomorrow.

Kontu® STEM Blocks are made in Thailand from the wood of the Para rubber tree. Formerly a waste product that would be burned at the end of its lifespan, rubberwood is now harvested and turned into other products, like our toys! And new trees are planted in place of those removed.

Make an Impact

By pre-ordering, you are directly helping children in need. Kontu will donate a portion of each sale to U.S. nonprofits that support equitable early childhood education.