About Polydron

Reasons to choose Polydron?

Innovative & Award Winning Products

Distribution hubs are now fully operational in the UK, Europe and the USA to reduce our carbon footprint and save on costs

We test to all relevant toy safety standards: safety is the key driver throughout our product development

Pedagogically proven resources: trusted by teachers, our resources are educationally sound

Resources for lifelong learning: engages all ages, at every stage of development

About Polydron

When Edward Harvey invented the original squares and triangles that snapped together to help the formation of cubes and prisms in the early 1970s, he had little idea that nearly 50 years later children around the world would still be enjoying the innovation. Edward's son, Ronan realised the potential of this wonderful and unique tool, and marketed it to the education fraternity. This innovative tool has grown in popularity and has helped and inspired millions of children around the world.

The present custodian of Polydron, Richard Hardstaff, is as passionate about Polydron as its inventor. He has overseen new innovations such as the new Magnetic and Giant ranges, which will continue to inspire and help educate children for many years to come. He has also played an important role in starting the company, Educational Advantage, which manufactures it's own unique products as well as acting as a key distribution partner for some select companies from around the world.

Today the Polydron team is a tight knit and dedicated unit who work from a modern facility in the Cotswolds within the UK. We are focused on giving the best possible service to all of our customers in a very competitive market place.

Team Members

The team is made up of:

Richard HardstaffManaging Director

Richard joined Polydron in 1984 and has been involved in every aspect of its development. He has transformed the company over the past fifteen years, introducing offshore manufacturing in three different worldwide locations, and continues to use his expertise and experience to introduce innovative new items to the Polydron portfolio of products. These new products have made their mark as essential and important additions to classrooms around the globe. He has also played a key role in building Polydron's valuable worldwide brand. His experience ensures that Polydron's future is secure and in safe hands.

Cyril DowlingSales Director

Cyril manages all sales matters and has been the face of the company around the globe since 2004. He has become well-known and trusted in the industry and has clocked up many many air miles in helping to build the business in all corners of the world.

Darren BellSales Director, Educational Advantage and Polydron

Darren joined the company in 2012, initially to work in the UK, but such was his enthusiasm and energy for the job that it was quickly recognised that his unique and tireless approach would be better served in an international role. He has excelled in establishing a rapport with our customers around the world and has brought many qualities to the company, including contributing new product ideas and helping to grow the business continually with his knowledge and approach. Darren took up the position of Sales Director in 2018.

Hannah HoskinsSenior Marketing Executive

Hannah joined in 2015 as an apprentice in Business Administration and quickly became a valuable asset to the company. She has shown a willingness to learn and develop her skills and has shown a keen interest in marketing. The role of marketing executive was a natural progression, and has seen her thrive to become a regular at trade fairs and a leading light in our social media profile. Alongside marketing Hannah is also responsible for our sales support.

Tracy HadlandAdministrator

Tracy has been with the company since 2002 and has become a vital part of the whole operation. She has spent time in most departments, learning and contributing a great deal towards the company’s success. Her commitment and enthusiasm make her an essential part of the organisation. Her knowledge and experience have helped us through the transformation of moving our production from the UK to offshore.

Jamie BrookesLogistics Manager

Since Jamie joined the company in 2010 he has quickly established himself as an important member of the management team. His flexibility commitment and enthusiasm have contributed a huge amount. The company has enjoyed continual growth during his time and Jamie has adapted at every point to ensure that our warehouse team can meet the ever-increasing demand.

Laura ManningMarketing Assistant

Laura joined the company in 2022. This is her first post in a marketing position and she has grown into the role, and become an accomplished and valued member of the team. Her enthusiasm and her energetic and positive approach to the job has helped the company to stay on course in the ever fluid modern day demands of marketing.


We have won numerous awards for design and excellence:

Creative Play Awards 2023

Award Winning Translucent KinderMag

Translucent KinderMag was the winner in the Creative Play Awards 2023 Toys and Games – Indoor (0-3 years) category.

Creative Play Awards 2021

Award Winning Polydron HashMag

Polydron HashMag was a 4 Star Award Winner in the Creative Play Awards 2021.

Teach Early Years Awards 2020

Award Winning My First Polydron Gears

My First Polydron Gears was a 3 Star Award Winner in the Teach Early Years Awards 2020 Early Exploration category.

Teach Early Years Awards 2020

Award Winning Solid Magnetic Polydron

Solid Magnetic Polydron was a 3 Star Award Winner in the Teach Early Years Awards 2020 Creative Play category.

Creative Play Awards 2020

Award Winning My First Polydron Gears

My First Polydron Gears was Highly Commended in the Creative Play Awards 2020.

European Product Design Award

Award Winning Solid Magnetic Polydron

Solid Magnetic Polydron received an honorable mention in the European Product Design Awards 2020.

Teachers' Choice Award

Award Winning My First Polydron

My First Polydron won the Learning Magazine 2019 Teachers' Choice Award for TCA Preschool.

Teachers' Choice Award

Award Winning Giant Polydron

Giant Polydron won the 2012 Teachers' Choice Award.

The Teachers' Choice Awards recognise excellence in class room products.

Teachers' Choice Award

Award Winning Magnetic Polydron

Magnetic Polydron won the 2012 Teachers' Choice Award.

The Teachers' Choice Awards recognise excellence in class room products.

Parents' Choice Award

Award Winning Original Polydron Engineer

Polydron Engineer won the Parents' Choice Award in 2007.

Design Council, Spiel Gut and What Toy logos

Award Winning Original Polydron

Our products have been award winning for decades. We are delighted that Original Polydron, our first product, was awarded the Design Council Award in 1985.

Original Polydron also won the Spiel Gut Award.

Original Polydron also won the What Toy Award in 1989/90 for Best Construction Toy.

The Environment

We were certified to ISO14001 in 2020.

Our products are BPA free. The infographic below shows how we are constantly striving to improve our environmental impact.

Polydron & The Environment

Quality & Safety

We are very proud of our excellent safety record. Safety is our main priority and is foremost in the design of all our products.

We have strict quality standards for manufacturing and Polydron is ISO9001-2015 registered.

Our products are independently tested to: EN71, ASTM American and AS/NZ Safety Standards. Certificates are available on request.

How to clean your Polydron

Our products are designed with hygiene and cleanliness in mind.

Keeping your Polydron clean

Hand Wash


The following product ranges can be hand washed in warm water with a mild sterilising detergent:

  • Original Polydron
  • Original Crystal Polydron
  • Giant Polydron
  • XL Polydron
  • Giant Octoplay
Dishwasher Safe

Dishwasher Safe

The following product ranges can be washed in a dishwasher up to 70° Celsius or 158° Fahrenheit:

  • Original Polydron
  • Original Crystal Polydron
  • Original Polydron Frameworks
  • Original Polydron Sphera
Alcohol Based Sanitiser

Sterilise with Alcohol Based Sanitiser

All of our product ranges including our best-selling Magnetic Polydron, our My First Polydron range and our Giant and XL Polydron ranges can be wiped clean with an alcohol based sanitizer and a clean cloth.