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Are you already shopping for Christmas gifts this year? I know I am. It is literally the only way we stay sane during the holidays and it allows me to space out our spending over a few months and not just all at once. I know we are just getting to talking about fall festivities and fun, but Christmas is definitely already on my mind.
As we are redoing our basement to make it more functional and play-oriented for Ollie and our new baby on the way, I have been on the hunt for something that would help encourage imaginary playtime. There are tons of options out there for girls. Tea sets, kitchens, dolls to place house, you name it… however, I sort of feel like the options for boys are much imaginary-oriented. I want Ollie to have all of the dreams possible at hand and truly believe that helping facilitate imagination at playtime encourages this.
The Happyville Smart Mat by PlaSmart was just the special toy that I had been looking for, and would make a great Christmas gift for someone in your family!
The Smart Mat is a soft multi-purpose play mat made from coated EVA foam, suitable for kids of all ages. The first thing that stood out was the Smart Mat’s large size. I was so excited to see in real life what ground an 78″ x 46″ play mat would cover. For a mom with one very active toddler and another on the way, this is great for the future siblings to share without climbing all over one another. It is also great for moms who want to keep their baby on a clean, defined area, because this serves as a great alternative to spreading out a blanket. It is also super suitable for playrooms, story time, snack time, picnics, the beach, backyard, and even classrooms.
The play mat offers a fun colorful space for imaginary and small world play. There are roads, a school, a car wash, fire stations, hospitals, and PlaSmart’s headquarters to visit through the Happyville “town”. Ollie, who is 15 months now, is loving taking his trucks all over town for a little visit, and I am so encouraged to know that there is so many years of play with this mat. As he gets older, he will be able to create “worlds” of his own, with people and storylines to navigate through the “town”. He will also be able to work on driving on the roads… which is definitely something that we have not quite picked up on yet.
The great news is if you plan on taking the Smart Mat on the road with you this holiday season, you’ll be glad to know that it is durable yet light weight. Plus, you can wipe it down to clean after each use super easily. And with a little boy who always find a way to make a mess, spill water, or step on a puff and allow it to crumble all over, that’s a major plus! Also, because it is so lightweight, it is easy to roll up for storage when not in use, and I do not have to have the husband’s help carrying it from floor to floor in our home even with this growing pregnant belly, weighing only 2 pounds!
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