As many of you know, I don't have any babies in my home, so I "borrowed" one for this review of the I-Mat from Creative Baby. This is a really neat learning product for babies 18 months and up. Our little friend E is just at 18 months and he had so much fun exploring the I-Mat. We did have to keep his siblings from joining him, as they thought it was really nice too!
The I-Mat itself is one of those spongy feeling mats that comes in four pieces that connects like a puzzle. This makes it nice and soft for your young one to explore. We received the My Animal World, but there is also an Under the Sea mat available also. The mat is extremely colorful and has animals from all over depicted on it. From farm animals to jungle animals. The next thing you need after your I-Mat is put together is the special voice pen (This requires 2 AAA batteries that are not included.) After you have the batteries in place turn on your voice pen, at which time a little blue light will flash. Now, be sure to read the directions, because we just started touching the mat and could not understand why it was not working. You need to tap your pen lightly on the on/off mark on your I-Mat. Next choose the language you need. The mat has English, Spanish and Chinese, so yes, your child could also learn a foreign language. We of course choice English first.
Allow your child to explore the mat, lightly tapping the voice pen on the different animals. The pen will give the name of the animal. make the sound of the animal, and then play a little tune. E loved this! He had help from his oder sister D and of course his brother S (5 years old) wanted to join in. E wasn't so sure he wanted to share with S.
Look at the big smile on his face as he explores the I-Mat with his voice pen. Sometimes he used the voice pen and sometimes he was just enjoying looking at the colorful mat.
As you can see in the picture below he also decided to use the voice pen as a phone. He also discovered quite quickly that when you push the larger button the voice pen will tell you goodbye. After that it was hard to convince him it was not a phone!
By the end of the visit S had control of the voice pen. He laid there for quite some time on his stomach, exploring the whole mat.
We did experiment with the different languages. The older children enjoyed hearing the names of the animals in Chinese. We did not experiment with any of the games or advances as little E is not ready for them yet, but if E has as much fun with the games as he did exploring the mat he will get many hours of pleasure out of the I-Mat. Oh, before I forget, the voice pen also works as a recorder.
Here is information from the website:
You can purchase the I-Mat on the Creative Baby website for $79.99 plus shipping. You can also purchase the items separately. This is a very good gift idea with the holidays fast approaching!
See you soon neighbors!
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive product for review purposes. All quotes in red are from the sponsor's website or email. All thoughts and opinions are my own.