What It Is
The i-Mat is an innovative item designed to grow with your child. This soft and colorful foam mat is made of four soft interlocking sections. When it's put together, it measures four feet by four feet. It comes with an accompanying Voice Pen that brings the mat to life. The My Animal World i-Mat is the first themed mat in the series. It features full-color illustrations of more than 50 animals from around the world with the names of the animals in nearby clouds.
To activate the mat, turn on the pen, point to the on/off button on the mat, then choose your language by touching the pen to the flag on the top of the mat. There are three languages to choose from: English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. We think the addition of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese is really cool. Little ones can then explore the mat, first with parents' help and then eventually on their own, to hear animal names, sounds, and music. Once kids are a little older, there are two games to play. Game 1 is Beginner mode where you're asked to find an animal on the mat. Game 2 is a bit more advanced, and you're asked to find the animal by the sound it makes or the habitat it lives in. The pen then tells you if you got the answer correct or if you should try again. If you continue to get the answer wrong, it eventually just moves on to a different question. It would be nice if it indicated what the correct answer was, but that's really a minor thing. This mat is fun for kids to crawl around or sit on and just explore.
Why It’s Fun
While the i-Mat does serve a practical purpose of softening the floor, it was really designed to give little ones their own electronic device. This toy is practical while also being educational and fun. This mat is a great way to learn a new language, play games, or just entertain toddlers with the bright colors, fun animals, and sounds.
Who It’s For
i-Mat My Animal World is for ages 18 months and up.
What To Be Aware Of
The i-Mat is phthalate-, lead-, and heavy metal-free, and there are no electronics in the mat itself. Only the pen is electronic. The mat easily wipes clean.
The Voice Pen requires two AAA batteries.
While this i-Mat does come with the Voice Pen, you can purchase another pen separately to allow several children to play with the same mat at the same time. i-Mats with different themes such as My Alphabet and Under The Sea are also available and sold separately.