ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Family and Parenting»
  • Babies & Baby Care

Kids Love Alphabet Foam Playmats!

Updated on May 7, 2013

Colorful Puzzle Mats for Babies and Toddlers!

If you consider buying a carpet for your kids room, I would warmly recommend to consider the alphabet foam playmats in the form of puzzles!

I have bought 2 sets of these colorful puzzle mats for our girl when she was 10 months old. She is over 3 years old now, but she still finds new ways to use them - a simple puzzle foam pieces, in my girl's hands, gets transformed into numerous new games! And keeps her busy for hours!

Simple ways to play, like separating them and pushing out the letters and numbers will help with your kid's early motor skills, and soon enough they will be able to put them back together all by themselves!

Parents Also Love Foam Playmats!

Foam Playmats have some great features:

  • These mats are washable!
  • No need to have headache how to remove spilled juice from them - simply rinse them with water!
  • Colorful puzzles
  • All basic colors are included! This gives extra color to every kid's playroom!
  • They are durable!
  • They are practically unbreakable. Kids can toss them around all they want. And since they are really light-weighted, there is small risk they will break something!
  • No safety risk!
  • Both materials used for foam production and mats by itself are safe for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • No slipping!
  • These mats are great for hardwood floors. Really small chance for kid to slip while walking or crawling on this mats.
  • Cushioned surface!
  • They are soft but not too much - just enough for kids not to get hurt if they fall on it.

Puzzle Playmats Don't Get Boring With Time!

Kids and parents can always come up with new games for these colorful puzzles!

When we bought these, our girl was only 10 months old. She was too little to play with these puzzles. So, we used them as safe space for her to sit, crawl and play. We used to put cushions around her and give her few toys so she could play with them. Since she was already on the floor, there was no risk of falling from bed or some other high place.

When your baby gets a bit older, you might consider buying something like the Little Playzone with Sounds and Lights. You can put the foam puzzles underneath and have a safe place once your baby starts crawling. It will also act as a support as they try to stand on their feet.

Friendly Toys Little Playzone with Electronic Lights and Sounds
Friendly Toys Little Playzone with Electronic Lights and Sounds

There are lots of things to see and do: the activity board has colorful spinning balls, a play phone and light-up musical keyboard. A swinging hinged door with safety lock gives parents easy access to children. Quick and easy assembly and disassembly for compact storage. Great for indoor/outdoor use. Instruction sheet included.


Playing with colorful foam puzzles

When my girl spotted puzzles for real for the 1st time, she found fun game in pushing letters out of puzzles. She could do this for long period of time... until there were no more letters in their places!

After that, we started making cubes out of them and putting those cubes into towers. She didn't really know how to put cube together, mommy did that for start, but she had fun putting one on top of another and building a high towers. And adored to make tower fall apart! Since these puzzles are really light, there was no danger that she'll hurt herself if they fall on her head.

These days we are learning to hop and recognize different colors. And we use this playmat for that purpose! I have put puzzles together making sure that same color pieces are not next one to another. I tell her the color and she hops from one piece to another. She finds this really entertaining! :)

You can practice letters and numbers with these puzzles! Kids love it!

Have you bought one for your kid?

What do you think of it? Would you recommend it to other parents? And why?

Would Love to Hear About Your Experience... - with foam puzzle playmat!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens. You did a fantastic job!

      One squid thumbs up vote issued for this lens :)

    • profile image

      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      We have something similar. I invented a game similar to twister where the kids have to spell out four letter words by putting their hands and feet on the correct letters.

    • pacrapacma lm profile image

      pacrapacma lm 7 years ago

      I think these mats are great. I just lensrolled this to all my teaching to read lenses.

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      We got ours from K-mart (see comment below). I contacted K-mart and they got back to me and said they have done testing and the ones they sell (in Australia at least) do not contain formamide. Thanks for your comments!

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous idea! Great teaching tool. Containing chemicals...hmm, that's something for me to check into. Thanks for the info...

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      Ones made in China are banned in France and Belgium and frozen in Australia while safety studies are going on.

    • profile image

      anonymous 7 years ago

      Has anyone heard about these mats containing dangerous chemicals (carcinogenic with prolonged exposure)? It was on the news here in Australia the other day (apparently they were being banned in Belgium and France?) but now I can't find anything online about it. We have two of the mats, and our son LOVES it. But now we are worried!

    • athomemomblog profile image

      Genesis Davies 7 years ago from Guatemala

      We had one of these when my oldest son was a baby. It was perfect since we have tile floors . . . we did the same as you and put cushions around him and sat him on the foam. He loved it and stayed safe! Well, until he started crawling.

    • Senora M profile image

      Senora M 7 years ago

      We don't have one of these. Might be the only toy on the planet Nana hasn't bought us! :) The boys used to have one at church, but the ladies there said that they would all just pull out the letters and never put them back. Maybe they were too young. Cool lens!

    • pacrapacma lm profile image

      pacrapacma lm 7 years ago

      I have a set. I think I got it at a hardware store. I'm not sure of the brand. My kids loved them too. They liked to line them up in abc order and run back and forth on the line. We have a long family room downstairs. They are boxed up now since my kids are older. They are great fun for young ones.

    • profile image

      aishu19 8 years ago

      I agree.. we had a smaller one when my kid was younger. It starts off safe and leads to many exciting games for them to discover!

    • groovyfind profile image

      Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      I love these things!

    • profile image

      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Great idea for a carpet. Wish they had these when my kids were young.

    • mysticmama lm profile image

      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      What fun, I always wanted something like those when my boys were little...maybe I'll get some for my grand daughter.

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very cool lens. These playmats look great for babies and toddlers.

    • profile image

      myraggededge 8 years ago

      I want some for me - and that playzone - what a great place to have a tantrum!

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      When your kids get a little older they can be a fun way to practice letter recognition and later on can be a fun learning center for practicing spelling words. In order to make it easier to spell words you might need to have a couple of sets of the alphabet to accommodate double letters.

      Lensrolled to Beginning Readers.

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      This are very neat and look safe for toddlers and babies! I have older kids now but I have some friends I'm going to suggest them to!

    • Holley Web profile image

      Holley Web 8 years ago

      My son used to love these! This is a surely a great toy for kids! All the daycare and pre-schools in this area have them and they are easy to sanitize! Love this!

    • profile image

      anonymous 8 years ago

      I bought the Disness Princess's ones for my Grankids. They love them, and use them for a variety of activities.