Play This Way – Review & Giveaway

I just love to find products that are both fun and beneficial and this U Play Mat System  from Play it This Way is just that. This product is not only invented by a pediatrician but she is also a MOM(!!).. You know I love products from Mom for Mom.. Mom’s Rock and  know what our little ones need.

I was offered a review of the U Play Mat Starter set and couldn’t wait to get it in. There are soo many possibilities. So all you Homeschooling Mommies, or teachers and everyone in between listen up, this item is just awesome.

This is what I got ( minus the child…that’s my Toddler…*smile*)

The starter set includes:

1  – U shaped Mat with 15 clear pockets on its surface. The mat is 4 feet wide, and 3 feet deep. The innovative “U” shape allows the child to sit inside the opening of the “U” with full access to the 15 pockets.

1 -Accompanying tote bag. There are eight pockets allowing for all available card decks to be easily carried with the U-Play Mat in the tote bag. The tote is lightweight, surface washable

1 Set of Animal Cards

1 Set of Food Cards

You can check this set out on Play it This Way and also check out the video for  Play This Way Everyday for more information.

When I first saw this product I couldn’t even imagine the possibilities this would give me. The product  will help your child learn in so many ways.  My favorite is that I can teach my daughter German with this system ( or any language you like). The cards are simple, no words on the cards at all so it can be adapted into any language you like. We tried it and my daughter from the minute we sat down was able to repeat the names of the animals after I had told her the name in German. She matched the cards like a memory game, each set of cards comes with 2 cards per set. There are 10 games that each card set has to offer, or you can make up your own.

There are lot of ways you can play with this, like a memory game, or just match the item, or come up with your very own routine.

My daughter enjoyed very much seeing each card in the clear pocket in front of her, she had a ball sitting in the U shaped matt and she stayed focused for almost an hour (!!) before I told her we need to go and stop playing. She probly would still sit there.

We have this product a little over a week now and she has asked every single day to play with this. This is a simple item, no batteries , no Fancy writing,  no wisels and bells, but it is a HUGE hit in my house.

The System also comes with a little Booklet, which can be downloaded here for review, it has a lot of great tips and ideas on how to use the Play This Way System  in your everyday life during playtime.

The Play this Way System is really a great product for almost any age group starting I would say 12 month with some simple language / recognition like “Where is the Elephant” or “This is a Bear” to at least Pre -Kindergarten or even Special needs Children would benefit greatly from this System, it is simple yet a lot of fun.

Overall just an awesome product, and my favorite part like mentioned above is that I can use it in different languages. It is so hard to find items that I can use to teach a different language and this alone made it a winner. What a wonderful product. Thank you Play this Way team for allowing me to review such an awesome product for you.

Play this Way also will offer each of my readers  10% off  your order PLUS FREE SHIPPING if you use code CRAZYMOM10 go check out their store HERE. You know I love coupons and FREE shipping, so this is an awesome deal, check it out.

Now I have awesome news, Play this Way has agreed to give one of my readers this wonderful Starter set (value of $50.00). I’m so excited and honored to host this giveaway, thank you Play This Way for this gracious offer.

Giveaway Rules

Mandatory Entry:

Go to Play This Way and let me know what you learned about this Play Mat and WHY you like to win

Extra Entries:

1. Follow Play This way on Twitter and tweet I love the U-Play Mat to @playthisway ( 1 entry

2. Follow me on Facebook ( 1 entry)

3. Follow me on Network Blog OR Google Friend Connect ( 1 entry)

4. Blog about this Giveaway ( 10 entries)

5.  Sign up for Play This Way Newsletter ( 2 entries)

6. Sign up for my e-mail ( 1 entry)

7. Follow me on Twitter ( 1 entry)

8.  Follow Play This Way on Facebook and leave a comment on their page UNDER my review posting ( 2 entries)

Please leave one comment per entry, Giveaway will end 11/13 @ 9PM EST; US Only.

Play This Way provided me with the the Starter Set  for my review and the Starter Set for my winner.   No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100 % my own.


  1. Rosey says

    I learned that the U-Play Mat has been safety tested using the highest quality international laboratories. Product evaluations and reviews of the U-Play Mat have been fabulous!

    I would like to win because I have a child the perfect age to really enjoy this.

    Thank you!

  2. kathy p says

    Dr. Jen is a widely recognized expert in child safety issues. This mat was developed with careful thought into materials, size and structure. There are rounded card edges (no poking), and there are no small parts or strings. All Play This Way Every Day products are designed and tested according to applicable rules and regulations. In the U.S., this includes acts enforced by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and those defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

    I would love this for my niece :)

  3. Kellie Conklin says

    I love that they are working on an instruction manual for children with special needs and that each card pack has ten games to go with it. Awesome idea for learning, thanks for the giveaway!

  4. tina reynolds says

    My daughter would love this she would play with it for hours thanks for the chance to win I learned that they are a doctor toy best toy award winner and are safety tested and certified

  5. Gianna says

    U-Play Mat has been safety tested using the highest quality international laboratories. I would like to win this for my twins.

  6. Cassandra says

    The pockets are designed to be slightly larger than the cards, allowing for the cards to be placed and removed easily.

  7. Holly G. says

    I learned that it was created by a pediatrician. I’d like to win it because I think it’s a great interactive learning tool!

  8. dawn says

    I learned that the U-Play Mat has been safety tested using the highest quality international laboratories. Product evaluations and reviews of the U-Play Mat have been fabulous!

    This would be great for my twins since they are at a perfect age for this.



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