Play This Way – Review & Giveaway

by Melanie Roberts

in Christmas Toy Guide, Product Review

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.

Melanie a/k/a Crazy Mom is a mother of three, a Kindergarten Princess, and two Teen Boys. She loves to review products and tell the world about a good product as well as give savings tips and ideas on how to budget, save with coupons and create yummy family recipes that are cheap and flavorful as well as many DIY items around the home.
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{ 148 comments }

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

I learned that the mat is shaped so that the child can sit inside and see the entire mat.

Thank you so much for the entry,

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:50 am

I am a gfc public follower as Nikki Davis.

Thank you,

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

I signed up for Play this way newsletter, entry 1.

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

I signed up for Play this way newsletter, entry 2.

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:58 am

I follow you on twitter, nikkidavis05.

Thank you,

Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 7:59 am
Nikki Davis November 13, 2010 at 8:01 am

I am an email subscriber.

Thank you,

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

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!

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

I follow Play This Way on Twitter (mail4rosey) and I tweeted the message:

http://twitter.com/#!/mail4rosey/status/3444091824111616

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

I signed up for the Play This Way newsletter.

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

I signed up for the Play This Way newsletter x2

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

I am an e-mail subscriber.

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

I follow on GFC (mail4rosey).

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

I follow you on Twitter (mail4rosey).

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

I follow you on Facebook (Sarah Smile).

Rosey November 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

I follow Play This Way on Facebook (Sarah Smile) and I left a comment under your post.

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Rosey November 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

I follow Play This Way on Facebook (Sarah Smile) and I left a comment under your post.

msurosey@yahoo.com

#2

kathy p November 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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 :)

kathy p November 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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Kellie Conklin November 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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!

Kellie Conklin November 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I follow via google friend connect (kconklin1028), thanks!

Kellie Conklin November 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Im subscribed to your email, thanks!

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I follow you on facebook (mrstinareynolds)

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I follow on gfc,

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I signed up for the play the way newsletter 1/2 eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I signed up for the play the way newsletter 2/2 eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I signed up for the email eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds November 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I follow you on twitter @mrstinareynolds

Gianna November 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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

Gianna November 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’m an email subscriber.

Gianna November 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’m a GFC Follower.

Gianna November 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I subscribed to the Play This Way newsletter.

Miranda Ward
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November 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I learned its for all ages of children
I really would like this as my youngest daughter hasn’t started school yet and I would love to give her a head start.

freebiegoddess03@aol.com
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Michelle H. November 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I learned that it grows with your child.

Michelle H. November 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

1. Email subscriber.

Michelle H. November 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm

2. Email subscriber.

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

tweet
http://twitter.com/purplepassion12/status/3590464636719106

Also, I forgot to mention why I want to win in my first entry. I would love to win this so my niece can get a head start on learning.

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:37 pm

following on google friend connect as purplepassion126

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Sign up for Play This Way Newsletter
#1

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Signed up for Play This Way Newsletter
#2

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

signed up for your email

Cassandra November 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

following you on twitter as purplepassion12

Holly G. November 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

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!

dawn November 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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.

mightynaynay(at)cs.com

dawn November 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

gfc follower
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