Saturday, May 15, 2010

Product Review: Skip Hop Funky Farmyard Activity Mat

I've been getting a lot of compliments on Andrew's farm animal activity mat since I posted video of him playing on it... so I figured I'd write a review!

The Skip Hop Funky Farmyard Activity Mat is one of my favorite items off of my Babies R Us shower registry. Andrew's nursery is farm-themed, and my husband and I fancy ourselves future farmers (ha!), so it was a perfect fit!

Skip Hop Activity Mat
The mat is ridiculously simple to set up and deconstruct for machine washing and folds in half (even with the soft toy bars connected) for storage. It comes with five hanging toys (a cow mirror; a musical lamb; and bunny, pig and rooster rattles) and the mat itself has play features such as a squeaky cow, a furry lamb, a detachable carrot, and a crinkly winged chicken. There are also extra toy hooks so that you can hang your own (see blue lion above with Andrew).

The only downside to the mat is that it is $59.99 at both BRU and Amazon! Sure, that's a pretty standard price for activity mats these days, but I can't help thinking that they should go for much cheaper...

In any case, Andrew loves his farmyard mat now that he is grabbing and rolling, so I would have picked it up for him even if it wasn't so generously gifted to me. There are some infant toys that are superfluous, but, in my opinion, a playmat is not one of them. We'll be playing with this mat for a good long time!