“ Brand: Argos / Type: Play Mats „
We were given this playmat for our youngest daughter by my Auntie who had given birth to my cousin a couple months before my daughter was born, as we didn't [ay for the mat I have no idea how much it was but you can currently buy it for about £15.
Being a hand me down the mat had no packaging but when I have seen them on sale they come packaged in a cardboard box. The mat is square and I would estimate that it was about 3/4 of a metre square so it was a decent size for a young baby and it is suitable to use from your baby being born.
The mat has a jungle theme as the name of it would suggest, the colours are mainly green, blue, orange and yellow so it is suitable for both boys and girls, I tend to like nice brightly coloured items but for all this is colourful I found the colours were a bit dull. The mat features 4 animals which are an elephant, a giraffe, a monkey and a lion.
The mat is nice and soft and has padding around the edges which provides a slight lip around the mat, the mat is suitable for your baby when they are tiny to lay on but as they get a little bigger there are little activities on the mat such as a little mirror to look in at the top of the mat and then also inside the lions mouth, the nose of the lion squeaks, there are some crinkle patches on the flowers and then there is a rattle in the giraffe.
We used to lay Emily on this mat when we wanted her to have some tummy time which she hated so that didn't really set us up for her liking the mat. he would try and eat the mirror for some odd reason and she would sometimes manage to sound the rattle but she couldn't set the squeak off herself as it was far too hard. She never liked being on the mat for very long and would create a fuss to get off it which I thought was due to being on her tummy.
When it came to Emily's first Christmas she was only 3 months old and a family member bought her a play gym which was complete with playmat underneath similar to this one and she loved it so we realised that it was actually this mat she didn't like although we couldn't fathom out why this was.
We ended up packing this playmat away, I gave it a rub over with a damp cloth due to the amount that Emily had dribble on the mat and the mat came up perfect again, I have kept the playmat as even though Emily hated it I don't think this would means all babies would so am hoping that one day I become an untie and can pass this along.
When I had my daughter, I was given the Beanstalk Jungle Playmat as a present for her by a colleague. The playmat is aimed at babies and is suitable from birth up until around 12 months I would say.
The playmat is about 70cm x 70cm and it is quilted, it isn't very thick but it is slightly padded so that it is comfortable for baby to lie on. On the mat there is a jungle scene with pictures of an orange giraffe, blue monkey, yellow lion and green elephant which are all inside a thick coloured border which again is different colours - blue, green, orange and dark orange. The colours are very vivid which will make the playmat instantly attractive to your baby but I feel it could have been a bit brighter maybe.
Each animal has an activity attached to it and these activities are there for baby to feel different textures and hear different sounds which is great as it is all part of baby's learning. All of these stimulate the baby and the feel and sounds as well as the visuals are great for them and this is something I do like about these playmats.
Lion - The lions face is raised from the mat and is padded so baby can play with and there is a little squeaker inside there. I think this is pretty difficult for a baby to locate and press unfortunately - even tricky at times for an adult!! This can also double up as a small cushion, but only when your baby is older.
Monkey - The monkey doesn't have an actual feature, but it is hanging from a tree and right next to it is a raised leaf that can be lifted up to reveal a mirror. Babies seem to love looking at themselves in these little mirrors!
Giraffe - Inside the giraffe there is a rattle which is very easy for baby to find and make the noise.
Elephant - The elephants ears have a different fabric inside so when the baby touches them they make a really crinkly sound - kind of like a bag a crisps sound!
Along with the animals, there is a small flower and butterfly that are both raised and both make noises when baby plays with them.
I like how the playmat encourages your baby to try and roll over as it is much easier for them to play when they are on their tummies so quite often I would put my daughter on her back when she got to the rolling over stage and I do believe that this helped her learn to roll over. The mat is easily folded and can be taken pretty much anywhere which is good, I sometimes took it with me when taking my baby to see her great grandma so it was good to be able to take something that wasn't too bulky!
That is where the positives really end for me with this to be honest. While I do think it is a nice playmat, I don't think it is bright enough and there aren't as many activities on there as there are on some other versions I have seen. Had I been buying one for my daughter this isn't one I would have chosen.
My daughter did play on this mat a few times, but she did lose interest quite quickly as there just wasn't enough to keep her attention which I feel is a great shame.
I am not entirely sure how much this was bought for, but I would imagine it was somewhere around the £10 mark as that seems to be the norm for these playmats but I personally wouldn't have paid that myself and I would only recommend this if you can pick it up at a car boot or charity shop maybe. There are definately better playmats available in my opinion and I award this two stars!
A pretty boring playmat that I can only give two out of five stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
When my youngest granddaughter began taking an interest in the world, my daughter and son in law quickly realised that their penchant for solid wooden flooring was perhaps not the best idea they could have had. By the time she reached three months old she had already been bruised while flailing around on the unforgiving surface, so eventually their living room floor was filled with these play mats. While visiting I remember seeing no less than eight of them, and possibly more, dotted around - although this Jungle Playmat from the Beanstalk brand has been such a favourite that she continues to use it now, at three years old.
Nowadays it's a picnic blanket for those times when my granddaughter is playing tea-sets with her dolls, or otherwise it is simply something to snuggle up to while she is watching a film. Considering it cost less than £10 when new I think the lifespan of this play mat is fantastic.
This design has been around for many years, indeed I recall my elder granddaughter using a very similar mat some fourteen years ago. It is perhaps not the most vividly coloured play mat and certainly doesn't feature all the 'bells and whistles' of the higher priced ranges. However, for the purpose for which it is designed (ie. very young babies) I simply do not see the sense in paying inflated prices when this does the job equally well.
The play mat is a perfect square, which makes it extremely easy to fold neatly when not in use. The dimensions are 74cm x 74cm, which makes it average size for this type of basic play mat and ideal for babies who are not yet crawling with any degree of success. Of course, once your little one realises she is not stuck in one place the 'stay there' aspect of the play mat will be lost - although from the experience I had with my granddaughter the mat will retain its entertainment value for some time to come.
The mat is lightly quilted, not overly so and actually I'd say it's one of the thinnest play mats I had cause to use with my granddaughter. Over time (and after numerous washes) it is almost flat as the quilting has become compacted. It is machine washable, which is a relief because these play mats do get very dirty once your child has started moving around - particularly if they have a love of Wotsits, as my granddaughter did from a rather young age! It takes a while to dry, however, and even using the 'fast spin' function on my washing machine left the mat still dripping water when it was hung on the line.
So, you've decided to buy your baby the Jungle Playmat. What can you expect from it? Well, the various colourful jungle characters are extremely friendly looking and the mat has a very pleasing appearance overall. Dotted around the surface are several activities designed to appeal to little ones who are beginning to learn about sounds and textures. A flower where you press the centre to create a squeaking sound, a crinkly butterfly, a leaf which reveals a mirror when lifted, a lions mouth which converts into a pleasingly robust rattle - all of this will keep your child entertained for far longer than you originally may think.
From an educational point of view, at such a very young age babies are learning practically every minute of the day. I remember it being such fun to watch my granddaughter realising that when she poked the flower it was *her* causing this sound to be emitted, even when she started toddling she would still return to this play mat to remind herself of the various things she could do with it.
My one and only criticism of this particular play mat is how slippery the underside of the mat is. It features a stitched quilted design which simply cannot gain any type of grip on an uncarpeted floor. This has caused many a tumble since my granddaughter first started using the mat, eventually my son in law stuck it in place with carpet tape as it really was an accident waiting to happen. This solved the problem for a time, however it obviously affected the mobility of the product and once my granddaughter was more stable on her feet the tape was removed for her to use the play mat however she decided to.
Overall, for the price I think this is an extremely good play mat. It is certainly one I shall purchase again when my fourth grandchild is born in early 2011.
The Beanstalk Jungle Playmat is a great product for those with young children. Given the limited size of the product and the range of interactive activities it offers it is perhaps best for those aged under twelve months. It is fun to look at while also being educational, and although it has its drawbacks it is by and large a great product.
The playmat measures 70cm x 70cm, and is slightly quilted. It depicts an elephant, a giraffe, a monkey and a tiger. The animals are depicted in vivid colours, including orange, green, blue and yellow, on an white background. The mat also has a border that is coloured in similar shades. Beneath and around each of the animals is some kinf of interactive activity in which children can participate. This involves sound and touch as well as visual games, so this is a great learning device in many respects. The elephant's ear is fashioned from a rustling fabric that babies like to scrunch up in their hands, and there is a distorted mirror beneath it for the child to marvel at. I often find that children will squeal with delight upon looking into the mirror, and older children may enjoy making faces into it. The giraffe has ears fashioned from a similar fabric. The monkey has a padded face that children may like to squeeze or lie down on, and the tiger contains a mechanism that jangles when touched.
Personally I find the mat a little gaudy in appearance, and I also feel it is somewhat lacking in detail. However, the simplicity will not overwhelm sensitive children, and the bright colours are enjoyed by most little minds. One big drawback of the mat is that the various accoutrements could, if detached, pose a hazard to children. For this reason you should not leave the room when a child is enjoying the product. However, I have owned the mat for several months and even after extensive use I have not found any of the pieces have detached or caused injury. They feel secure to the touch, and while the mirror is perhaps the one most prone to become loose, I believe it would take a good deal of tugging for this to occur.
The mat is easy to transport, and can be simply rolled up. It is lightweight, so you can carry it without trouble. It can be tricky to clean however, and I feel that a plastic-based material would be simpler to mop up spills from. It would not be as comfortable for the child to lie on, though. For a product costing just shy of £10 this will keep children amused for many hours, and its portability and educational nature will appeal to parents enormously.
==Beanstalk Jungle Play Mat==
not only was Jack inundated with toys and various items that both himself and I would buy him but also friends and family would often get him gifts for no other reason than they would see it and think it looked nice.
This Beanstalk Jungle Play Mat one one such item and was purchased by Himself Aunty and uncle for Jack not long after he was born. I know that it cost around £10 as I think at the time it was being sold in Argos (which is probably where they purchased it from) and compared to other similar items such as this, this is not a bad price.
The play mat itself is rather like a thin square rug and is 40 cm squared which isn't too big to have in the front room whilst the child is playing with it and it can be easily stored away after use. It is brightly coloured and given the name is no surprise that there is a jungle theme going on with the mat and it has an elephant, a lion, a giraffe and a money on the design. The mat is slightly padded giving it a little bit of comfort to be able to pop your child on without much worry.
Each animal which is on the mat has some different and special about it to look at and to investigate for little hands and eyes (but mostly dribbling mouths). Inside the lion there is a little squeaky mechanism which has to be pushed upon to work and this can be rather difficult for anyone to do let alone a child of a few months old. The lions mouth also flaps up to reveal one of those mirrors that can't be broken so the reflection looks slightly wobbly.
There is a rattle which is inside the giraffe and this is far easier to make the sound and was probably the most used one as Jack did seem to especially like this sound. There are other things to investigate on the mat such as crinkly flowers which sound like an old shopping bag and lots of different fabric textures too which all seemed to keep Jack occupied and interested for a good amount of time.
The Beanstalk Jungle play mat is a really simple idea but it has to be said is a great item for the young babies as thing to get for this age group seem rather difficult to find especially items that are actually doing the child some good. With this play mat not only is the child able to look, feel and listen for different noises sounds and textures but the amount of play time that is done on the stomach is building up the neck muscles of the baby and having tummy time like this is something that is advised from health care professions. Of course it is not a good idea to leave them like it for too long and once the get the hang of rolling like Jack did, they will be off onto the other side of the room investigating other things they can dribble all over.
I think that this was a really nice little gift which is one we have kept encase we have any more children. I would think it is the ideal present for someone to give as it is affordable and probably not the first thing you would think to buy someone who has just had a baby but I was happy with it and so was Jack!
I think it has to be a good score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I got a jungle play mat in a bundle of toys I bought off eBay so cost me very little.
The mat is 70cm by 70cm and has a jungle picture with a Lion, giraffe, monkey ad Elephant. While this is a colourful mat this is not bright vivid colours which are more associated with baby colours. The mat does have thin padding which is similar to a thin baby quilt.
When your baby is born Tummy time is a very much encouraged activity and this is partly as babies should now be slept on back to spend a lot of time with their heads and this can affect the head shape. Until a baby is able to hold their head up though they are unable to really benefit from this mat.
Once the child gets older there are not only different things to look at but also different activities to occupy the baby. There is a rattle in the giraffe and a squeaker in the lion and his mouth lifts up revealing a non breakable mirror. There are also crinkly parts in one of the flowers and various points all over the mat are different things to touch and play with. It is machine washable which is very useful on a child's toy but I did find that after a few washes it did start to fade.
My son when he was months old showed no interest in toys and would try and move around to get to see the TV screen whether the TV was on or off. I did find this was a great item for ensuring that my son was comfy on the floor and he did roll over on it but what he did try to do was that he would grab the edge of the mat and try and wrap himself up in it. The activities on the mat did interest my son as he got older. He never really managed to get the ability to squeeze the squeaker but did enjoy it when I pressed it. His favourite part was the mirror as he did love to look at himself.
I did find this invaluable to take when visiting others as it simply folded and would fit in a large carrier and simply remove to entertain him once he had got fed up of been held .Even once my son was old enough to crawl off the mat I tended to put it on the floor with his toys to play on so give him extra softness and protection from sore knees when he started crawling.
I have found that the beanstalk Play mat does now have a new design from the one I owned for my son and is now currently £14.99 in Argos. I have also seen them on Amazon for £12.99. I am not sure that I would pay £12.99 for this item but would definitely look around for a second hand one.
Like all these baby products they do only have a short life span but it was a well used product in our house.
I had this playmat for my son when he was a newborn. I chose it because my daughter had hated going on her tummy and I thought this might encourage my son to go on his.
It is a nice size for little ones- 70 x 70 cm and it is very soft and the mat is quilted.
The mat has 4 jungle animals on it, a lion, monkey, giraffe and an elephant and they are set in a background of palm trees, flowers and butterflies. It is very colourful and visually stimulating, there is plenty for baby to look at!
The playmat also has activities for baby to play with. The lions head is raised off the mat and when you press it it squeaks, the butterfies wings, palm tree and the flower petals are also raised and made from crinkly material. There is a small plastic mirror hidden in amongst the palm tree for baby to look at.
My son would go on this on his front and his back. I found that he preferred it on his back as he would try and roll himself round to reach the different objects but if he was on his front he wasn't able to see everything and would get frustrated.
He didn't really bother with this playmat when he was little, but as soon as he could sit up on his own he loved it, I suppose this is because he could see everything and was able to move himself around to reach what he wanted.
The playmat is fully washable and is well made. It is suitable from birth. Playmats are always handy and I would recommend this one as it was suitable for him and there is plenty to occupy a child on it.
I can't remember what I paid for it but they currently retail from £9.99.
I got this as a gift when my baby was born. I think they retail around £10 from argos.
As a very small baby, my son could only lay on his back so the fun things like the crinkly flower etc. were useless as he was laid on them and couldnt see them!
When he got big enough to roll over and play then he got a little use out of it. He did like the toys.
But as soon as he could crawl, he was off. He no longer played with it.
All in all he probably got a months play out of it.
It would be a better design with the slightly raised sides to keep them from wandering off. This is seen in the larger plan pen types.
I think this is a poor half way house between either the play mats for very small babies with the toys in an arch above them and the larger ones with sides for older children.
I soon gave it to charity when he had outgrown it. Not a good buy and
I would not recommend this toy, there are much better options on the market.
This play mat is available from Argos for around £10. It is a lovely bright coloured mat with animal pictures and extras such as a mirror, crinckly flower etc.
As an activity mat for a very young baby it probably isn't the best as they just lie on their backs so couldn't even see the pictures. The ones with bars with hanging toys are better in this respect.
We found our mat very useful though for taking with us when we visit friends or go on holiday as it is easily transportable and ensures there is some where soft and clean for our child to lie or play on whilst we are away from home. It is light weight so folds up very easily.
One thing |I didn't like was a bell inside the mat. the noise was nice but it was actually a very hard lump inside what should be something comfortable and soft to lie on. I think it could really hurt if you stood on the bell or lay on it unexpectedly. A pair of scissors soon sorted it out though and removed it!
the beanstalk jungle playmat is great for babies to have 'tummy time'. its best for the stage where there dont really do much except try and move themselves, roll and explore. It has different fabrics and squishy parts for baby to play with and learn about different textures, however the mat itself was a bit thin. i had to have a duvet or more padding underneath before i was happy enough for him to experiment with lifting his head up and banging it back down again without hurting himself. i suppose it depends on the type of flooring you have. i also found that maybe an overhead thing would have helped as not all babies are happy being on their front so something hanging overhead would have made it a bit more entertaining for our baby. the mat was a tiny bit on the small side too, we found that baby often moved off it while in his experimental/moving stage. however, for babies who like being on their tummies its a simple little toy for them
I bought this for my daughter when she was 4 months old. i had seen it in the argos catalogue for 12.99. I originally thought it would be a goo investment.
I got it out the packaging and lay it on the floor. It looked lovely, it had 4 different parts to it, a squeak a crinckle sound, a mirror and a raised lions head which was made out of different materials to allow you child to learn his or hir firsts. In theory this was great.
Now for the down sides, My child was too young to benifit from this because she could only lie on her back, when she was able to roll the mat ended up all bunched up because she would pull at it, the by the time she could sit up on it and crawl it did not interest her. It wasn't very padded so it wasnt comfortable for my daughter to lie on.
In my opinion this is a waste of money the play mats with an overhead mobile are the best for babies. I would invest the money in something more worthwhile.
We were given this second hand by a friend of ours when we had our son. It is a big piece of quilted fabric that you can lie on the floor for your baby to play on.
It is intended to encourage tummy time and I am sure it does a little for this but to be honest, some babies like it on their tummies and some don't. Ours definitely does not and this mat does not encourage him to stay on his tummy any more than lying him straight on the carpet. It had bright colours and different textures on it, which can be fun for babies to explore.
For that reason, I tend to just use his gym at home and not put this out. However, it really comes into its own when we are out and about. It rolls up to be quite small, because although it is quilted, it is not very thick. I always keep it in my bag so that when we go out somewhere, I have somewhere safe to put him down. You know what it's like when you go to a friend's house and the floor is disgusting and you don't want to put your baby on it but can't say anything without causing offence. This is a safe place to put your baby that you knows is clean. (It is easily washable by the way). It is also familar to them so if you have a sensitive baby they might not feel so afraid somewhere new.
All in all this is a cracking idea! i love it!
I got this as a present from my friend (well I spotted it on the Argos website and asked her to buy it when she asked what she could get for baby) and I loved it in theory - it is brightly coloured and the pictures on it are fantastic. I thought it would be great for tummy time.
It is a square quilted mat washable mat with pictures of jungle animals on and 4 patches to stimulate senses with crinkly pieces for sound and hearing to capture baby's interest. The lion's head is raised off the mat in a soft material.
However the reality was somewhat different and in all honesty it has barely been used. My LO preferred to lie on my bed for tummy time, or on his baby gym so he could crane his neck up to look at his hanging toys.
I then thought it would come into its own once we had to put the baby gym away (when he started to pull it down on top of him) but by this stage he was rolling all over anyway so it's not like I could tell him to stay put on his mat!
It then became obsolete because I had no reason to get it out of his toy box when he was far more interested in interacting with his lights and sounds toys.
It is not very padded which means it will not inhibit baby rolling over, but I found it to be quite pointless and it has barely been used.
It was not a huge waste of money though as it only cost £9.99 from Argos and it does wash well, as I found out when my son vomited all over it!
My nan bought this for my twins Christmas 2007, they were only 4weeks old and there was nothing really anybody could buy them but we thought this would be a good idea. She bought it from Argos for roughly £10, and it does say on the Argos website that colours and styles may vary, but they all generally aim to do the same thing. The mat is also suitable from birth.
It is a soft, quilted square shaped mat, with a jungle theme. It is colourful, but not bright so not one to hurt your babies eyes in anyway, the colours are very gentle but at the same time noticeable. I thought this was lovely as they were just so young I imagined bright and bold colours may alarm them when they first started seeing things clearly.
The mat has a few activites for babies to, different textures for them to feel and different sounds for them to listen to. The activities are aimed to help entertain and stimulate a baby. Babies are always fascinated by something new that they feel or hear so was a good way to introduce them to new feelings and sounds.
The activities around the mat were not plentiful but enough for a young baby, theres a plastic mirror, the lion mouth is slightly raised. It's a bit like a soft cushion. The flower petals were also raised. Each raised soft material either made a squeaky sound or a crinkle sound when touched or grabbed.
The mat is to also encourage babies to roll onto their bellies and play, these are meant to help them learn to reach out and notice different things around them. Although this is a lovely idea the mat itself didn't have much on it. It also wasn't very big, I just had a look on the Argos website and its 70 x 70 cms. I wasn't looking for one big enough for my 2 babies 2 lay on, but it was just about big enough for 1 baby to lay on comfortably. There are many other designs of playmats for babies these days, I did have a Galt winnie the Pooh one which I prefered to use. I wouldn't reccomend this unless you can find it at a charity shop or bootsale to be honest, although £10 is not alot, I don't personally feel it's worth the money. A good idea around it, but the mat itself I don't think has alot to offer.
The Beanstalk Jungle Playmat is a very soft and colourful mat for your baby to lay or play in the first few months. the mat is made with padded material and has various different textured areas to stimulate your baby. The one we had, had pictures on the front are of an elephant, lion, frog and giraffe but there are different designs available. the mat is suitable for a boy or girl and is great if u have laminate flooring as this make laying on the floor softer for your baby. this mat can also be used as a blanket in a play pen as it is soft on both sides and not very heavy. them mat is wipe clean but i placed it in the washing machine many times and it always came out looking like new. this mat retails for around £9.99 but there is another version available with bars crossing over the mat which have toys hanging off. this retails for around £44.99.
A 70 x 70cm quilted playmat with activities. Encourages baby tummy time.