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We all remember that kid from our younger years who had the best things- the things that we most desired- and whom we hated for that very fact. A Furby, a soda stream, or an awesome Road Map Rug on their floor that you weren't allowed to play with anymore just because one time you accidentally spilled a tiny bit of Ribena on it one time that stained a stupid little 2-dimentional church. Well guess who's that guy now? Its me. You hear that Billy Bosom? Now I have the Road Map Rug. Now I'll get my Mum to throw YOU out of MY house, kicking and screaming, AND YOU'LL BE THE ONE WHO HAS TO GO ON A LOW E-NUMBER DIET AND SEE A THERAPIST FOR 13 YEARS!
Anyway, the point is, I have recently purchased a dynamite Road Map Rug for my bedroom floor, and , if you ever dreamed the unlikely dream of owning one yourself, then I can safely tell you that it will be just as good as you dreamed it would be.
Now, you are probably asking yourself, what is a 20 year old man/boy doing owning a child's play road rug, for kids to play with toy cars on? Well, let me dispel the myth that these rugs are for kids only right now. This rug is actually awesome for all ages, and will look perfect in even the most stylish of rooms.
Even if you don't own any play cars, the beauty of this mat is that it's uses go far beyond play time. Have you ever, for example, thought of what it would be like to be a giant monster stomping around a city, like Godzilla or that Clover field one. Well, wake up and smell the woven acrylic, because with this mat you can live that dream. This mat makes stepping out of bed not the tiresome chore that it once was, but every morning is a new adventure where you can stomp around the city, crushing the buildings, or can be a friendly giant like Gulliver, helping the citizens in their day-to-day chores. Its all right there at your toe-tips with this Road Rug.
And if you're worrying about the social reaction to you having this on your floor as an adult, then you really needed worry. Just some of the positive reactions I have received about the rug include "Wow! It's really bright." "I didn't know they still made these." And "I'm going to leave now [to go and buy my own rug]". The rug can even be used as an excellent conversation starter, like: "Do you want to come back to mine to see my tiny metropole?", Or: "Does your Mini like Rugs?...".
And if you're worried that the Rug just wont go with your room, then stop that, because the Road Rug actually has just about every colour on it, from red, yellow and green, to grey and black. This rug will surely go with any colour walls and furnishings.
There is simply no reason why you could not be a Road Rug owner. And so, I whole heartedly recommend the road rug to consumers of all ages and just hope that this review is never used as evidence against me in a trail concerning my mental health...
My daughter is not a girly girl. She is very much a tomboy! She loves to play football, climb things, play with cars and get muddy! She has a massive selection of toy cars so we purchased her a road play rug for her to drive them about on.
We paid £10.00 for the rug from the local market. It was brightly coloured with lots of road and different buildings on it like a supermarket, a hospital, a school, a car park even a farm! Colour wise it has greens in it for trees and fields, grey for the roads and the buildings are a variety of colours. There are also vehicles on the mat itself such as a police car, fire engine, ambulance and tractor. There are also traffic lights. It is very highly detailed.
It is made of a very high quality and is very soft. Your child will be comfortable crawling across this or leaning on it. Our one isn't overly padded or thick though so we tend to make her use it on carpet or with something underneath it.
The mat is fairly large and square shaped. As I write this it is currently in the bedroom where my daughter is sleeping so I will measure it and edit this review in the morning.
The mat has non slip backing so even if it is being used on laminate flooring it will hold in place though it is mostly used on the carpet in our house. We don't leave the mat out at night, we usually just roll it up and slip it down the side of the wardrobe for the next time my daughter wants to use it. It is very easy to store.
My daughter has had hers for about 2 years now and it is still in great condition despite being washed a good few times. It washes up lovely and doesn't bobble or anything like that which is good.
I definately recommend this if you have kids who love cars and want something to play with them on.
I bought a road map rug for my nephew's 2nd birthday present from JoJo Maman Bebe for around £25. He's 4 now and still plays with it regularly. It is used as a rug in his bedroom and is always covered in little cars. It's proved so popular that I've recently bought one for my little boy at a baby sale for the more thrifty price of £3! The best price I have seen them at in the shops brand new is £11.99 in IKEA (Lekplats play mat).
The JoJo Maman Bebe road rug is made from hard-wearing nylon material, with a latex backing. It measures approx. 1m x 2m. It's printed with a village scene - including shops, a school, a church, hospital and market square. Of course different brands with vary in design. It's ideal for little cars with plenty or roads, round-a-abouts, pedestrian crossings and junctions to practice driving around. My nephew can follow simple directions around the map (good for teaching left and right) but usually prefers creating his own routes. The rug isn't massive but is certainly big enough for two children to play with it (sitting around the outside) at the same time.
The fabric is soft enough to sit comfortably on but is hard-wearing enough to stand up to yoghurt and chocolate stains (which can be wiped off with a damp soapy cloth - and it came up perfectly!).
I would definitely recommend buying a road map rug for toddler boys age 2+ and upwards. It's practical and fun at the same time and will really encourage children to use their imagination to the full.
My youngest daughter is not a typical girly girl like her sister but more of a tom buy, she spends most of her play time doing things she shouldnt be or hanging upside down from something she shouldnt be climbing on.
She has been cars mad since she was about 8 months old and as she got older and her ever expanding colection of cars got bigger i wanted a mat to play on the floor so she could have her own little roads.
I payed £19.99 from toy master for the rug we have but there are cheaper alternatives available.
The back ground of the rug is a deep purple colour with lots of grey roads twisting and turning around the mat, aswell as this there are fire engines, trucks, cars, buses, traffic lights and signs on the mat all adding to the fun.
Our mat is 100 by 150 cm so is a large enough size to be enjoyed by more than 1 child and have a variety of cars running around the roads at the same time.
It has a water resistant non slip backing that is ideal if you have wooden floors, it is easy to roll or fold up to put away and can be machine washed at 40'c which is ideal for keeping it clean,
It is padded so isnt thin so could be used with a young baby aswell as a play mat and would be great for taking on holiday with you aswell.
My daughter has had hours of enjoyment out of this mat and it has lasted very well, being 3 years old and still in good condition, it has been used in the house and the garden.
We pack ours away when not in use but it would look lovely as a rug on the floor in a boys bedroom.
I would recomend this to anyone with a child who loves cars.
Roads Play Rug.....
Argos sell these rather larg erugs for a good price of £10. We bought one for Jack so he could use his rather large collection of cars playing on the roads that are printed on the rug. Jack totoally loves it and it was well worth themoney.
The rug is about 1 ½ meters by 1 meter and the colours are mainly grey and green because of the roads and gardens that are drawn onto the rug. There is also a lot of buildings drawn in on the rug too such as the police station, school and hotels. The rug is perfect for playing on and a good tough material that will take a lot of mess.
I found cleaning the rug with carpet cleaner easily and hassle free and in these messy days of Jack spilling things I am also protecting my carpet underneath. The rug seems huge to Jack and he is able to spend a lot of time travelling round al the different roads and parking his cars in all of the different parking spaces.
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting this rug for any small child who is into playing with cars and toys like that because for the price this can be made into some really fun games.
5 stars for the Road rug!
These play rugs retail in the shops for anything from £10-£20, depending on the size and quality. However, we were lucky enough to pick ours up from a boot sale for £2, which was a total bargain. Basically, it’s a small roll of carpet, very durable, with a plastic backing. It’s easily cleaned with 1001 / Vanish carpet cleaner if drinks, etc. are spilled on it. The design on the front consists of a simple road layout, with roundabouts, corners and T-junctions, complete with dotted white lines down the centre. Around the outside of the road, there are various buildings in 2-D, eg. School, post office, bank, etc. These provide excellent role-play scenarios for the child as they manoeuvre their car to and from each destination. We found that on its own, the play mat has limited potential; obviously you need to purchase some cars to go with it!! Again, boot sales provide an ideal cheap source of toy transport! The most useful toy cars for this particular road layout are the wooden type from Early Learning Centre stores – you can buy all sorts of trucks and lorries also. Brio and Tescos also sell some excellent durable wooden alternatives. Also, the cars which come as part of the Fisher Price series are about the right size and are more chunky for small hands. They also have little holes in which to put plastic people in and drive them around. We put Lucy’s Fisher Price “sounds” garage to one side of the play rug, this adds play potential straight away. With a little imagination, other scenes could also be added, I’m sure, such as Playmobil or Lego sets. After use, the rug can be simply rolled up and stored in a cupboard, or even stored flat on top of a wardrobe, taking up very little space. If you have the luxury of having a playroom, the rug could be left out all the time, eg. To cover part of a wooden floor. I would recommend buying one of these for any child between the age of 3-6,
whether boy or girl. Yes, Lucy likes Barbies and Polly Pocket just like the next 4 year old girl, but she plays with this garage and play rug just as much. However, I would shop around for bargains as they do vary in price and quality – the best bet is to scour the boot sales.
Road rage in your living room.... My son is a great fan of cars so Granny bought him a road rug for his Christmas. Granny has laminate floors so lying down for hours playing with his cars made for a chilly and bum numbing activity. The rug is 2m by 1m so is big enough for a few kids to play together. It is a proper rug so is warmer and stays flat unlike the plastic ones. Argos and Index have there own designs at the same price. You can use it as a bedroom rug or just roll it out when they are playing. My son is using it it his tent in the garden just now. It fits just fine and is a nice, warm base for 'camping' on.