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Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months / Type: Play Mats & Gyms

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      21.03.2012 21:55
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      Fun and worth having

      I originally got this play mat when my eldest son was just over one year old so we have had it for quite a long time now. I initially got it to see if it would encourage him to start walking, but found it did not really make a difference with that although it is still quite fun for crawling babies but the sounds are not activated as effectively by crawling as by walking.

      Once he was walking confidently he enjoyed it more as he could run down the mat and activate the sounds quickly, however he only had a limited interest in it as he would play for a few minutes and then move on to something else but not really ask for this toy a lot.

      However, my second son really took a liking to this once he was able to walk. He was a late walker, being 18 months when he started out and 20 months by the time he really fully mastered walking so I think he really liked this to show off his walking skills as walking and running was still a novelty for him. He is now 2 years 4 months and still likes this mat. I keep it up on top of a storage unit so that it is tidied and out of the way, but even though it is stored out of sight he will point up to the basket where it is kept and indicate that he wants the mat (he can't talk still otherwise I'm sure he would have asked, but when he points and gestures up there it's very clear what he wants!) and when I get this down he gets very excited, so I can see he gets a lot of enjoyment from this toy.

      When I put the mat out my 2 and 3 year old play with it together which I think adds a bit more fun for both of them, it seems to be a toy which is a bit boring to play on your own but much more fun with a sibling or friend, which is maybe why my eldest did not bother with it as much when he was younger.

      They also like me to play on it too as they find that funny, and I am happy to do so as it is a fun way for active play all together. To make different games I try to show them ideas like hopping down the mat on one leg or going down the mat slowwwllyyyy then very quickly, just to make things a bit more interesting. It's also good for numbers and counting as you can count as you go, which is something my 3 year old enjoys.

      The quality of the mat is good, as we have had it for a couple of years now and still looks as good as new. The plastic is very easy to clean as it is totally wipeable and comes up like new every time, which is useful if you ever play with it outside in the garden as you would want to give it a good clean afterwards when bringing it back in the house.

      When we first had it the batteries would last ages because it was not being used that much, but when my 2nd son started getting interested in asking for it all the time the batteries were finished in about 3 months so I think that varies how much use its getting and maybe on the quality of the batteries but I was surprised how quickly I have to replace them after that, but they are easy to replace and takes normal AA batteries.

      I would recommend this, not really as an aid to encourage children to start walking but more for the 18months+ age group, or at least for those who have mastered walking already. The retail price of 20 pounds is quite expensive but ours was 2nd hand, so better value. As these clean so well it may be worth getting it second hand as its likely to still look absolutely like new anyway.

      I have to give it 5 stars seeing how much my 2nd boy's little face lights up when this mat is put out for him!

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      02.10.2010 18:26
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      Enjoy the different lights and sounds

      My daughter received this for her first Christmas. She was barely walking by then, only able to move around on her feet with help from mummy and daddy. I must admit I was quiet exited when she opened this one as I had seen mats like this before and had never really thought of getting one, so I am glad somebody else did.


      The mat is from ELC, this is a brand that I have always trusted as their products are always of an excellent standard. Following suit with the rest of ELC's toys this was just as good. The mat is blue with 12 funky coloured footsteps on. It also has a circular dome at the top of the mat that lights up in bright colours when the footprints are stood on.


      As the footprints are stood on the light flashes and plays a funny sound.
      Each footprint has a different sound; they are sort of like splishing and splashing sounds. My daughter found this very funny! The footprints have grips on and are rubbery and non slippery so there is no risk of babies slipping, even if only socks are worn. The last two footprints are designed for jumping on as a sort of finale, all of the colours light up and the mat plays a finale tune which is not very describable but it is a sound that is appealing to children and made my daughter laugh.


      The different sounds and the flashing lights encourage babies to walk on it therefore improving their walking and balance. My daughter would walk on in ocationally however she would cheat a lot and crawl across it tapping the footprints with her hands laughing.


      This was one of the main toys she played with when she was younger however she soon grew out of it and it is currently residing in the loft waiting to come out and be played with one day. The mat is designed for children aged 18 months plus, but I don't see any harm in using it earlier as there are no safety risks, everything is smooth with no small parts or sharp edges. My daughter probably stopped playing with it at around 18 months so it really depends on what age you think it would be suitable for your child. I would say it would be best to start using when your baby starts taking an interest in walking as this definitely encouraged my daughter to get up on her feet.


      The mat comes with batteries and is easy to clean and maintain. The mat costs around £20 so it is a bit steep but it is a good developmental toy. I would definitely recommend it and with Christmas coming up it's a good one to put on the list, it's one of those toys that nana would approve of buying!

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      11.08.2010 10:02
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      Funky Footprints are the memories this toy evokes. We actually kept ours at our local Rugby club where my husband works it helped to limit the irritation the constant different noises that this toy makes!

      What is it?
      Basically this is a small mat with different coloured footprints on which when a child stands on them it makes different noises

      What does it do?
      Well every time your child stands on a footprint it makes a noise and the lights flash the idea is that this helps with Co-ordination and balance indeed my Sister-in-law bought this for her Nephew who has special needs and it helped his balance and walking a lot.

      The toy also is supposed to install confidence in your child as they like all the sounds.

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      This is from Early learning centre and retails at £20.00 however this is a toy that I frequently see at Car boot sales and nearly new sales for a far better £2 or £3.

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      I find this toy incredibly annoying hence ours were never kept at home however this is a toy that has been enjoyed by my Children and there friends and when we have it out there is always lots of laughter .The mat is also incredibly durable as on many occasion the Rugby players have been known to play it!

      I think that this is an excellant toy to encourage those who are learning to walk as it very encouraging.

      So for a long lasting durable toy this does fit the mark but I would never buy it at full price as I just do not feel that the toy is that good and to me £20 to be that annoyed really isn't worth it.

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      24.06.2010 20:05
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      Worth every penny

      Some time ago a relative bought our eldest son a cheaper version of the Early Learning Centres Funky Footprints. My son loved it but it was quite dangerous because it was very easy to slip on. I remembered my friend's son having an Early Learning Centre Funky Footprints and it being more robust and safer than the other branded one that we had. So that was that, decision made, now I only Had to wait for pay day and find time to head down to the Early Learning Centre to buy it. Three or four months later I was able to afford it so off we went.

      The toy itself seems incredibly robust and stable, there is little chance of it folding up on itself if my sons take a running jump at it, or sliding along the floors with my sons surfing along on top of it, sounds fun and it is until they hit the door jam. Light and Sound Funky Footprints, to give it it's full title, is a long mat made up of two sheets of plastic sewn together which contain the workings for the light and sounds. There are rubbery footprints for the children to stand on which trigger the lights and sounds, these footprints are attached to both the top and the bottom sheet I think, unlike the previous mat we owned, which means if your child steps onto them too quickly they stay in place, unlike the previous one we owned: surf time. The footprints lead to the top of the mat where there is a disc with lights and a speaker in the centre. This is obviously where the light and sound bit comes from.

      My sons love it. We play with the light and sound funky footprints in a few different ways, the first is just free play where I get to do housework and they're left to their own devices, this generally involves laughing, shouting, jumping, running, pushing, shoving and sometimes ends with crying. The other option is to play games that you've invented yourself. We play counting games or get the colour dice, that we made out of a cube shaped building block and some labelling stickers coloured in, and roll it to select the colour which my sons then jump on. I think my children's favourite is when I include the footprints on a treasure map. There are others but they're more fun if you make them up yourself.

      Like most Early Learning Centre toys you can always find cheaper versions out there but you haven't got the quality then. This mat is well thought out and safe to leave your children with. It has had various drinks spilt on it, and worse things when my son was potty training, but it is wipe clean and the electrics are well contained. My children love the flashing lights and various sounds that they can elicit from it. It doesn't gobble batteries although I have changed them once recently and we've had it since about October. You can use it in various activities from free play to roll playing to directed learning activities. At about £20.00, from memory, it is well worth the money. Cost per use: 17p so far and counting down, cost per use doesn't include price of batteries.

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        10.05.2010 13:55

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        Fun toy for little ones

        This was a present for my daughter on her first birthday. It's a plastic mat, around 4 foot long with numbered footprints along it. As your child steps on each footprint the mat speaks the corresponding number. At one end of the mat is a raised speaker which is where the noises come from. Next to the speaker there is a switch to give you the option of changing the sounds the footrprints produce from numbers to noises, such as splashing and cheering, or switching the noises off altogether.
        The mat itself is quite durable as the plastic wipes down easily and is fairly waterproof - we've used it on damp grass on plenty of occasions and it's always survived. It's also very visually appealing as the colours are bright and suitable either for girls or boys.
        My eldest daughter enjoyed crawling along the mat and has also had lots of fun walking and running along it. Three years on and it is now being used by my 3rd child along with my other 2, so we have definiely had our money's worth out of it.
        The mat does have limited play value as there is only so much you can do with it, but ifyou buy this for a baby or small child you should get years of regular use out of it.
        When not in use the mat folds up easily, so requires very little storage space.
        A good hard wearing toy for little walkers and crawlers.

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        17.01.2010 15:05

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        Excellent value game

        This was a Christmas present for my 10 month old son who is crawling and absolutely loves this already. It's great to just throw down and keep him amused for a good while. It is made of durable bright plastic so is easy to keep clean. It takes 3 AA batteries and so far these have lasted well. It folds up easily for storage and is lightweight. The different colour footprints are numbered in sequence and each trigger a different sound and light from the pad, aiding co-ordination, colour learning and recognition, and counting. He loves zooming along the pad to the lights at the end, and I am sure that when he starts to walk it will continue to appeal in a new way with counting, balance and co-ordination. This is a good value game from a reputable company. I would definitely recommend for ages 10 months to 5 years.

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        08.10.2009 13:29

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        A fun but slippery toy that I do not think is worth the full £20 rrp.

        I got this mat from Ebay for 99p and would not have considered paying the full £20 for it as I think it is limited in what it does. It is a long plastic mat with rubber numbered footprints on it which plays sounds and lights when each footprint is stood (or knelt, or sat) on.

        My son is 13 months old and has been able to take a few steps on his own for a few weeks but most of the time absolutely refuses to and this mat so far has not encouraged him to despite lots of very enthusiastic stomping on the footprints from Mummy, Daddy and the grandparents. When it comes out he instantly crawls over to the lights and sounds dome at the end and tries to get it to work by hitting it.

        The toy has actually been put away at the moment as we consider it to be a bit dangerous. The bottom of the mat is completely smooth and therfore the mat slides about very easily on the carpet leading to some tumbles when it slides away from my son. I haven't yet investigated but expect I can find some sort of rug gripper to help with this although for £20 I think the manufacturers should have considered this.

        Big advantages of the toy are that it is robust and easily cleaned which makes it a good second hand buy. It is also easily stored as it folds up small and it doesn't take up a huge amount of space when opened out being about 12 inches wide and 6 foot long (measurements are very approximate please don't buy based on them!). The lights and sounds are appealing to a baby / toddler.

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        15.07.2009 23:28
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        Every year I start my Christmas shopping early so when it comes to December I havn't got to struggle to buy everything in bulk. Seeing as I was shopping in advance last year I wanted things which would encourage and aid my twin boys in walking so when I spotted the ELC Funky Footprints mat I couldn't resist. My boys however had other ideas and started walking as soon as they had turned 10 months old so I thought that this would be a complete waste of money - it has been brilliant though and still is now.

        What drew me in firstly was the fact it was colourful, bright, attractive and could be WALKED on so not something that could be broken easily hopefully - as we all know what kids can be like.

        My second thought was well it has foot prints on there so it would hopefully encourage my boys to take steps on the footprints .. they were already crawling but it could probably encourage crawling too - I do have some logic in my thoughts sometimes I like to think.

        On top of this when batteries are in place it would reward my boys with sounds which of course a baby is fascinated with sounds all of the time - they just seem to be magnets for noise lol.

        The funky footprints mat is a fantastic robust play mat - it's long, strong and is easily wiped clean too being vinyl plastic and waterproof.

        It is long and squiggly with 12 footprints travelling along it. 10 of these footprints are raised slightly and have a rubbery feel to them and a raised texture too, each of them have patterns such as circles on the toes as well as the heels and balls of the feet. The left footprints say left and of course the right foot prints say right. The last two footprints are placed next to each other in the middle of a swirly circle but they are not raised at all. At the end of the mat is a dome shaped speaker with the loved by parents on/off switch. When your child steps on each of the left or right raised colourful footprints a sound - or should I say Noise - is made. If stepped on one by one in order then a pattern is made with the sounds but of course children at first will more than likely stamp and jump on any providing you with a distorted noise. The noises vary and include a cuckoo, a splash of water and a woosh. The last two footprints place together that I've mentioned are there to encourage your child to jump at the end - the dome shaped speaker then rewards them with the sound of cheers!

        Not only could this mat encourage your children to walk but it can provide fun games when they can as well as educate them slightly.

        My boys are now 20months old and gradually I will be teaching them colours and numbers. This mat will allow me to say ' stand on the red foot ' or 'stand on the yellow foot' and even 'walk across 3 footprints'. There are the numbers 1 to 10 along the mat too so this can help with learning numbers and even learning to count for older children. At the moment as my boys don't understand colours or numbers they just enjoy competing on who can run the fastest up the mat and make the most noise so as you can imagine this on off switch comes in handy - as well as a paracetamol.

        It is easy to fold up and store away if need be yet even when laid out flat it doesn't take up room as such as you can walk across it - just make sure it's switched off first lol!

        It is a toy which can provide fun, encouragement and help just one child gain confidence with walking, counting or learning colours. Yet at the same time it can be a fun toy for a group of children to create games themselves or for you to offer games that they can play together.

        The mat is roughly £15 to £20 in ELC depending on whether it's on offer or if you have a discount voucher. I'd say it is definitely worth the money whether you pay full price or not as it can be for your youngest child and last for years.

        There are a few versions of this mat the most recent ones with lights too - the older versions play numbers or sounds - the one I have just makes random sounds.

        The age range is 1-3 although I wouldnt seen a problem in a child under the age of 1 crawling or even laying on it as it has nothing sharp to hurt them and it lays flat on the floor so no chance of a baby rolling over and falling off instead they would just roll off the flat mat. It requires 2xAA batteries if you want to hear the sounds.

        I would probably say an older child would gain more enjoyment out of it when they are learning colours and numbers and have more of an imagination to make fun games out of this flat, colourful, squiggly and last but not least funky footprinted mat. I can see ours lasting my boys a good year or so more at least so definitely worth the money - and the racket!

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          05.06.2009 22:07

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          Good fun for the children

          The ELC Funky Footprints mat is a small walkway with different coloured footprints on and small patterns/shapes. There is a speaker at the top that is where the music/sounds comes from. You can set it to make sounds when the footprints are pressed or opt to have it repeat the numbers of the footprint that is pressed. There are 12 footprints and encourages children to learn numbers, improve their walking and learn left to right.

          The mat is colourful and a fun design, my son had it for Christmas 3years ago and it is still working today. It is very musical and easy to wipe clean. It can be folded down for storage and is fun to use to play family games on. The shapes and footprints are fun, vibrant colours with a very modern feel to it.

          Ours still has the original batteries in and it is still going strong and looks brand new. The children love running on it to see what different noises they can make with it. Good priced item and even better if you get the 20% off with the Big Birthday club at ELC. A popular item with the children and educational toys are always a bonus for the parents.

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          26.03.2009 16:48
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          another good toy from ELC.

          My daughter was brought the light and sounds funky footprints mat last christmas. It is from the Early Learning Centre and costs £20.00. The age range is between 12 months and 3 years (she was 20 months at the time).

          The mat is made from a fabricy plastic material. The upside is multicoloured, the underside is black and the whole toy can be easily wiped clean. There are 12 different coloured rubber footprints on the mat (which are numbered from 1 to 10) which lead to a grey sound compartment which flashes with different colours and plays music and sounds. The mat is 70 inches long and 13 inches wide and is completley unisex. It is suitable for any floors and takes 3 xAA batteries, which are not included. The battery compartment need to be screwed and unscrewed to change the batteries and there are no small parts that could be hazardous to a child.

          There is a sound compartment at the end of the mat. When the child steps on a footprint it makes different noises for each one and a colour lights up to show which footprint the child is standing on (eg. if the child steps on a red footprint then the red light comes on). Once the child reaches the last set of footprints the sound compartment flashes up all different colours and plays a tune. The mat has an on and off button but no other settings so you can't adjust the volume or sounds.

          From my daughters point of view the toy is lots of fun. She makes up her own games on it and likes running up and down it to make the sounds play and lights flash on and off erratically! She's almost 2 now and I'm almost certain she'll get another years use out of it.

          From my point of view it's a quality toy that helps her coordination, balance and is slowly helping to teach her to count up to the number 10. I'm also hoping it will help her to learn different colours. I think it would also be good for babies learning to crawl as the lights and sounds are also activated by hands pressing on the footprints.

          I would advise keeping the box that is comes in because it can take up a bit of space if you haven't got anywhere to put it (although it does fold up quite small).

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            17.12.2008 12:13
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            Remember to turn it off when the kids go to bed!

            As there is no picture available on Dooyoo, the link below will take you to this product on the Early Learning Centre website, should you want to see what it looks like or want to check it is the right product that you are looking for:

            http://www.elc.co.uk/toy/light-sound-funky-footprints/


            ** What is it? **

            It's a long, thin, wavy mat. The main colour on ours it lime green, but I believe the main colour is bue now. The mat has 10 rubber footprints going the length of the mat, which are all different colours and are positioned staggered, as if someone walked the mat with paint on their feet. The purpose is for children to walk the mat and when they step on each footprint, it makes a different sound. At the end of the 10 footprints, there is a pair positioned together, encouraging the child to jump at the end.

            At the very end of the mat is the controls. It is a round bit of plastic with lights that light up when the footprints are stepped on. This also has a speaker which is where the sounds come out, and there is an on/off switch.


            ** Price and Availability **

            This toy is made by the Early Learning Centre and can be purchased either online or in store.

            I can't remember how much I purchased it for, but it is priced at £15.00, reduced from £20 at the moment.


            ** My Opinion **

            I bought this mat for my eldest daughter for christmas, some 5 years ago now. I'm not sure why I bought this to be honest, but I'm glad I did. My daughter was almost two at the time and the age range is 1-3 years. I think the main purpose is to encourage walking, which my daughter had already been doing for some time. What attracted it to me, was the colours. It is very bright and fun looking for children. The footprints are all different colours, but all bright and funky and the swirls and stars add to the attraction, not to mention the flashing likes and cool sounds.

            I'll admit that when I purchased it, I had no idea what a hit it would be, and certainly didn't expect to be reviewing the product 5 years later. The mat is extremely durable, so well made in fact, that our mat still looks good as new. There isn't a single sign of wear and tear, despite it now being used by my third child on a daily basis.

            I feel that they've under estimated the age range of this mat. I really don't see any reason why a child under one can't play with it, particularly if they are walking, but I would imagine it would be just as much fun to crawl along it. As for the higher end of the scale, well my older two (5 and 7 next week) still have a great time playing with it. Whether this is because their little sister plays with it and they just want to join in or if they would play with it regardless of the wee one, I don't know.

            As I said previously, I think the main purpose of this mat is to encourage walking. However, we found it had a few other purposes for us aswell. The first being that there are numbers up to 10 going the length of the mat, along with the footsteps. My son, who doesn't take very well to traditional learning methods, found this extremely valuable when learning his numbers. He could walk the mat and count and read the numbers up to 10 as he was going. After struggling for a long time to grasp the numbers, he mastered them within a couple of days when using the mat.

            The second was that it aided in learning colours. There are two of each colour footprint on the mat, so I used to play a game with my older two, where I would say a colour and they would have to race to stand on that colour of footprint.

            I had expected this mat to get pretty mucky after a while, what with it going on the floor and having feet running up and down it all day. However, the plastic material makes it extremely easy to clean and I usually just rub it down with a baby wipe or a damp cloth with a bit of washing up liquid.

            The mat requires 2 AA batteries, which are not included, but they do seem to last a huge amount of time. We leave this mat on most of the time. It's on my daughters bedroom floor and everytime someone walks in the room, they walk up the mat. The only time it gets turned off, is at bedtime. Before this it was positioned on my son's bedroom floor for a year or so and before that my eldest daughters. We have only had to change the batteries once in this time, so it's not one of these toys where you have to worry about changing the batteries every week or so.

            The rubber feet have good grips, so that children are less likely to slip and fall, and although there are no grips on the underside of the mat, we've never had any problems with it moving or slipping, even on the laminate flooring downstairs.

            The mat does take up a bit of room when laid down on the floor, but as it is flat, it's pretty inobtrusive and doesn't make the room look messy. If you wish to store it away it folds in half and then in half again, so it doesn't take a lot of room when stored in a cupboard or on a shelf.

            The only problem I have with this mat is that the sounds are quite loud and there is no volume control. This isn't a problem during playtime, but is a nightmare if you have it on the bedroom floor as I do. I usually forget to turn it off and when I go in to check on the little one before going to bed, I'll stand on it and hear splashes and boings - thank goodness the wee one is a sound sleeper.


            ** Conclusion **

            This certainly doesn't look like a great toy for the reduced price, let alone the full £20, but I would definitely recommend it.

            The toy is so durable, it will last years and for many children. It has so many purposes - fun and educational. It doesn't take up a lot of room, isn't dangerous and is easy to keep clean.

            What more could you want from a toy? It's great and I've found it worth every penny for the hours of enjoyment all 3 of my kids have had with it.

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              15.11.2008 10:21
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              Don't go out of your way to buy it

              I purchased the 'Funky foot Prints Mat' from the early learning center last christmas, as a present for my eldest daughter, from the box it looked quite fun, and also educational, and at £20.00 i thought i was getting bargain and my daughter would love it.

              Christmas day came, and i watched as my daughter opened the box, of course coming in a brightly coloured box, my daughters face lit up and i had hopes, but im afraid to say since then it has found a comfy place in our toy box, and hasn't seen light for a good 6 months.

              ~The mat~

              Is a plastic coated electronic mat, shaped to look like a wiggly line/path, it's main colour is light blue, and there are 12 individual footprints going up the mat in six lines so there paired. Each footprint is sized to fit your child's feet, and they brightly coloured- Red, Blue, Green, Yellow,and purple.

              At the top of the mat, there is a silver rounded control pad, which has the on/off button, and two lights which light up when your child steps on one of the footprints.

              ~What it does~

              Well to be honest for the price you pay, it hardly does anything, when your child steps on a footprint it makes a stupid silly noise, the whole idea is that your child is supposed to make there way up the mat by either walking or crawling and once they get to the top, they get cheered and different lights and sounds go off.

              ~What i thought~

              That it was a complete waste of money, maybe if it was £5.00 instead of £20.00, I'd think I'd be getting something out of it. ELC are normally really good with toy's, but this time they have failed. The whole mat is pointless, and at first scared my daughter a little because the noises are so freaky and loud.

              It's like marmite for toy's, your child will either love it or hate it, and our mat hasn't been touched for ages, every now and again i do get it out and try to encourage my children to play with it, but because there's not much to do, they get bored very easily

              ~Where to buy~

              You can purchase this from the early learning center, by either going into the shop or buying online, the mat this year has been reduced to £15.00, which i still think is very highly priced. The mat takes 2x AA batteries which are not included.

              ~Summary~

              Don't waste your money

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                19.10.2008 15:17
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                A great toy for encouragement

                Funky Footprints is a musical mat from the Early Learning Centre that plays either music when you walk along it or its counts as you walk along the mat.

                It is a long windy mat with rubber footprints on it in various bright colours. The mat is made from shiny plastic so it is easy to keep clean and wipeable should your little walk get on it with dirty shoes.

                My little boy is 11 months and cannot yet walk unaided but he loves this mat, he has been given it as an early birthday present from an auntie, it is not the most up to date version I beleive the new one has lights on it as well. Although he cannot walk unaided he loves us holding his hands whilst walking along it. And he also loves the textures of the rubber footprints.

                I imagine this toy will grow with him and encourage him as he learns to walk, run and jump.

                I beleive these cost around £20 in the Early Learning Centre and are aimed at babies/toddler from 12 months upwards.



                My little boy crawls along it and loves to get to the orange control panel at the top, he also

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                  14.10.2008 23:04
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                  Funky Footprints for crawling/running/jumping/walking fun!

                  We love Funky Footprints! My eldest daughter got this toy when she was around 13 months and now, at just over 3, she still plays with it! And what's more, so does his little sister too.

                  What is it? Funky Footprints is a long, brightly coloured mat with 10 rubber footprints. Each footprint is numbered and when pressed down they make a noise. Now, there are 3 versions of this mat around - the first, as far as I know, only plays numbers; the second, which is the one we have, has two settings - numbers and sounds; and the third version has the same two settings but also has lights which flash as the sounds play. The first version is orange and the other two are both blue - the third version is the one currently available from ELC and is noticeably different by the lights around the speaker at the end of the mat.

                  How do you use it? Simple lay the mat on the floor and choose the option you want - numbers or sounds. Children then have a fantastic time walking/running/jumping/crawling along the mat! It's particularly great for younger children as it encourages crawling and even those first few proper steps by rewarding the child's movements with fun sounds. Our youngest is nearly 14 months and crawls very well but isn't yet walking unaided - she LOVES to crawl along the mat and our 3 year old still loves running around on it and practicing her counting as she takes steps! The mat is also quite tactile as the actual mat is very smooth but the footprints themselves are textured rubber so babies also like to feel the mat, pick it up and investigate around the speaker where the sounds come out.

                  Price? Funky Footprints is £20 from ELC - although if you have a 20% discount code for their website (which they seem to constantly send out if you're on their mailing list!) it will only be £16. There are also a lot of these mats on ebay too - they're really well made so a second hand one would no doubt still be in great condition. However, if you are buying second hand remember there are different versions of the mat so make sure you know which one you're getting!

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                  01.12.2000 23:11
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                  My daughter got this from her godfather and family for her 2nd birthday and I must admit that to begin with I was NOT pleased (we have a no noisy toy's agreement) But we got it out again the day after (without hords of kids around) and it has been out at least 5 days out of 7 since. She loves it and just at the moment my 11 month old is discovering it to. The toy is a long mat that is yellow with footprints on it. When you step on a footprint the mat makes a noise. At the end there is a splash sound as you "jump" into the pool (last 2 feet are in a pool <g>) It is very cute and not actually to annoying as the noise level is non adjustable and it is not at a high setting. It folds flat up in a plastic bag (arrives in it) and it is easy to store out of the way if you wish to have it out of the way for a while. And as it is wipe clean it doesn't matter if any spills etc comes on it just wipe down with a wet cloth. We have since bought it for 2 sets of friends and they have both loved it. A great buy both for your own kids or as a present.

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                  Plastic mat with 12 numbered footprints that each make a different sound when stepped on. Footprints are also marked left & right, encouraging your child to learn to tell right from left as well as counting how may steps they've taken.