I LOVE when I buy educational products for the little one and it turns out that my older girls can use, too. I mean, more bang for my buck, right? Imagine how surprised I was when we received the i-Mat My Animal World & Voice Pen by Creative Baby and realized that it wasn’t just perfect for Emory, who’s 6, but also beneficial for the twins, who are 11. The i-Mat My Animal World Mat is a full colored, 4 piece, soft, interactive mat with vibrant colors that depicts animals from all over the world. All the animals are labeled, starting the process of young toddlers connecting words with pictures, a great start to reading!
But there is so much more to the i-Mat than it being just a pretty animal mat. When you pair it with the Voice Pen, it turns into a totally interactive educational experience! When you touch the Voice Pen to the i-Mat, it talks and plays songs.
One thing I absolutely love about the i-Mat and Voice Pen is that you can use it in 3 different languages, English, Spanish, and Chinese. All three of my girls are obsessed with different languages so they LOVE this option. It is very common for me to hear “cerdo” or “delfin” while I’m making dinner. I absolutely love that this single mat and pen can expose my girls to languages they wouldn’t normally hear.
I have to tell you, I am SO in love with the fact that this is a quiet activity, too. My 6 year old, whew! She is on 100% of the time; always running around, yelling, jumping, flipping… When I just need a few minutes of peace so I can concentrate I tell her “How about we play with the mat!” What a relief to have her quiet for more than 10 seconds at a time! Plus, since it’s not the TV or her tablet, I don’t have to feel guilty about “screen time.” She’s learning, building important connections in her brain that will last her a lifetime.
The Voice Pen does more than just name the animals, it has a few games, too. Emory’s favorite game is when it makes an animal sound and you have to find the right animal. The one with the pig sound always makes her laugh hysterically. The Voice Pen also features:
- 3 Languages in English, Spanish, and Chinese
- Basic and Advanced Games
- Real Animal Sounds and Music
- Teaches Vocabulary and Comprehension
- Voice recorder to Capture the Special Moments
i-Mat also has Alphabet and Under The Sea Mats so you can keep the learning going. Each of these Mats can be connected so you can make one big learning area. Another great feature is that you don’t have to “reprogram” the pen for each different Mat so your child can jump from one to another~ without needing to come to you every few minutes. Boy, what an amazing feature! I love when kids can play independently and not need my intervention every 10 seconds. The i-Mats are great for independent, quiet play.
BUY IT: You can buy the i-Mat My Animal May & Voice Pen in a bundle through the Creative Baby site for $80.
And don’t forget to grab a pack of the interactive stickers, too! We got the Vegetable Pack and love it! They’re so cute! I love seeing Emory stick them all over and then go back around with her pen and talk to her stickers while they talk to her. So sweet!
Enjoy the tactile thrill of placing sticker on almost any smooth surface and remove them easily to reuse again and again. This accordion shaped book boasts 10 yummy vegetables for kids to ponder. Carrot, Onion, Corn and Mushroom are spelled out in English letters at the bottom of their page. Use the Voice Pen to touch the light bulb or star symbol and get rewarded with a word spoken in one of three languages!
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