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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

i-Mat: My Animal World and Voice Pen

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

My, my, how times have changed! Digital devices like smart phones, tablets and flash drives have become the norm for the i-Generation, born after 2003. Kids get their homework assignments online and download eBooks to read on the bus. Now toddlers as young as 18 months have their own device, the soft and colorful foam i-Mat™, and it's changing parents' perspective on what's possible to activate baby's senses.
The first in a series of themed interactive foam mats, the colorful play land is made of four interlocking soft sections that are activated when used with its Voice Pen. Babies and older siblings learn while exploring the illustrated mat with a simple point on the "word bubble." They're instantly rewarded with an animal sound, a word, music or a foreign language translation! Newborn babies can enjoy the mat without the pen—the mat is phthalate-, lead- and heavy metal-free, and no electronics mean no worries for wiping the mat clean.

The i-Mat's secret is the 2 GB memory of the Voice Pen. As new pads are introduced, parents can connect the Voice Pen to any computer with internet access (with the included USB cable), download the new sound file from Creative Baby's website to the i-Mat Voice Pen.

I love how this i-Mat teaches my children three languages -- English, Spanish, and Chinese -- by simply touching the pen to the image.

Beyond learning a new language, the i-Mat grows intellectually with my children. When the child is old enough to hold the pen without help, the brain cells get a great workout as learning games on the mat become more and more challenging as hidden sounds are everywhere! For tots 3 to 6 years old there's advanced programs for the Voice pen such as interactive talking flash cards, posters, wall decals, stickers, books and more.

Both my 2 and 4 year old LOVE the i-Mat and it appeals to both their age groups. The pen is easy to hold for my two year old and the games and languages are advanced enough for my 4 year old son. 

They can easily set it up by themselves, turn it on, and away they go learning about all the animals and playing games!

The i-Mat serves as a fun visual play land with dozens of cute animals that toddlers can't resist nor their older siblings. Animal name clouds stimulate the visual connection of the words with corresponding images and animal names. Point and wait for the sound!

Buy It: You can purchase the i-Mat: My Animal World and Voice Pen for $79.99 from the Creative Baby website.

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* Thank you to Creative Baby for their product for review! Disclosure - This product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*