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Thursday, January 6, 2011

UPlay Mat Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*

I love spending time playing with my boys, but sometimes I worry that I'm not doing enough to help them learn. I know that for toddlers, playtime is learning time, but how much can one learn from playing firefighters? I recently came across this neat little thing called the UPlay Mat.

The U-Play Mat is a U-shaped mat with 15 clear pockets on its surface. The mat is 4 feet wide, and 3 feet deep. The innovative "U" shape allows the child to sit inside the opening of the "U" with full access to the 15 pockets. The child has full visual and tactile access to the whole surface, without having to crawl atop the mat. Child-safe see-through pockets allow fifteen theme-based cards to be secured to the mat surface. This patent pending design allows for the caregiver to sit across and engage the child in a variety of exercises using the adorable theme-based card decks. The pockets are designed to be slightly larger than the cards, allowing for the cards to be placed and removed easily.

When I bring out the tote bag I keep the UPlay Mat in, A gets all excited. He loves to play with the mat. It's a lot easier for toddlers to use because they can sit in the middle of the mat, allowing them to easily reach all 15 cards/pockets. When we play Original Memory A gets frustrated because he messes up the cards when reaching across them. With the UPlay Mat, there is no frustration.


There are so many ways to play with your UPlay Mat, you'll never get bored! You can match the cards, name the pictures on the cards, or just talk about what you see on them. Just in case you were to get bored, the Play This Way website offers 10 different activities for you to do using your UPlay Mat. (These same activities are also in a booklet that comes with the mat.)

My favorite part about this mat is that A and I are spending time together, while learning and playing. We both have fun and he's learning at the same time. There's no fighting with him to get him to sit down and do a project. Usually he just wants to run and play - he's not an arts and crafts type of boy. :)


Dr. Jen has given one of my lucky readers a chance to win their very own UPlay Mat sample kit.
To enter : Visit their website and let me know which pack of cards you think your child would like the best.

Additional entries (done only after the mandatory entry above)
  • Subscribe to Feeding Four via RSS, Google Friend Connect, or E-mail. (If you are already a subscriber, just let me know!) (2 entries)
  • Become a fan of Feeding Four on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow Feeding Four on twitter & tweet about this giveaway (You can tweet up to twice per day, leave separate comments)
  • Blog about this giveaway. Comment back here with the blog address so that your entry can be verified. (4 entries - please leave separate comments for each entry!)
  • Tweet about this giveaway– leave a link to your Tweet make sure to include @feedingfour and @PLAYTHISWAY in your tweet
  • Follow PlayThisWay on facebook & let them know Feeding Four sent you
  • Follow PlayThisWay on twitter & let them know Feeding Four sent you
The giveaway ends on January 13th at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using Random.org. The winner will be notified via email and has 24 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

161 comments:

  1. I think the animals would be a favorite!
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  6. I follow playthisway on twitter - hisprincess886.
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  7. I think my son would like the Animals cards best.

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  8. I follow you on twitter and shared the giveaway - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/23080690811666432.
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  9. I subscribe via RSS. Thanks!

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  10. my little princess is into animals right now so she would enjoys those the best
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  11. my daughter would luv the animal cards:)

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  14. I think my little girl would like the u-outside most.
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  17. I would like the U-Go Card Deck.

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  18. I subscribe via GFC. #1

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  22. Pack U for sure
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  32. My son would like the animal cards the most!
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  33. I'm a GFC follower!
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  34. I'm a GFC follower! 2
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  35. I follow Play this Way on twitter as hell_0kitty
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  36. daily tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/23480769796120576.
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  37. I think my son would like the animal cards the most.
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  38. Following you via gfc
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  39. I like you on facebook
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  40. daily tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/23936670407598080.
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  41. Hi, is this an international giveaway? If yes, i'd love to enter it! My daughter would like the animals pack best.

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  42. daily tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/24245079099056129.
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  43. i like the play deck- with all different sorts of things- how cute is that

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  44. i get your emails 1
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  46. I think our kids would love the animals or the fruits and vegetables

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  47. I like the animals card pack.

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  48. My kids would love the animals or the food!

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  49. I think she would love animals. :)

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  50. subscribed via mail #1

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  52. daily tweet using the share button - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/24846914117701633.
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  53. The animal cards are nice.

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  54. i think my daughter would love the U-play deck!

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  55. i follow via GFC

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  59. I think she'll like the fruit and vegetable cards best

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  60. follow with google friend connect (pennywatcher) #1

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  63. follow (@hcwpw) and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/hcwpw/status/24936451359637504

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  64. daily tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/25193964525064192.
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  65. fave cards: UDress
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  66. new GFC subscriber
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  68. I think my kids would like the animal pack the best, so neat!

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  73. a fan of Feeding Four on Facebook (as Jessie Jones Mayer)

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  74. Follow PlayThisWay on facebook & let them know Feeding Four sent me (as Jessie jOnes mayer)

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  75. follow PlayThisWay on twitter @raggedybabygift

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  76. My little one waould like the Outside or Animal card decks! Thanks! jdjmcc@aol.com

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  77. I follow on GFC!!!
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  78. I think my girls would love the animal cards best!
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  79. I like you on facebook! (Jennica Patterson)
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  80. Follow PlayThisWay on Facebook and let them know Feeding Four sent me (Jennica Patterson)
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  81. Follow PlayThisWay on Twitter (Jenka1986)
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  82. fruits and vegetables pack
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  83. My son would like the animals, or food cards.
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  84. i think my sons would really like the U-Go card pack!
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  85. i follow through GFC!
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  88. i like PlayThisWay on facebook! and told them you sent me!
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  89. I think my children would like the U-Outside cards the best.
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  90. Follow via GFC. I am a new follower by the way and would love if you followed me back :)
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  92. Fan on FB.
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  93. Follow you on twitter @kahluaii
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  94. Blogged about this giveaway #1
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  99. Follow Playthisway on FB and commented that you sent me.
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  100. Follow PlayThisWay on twitter.
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  101. I think the animals would be lked best.
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  102. I follow using google friend.
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  103. daily tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/HisPrincess886/status/25618368153264129.
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  104. I think the "outside cards are cute!" jmlwilliams (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  105. I follow you on GFC. jmlwilliams (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  108. This is so cool. Mine would love the outside cards. We live in the boonies so we are outside a lot anyway.

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  109. Brand new GFC follower. Thanks for having me.

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  110. GFC follower 2.

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  112. And follow you now on Twitter.

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  113. Like Play This Way on FB and told them you sent me.

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  114. Also follow them on Twitter and told them you sent me there too.

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  115. And tweeted this giveaway.

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  116. i think my daughter would like the dress cards
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  117. I like you on facebook
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  119. i like playthisway on facebook
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  120. My daughter would probably like the animals or home cards

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  121. follow gfc #1

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  125. I would like the 'animals' cards
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  126. I think my daughter likes the U-Animals Card Deck
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  127. Follow you publicly with GFC
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  132. The animals
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  134. My daughter would love the animals I think she would also like the dress thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  137. I like the Dress set!
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  138. My daughter would love the fruit and veggie card set

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  142. I would love to have the animal cards
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