Travel Play Mat (Town Theme)


Travel Play Mat (Town Theme)

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A day in town can involve an visit to the shops, school, fire station and playground. These are but a few of the fun places to 'visit' when playing with this wonderful town-themed travel playmat. This proudly South African, town-themed travel play mat is a great way to keep a little one entertained and promote imaginative play whilst parents are out and about.

The play mat consists of a soft padded town-theme play side and a water resistant (suitable for nappy changing) outer shell / side. The whole play mat measures 72cm x 47cm when open for play time (or nappy changing) and zips into a handy carry bag (size of an A4 page) to transport toys when out and about with a small child. This travel play mat is made from durable fabric and is machine washable.

Please note The colour of the changing mat side of this travel play mat may vary from images shown.

Suitable for ages 3 months and older.

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This product can assist in developing the following key skills...

This product helps to develop Sensory Skills which are key building blocks in a child’s development and influence every activity that a child does. Opportunities to engage in sensory activities help a child’s brain to process all the information it is receiving from their senses, and respond in an appropriate way. Our senses include: smell (olfactory); taste (gustatory); sound (auditory); touch (tactile); seeing (visual); movement (vestibular) and joint position / deep pressure (proprioception).

Children develop sensory skills as early as in utero and continue to refine these skills well into their childhood years. Exploration and exposure to a variety of different sensations and sensory experiences is very important for a person’s overall development.

This product can help develop Gross Motor Skills by improving co-ordination and muscle strength to assist a child with gross motor tasks such as walking, running, jumping and climbing. The large muscles of our bodies in our arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (hamstrings and quadriceps) are responsible for helping us perform these actions successfully, and therefore these muscles need to be strong. An important factor in developing gross motor skills is good postural control. A strong and stable core (stomach and back muscles) helps one achieve successful movement of the limbs.

Gross motor skills begin developing from a very early age and continue to develop all through childhood, culminating in a person being able to ride a bike without training wheels and swing themselves independently on a swing.

This product can develop a child’s Fine Motor Skills by improving the strength and co-ordination of small muscle groups to achieve a task. The small muscles around the mouth (lips, tongue etc.) are important for speech and eating, and those in a child’s hands help them to perform different grips such as tripod (the correct pencil grip) and pincer (thumb and index finger grip) to achieve tasks. Fine motor skills of the hand develop fully later on in childhood, but start with full, open hand grasping of toys as babies and culminate in a perfect tripod pencil grip when they are writing neatly at school.

Finally, scissor skills are also important fine motor skills that require the co-ordination of fingers on one hand to open and close the scissors while the other hand holds the material being cut. Using both hands together in this way to achieve a task is known as bilateral-coordination.

This product helps children develop their independence by focussing on aspects of Self Care. Getting dressed in the morning and doing up zips, buttons and laces requires good gross and fine motor skills. Brushing teeth and hair as well as toileting skills all require good body and self awareness which is promoted by encouraging self care skills.

Learning to feed oneself using cutlery (spoon, knife and fork) is a large step towards finding independence. In order to assist children to become independent, self confident little people, developing self care skills are very important.

This product can assist in developing a child’s Perceptual Skills which determine how a child’s brain receives, organises and interprets what they are seeing (visual sensory information). Perceptual skills are the ones we use for activities such as completing a puzzle and writing, as well as understanding concepts such as colour, size and number recognition.

More complex concepts such as knowing one’s left from right side of their body (right-left discrimination), being able to recognise complete objects from incomplete ones (visual closure) and remembering visual stimuli over a short and long term period (visual memory), all fall under the category of perceptual skills.

This product can facilitate the development of Cognitive Skills which include how a child’s brain develops, stores, recalls and reacts to their environment. Concentration, attention and listening skills all impact on a child’s cognitive and learning ability, and this product encourages children to develop those key areas.

Problem solving, memory skills and sequencing (the order in which things happen) of tasks are very important cognitive skills to develop as a child grows up.

  • Imaginative Play - with the scene of a town and places such as school, shops, fire station, police station, library, hospital and playground the imaginative play opportunities are endless.
  • Colour and Shape Recognition - identifying and naming colours as well as shapes on the play mat
  • Story Telling and Early Language Skills - around where people are going and what they are doing in town. For older children this play mat can promote more advanced play scenarios around buying things at the shop, different occupations and road safely for example.
  • Motor Skills - using a toy car to "drive" on the town roads

Most orders take 3-5 days to deliver and are dependent on where we are delivering to. Outlying areas can take longer than city centres. Please allow up to 10 working days for delivery.

For more information about how delivery works please read our delivery options page.

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Robin W., South Africa28 December 2017

Pack and run toy.


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My niece was very excited with this gift for baba. He is 6 and a half months so a little young to explore it properly... but that was the point. This Christmas it's all about the PAPER!!!! In 3 months he will be playing with the stacking cars and play mat! The quality of both toys is excellent! Thank you.