With more and more rains in the forecast that will then turn into snow, our family activities will shift from outdoors to indoors. No more bike rides, soccer games and strolls in the neighborhood. Or, wait! Nice long walks in the neighborhood are not out of the picture completely! Besides, no umbrella and rain boots or winter gear are necessary. Just giant neighborhood play mats!
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Megan Barnes, the creator of the giant neighborhood play mats, came up with the idea after a conversation with a friend whose kids were faced with the challenge of walking to school while not being quite familiar with their neighborhood. Megan drew up a play mat for the kids, showing their street and school and other details of their neighborhood. The neighborhood play mat was very well received by both kids and mom. Being made of vinyl, the play mats can be easily cleaned and then rolled up for storage and this is something moms will appreciate.
This is how the giant neighborhood play mats came to life. They are now to be found in many houses from the US to New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Megan first started selling them on Etsy, where you can still get them, but in the meantime she also launched her own site: Needed Wanted.
If you plan on getting one this fall or winter (maybe for Christmas) I bet, by the time the snow starts to melt, your children will know their neighborhood like the back of their hand. They will feel confident riding their bike to a friend’s house or the nearest park and know the names of the local streets.
The neighborhood play mats come in 3 sizes but the larger the size, the more of the neighborhood can be covered. On average, the length of the giant size will cover about 1 mile. All street names are printed in a very large and easy to read font. Vinyl stickers are available to mark locations on your map, like the library, store, gas station.
Enjoy your giant neighborhood play mats!
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