I play with this puzzle all the time! I like building the USA Map and learning where all the states go. It’s cool because it shows pictures of things about each state. It’s funny because the puzzle has 45 pieces. But there’s 50 states! That’s because the tiny states like Rhode Island and Connecticut are added to bigger puzzle pieces, so you don’t have teeny tiny puzzle pieces that would make it hard to play.
It’s hard to remember where all the pieces go when they’re out of the puzzle. We use the Melissa & Doug USA Map to help us learn about the U.S.A. in school. Did you know that Alaska is actually much bigger than Texas? Why don’t they print it that way on the maps? I don’t know!
When you’re setting up your family room and gaming area, it can be hard to find the right rug or playmat to help your littlest gamers feel at home. Adding the right playmat can make your game space the most popular room in the house. We’ve scoured the seemingly endless supply of family room play mats and living room rugs to help find the perfect accessory to keep little ones busy.
Extra Large Kids Rug City Life
What kid doesn’t want the perfect carpet for driving cars and trucks on? If you’re looking for a playmat with a city layout for your toddler or elementary aged kids, this play area rug may be just what you need. With clearly defined buildings, roads and crosswalks, the City Life carpet lends itself to playing with cars, dolls, action figures and toy boats. At 79” x 40”, it delivers on size, leaving plenty of room for kids to play with friends and siblings without arguing about space. Find the Extra Large Kids Rug City Life on Amazon Here.
KC CUBS Playtime Collection
Educational family room accessories are so important to us, but it can be hard to find a playmat that is suitable beyond learning to crawl on. It’s especially difficult to find rugs with more than just one or two learning prints on them. We were so excited when we found this area rug with vibrant prints of the alphabet, seasons, months and days of the week. The carpet can be ordered in a variety of different sizes to make sure that it fits your play space, and the illustrations are clear and hold up to foot traffic. Find the KC CUBS Playtime Collection Playmat on Amazon Here.
Learning Carpets Chalk Walk
Don’t worry about having to bundle up on a winter day to get the kids moving. Instead, consider bringing playground style fun indoors with the Learning Carpets Chalk Walk. Durable enough to be used as a family room playmat, this rug has a fun hopscotch game printed on it to inspire jumping and active indoor play. Find the Learning Carpets Chalk Walk on Amazon Here.
Melissa & Doug Round The Barnyard Farm Activity Play Rug
We’ve purchased may Melissa & Doug products over the years, and I was so excited to find one of their family room accessories to add to this list.
For those of you looking for a smaller area rug to use as a playmat, Melissa & Doug has created a beautiful activity rug with a country theme. Small enough to be machine washable, this durable barnyard carpet will keep little cowboys and cowgirls busy with tending the fields and driving the included tractor along the dirt drive. The playmat also comes with a cow, pig, horse and a trailer, which will inspire your toddler to start playing as soon as you open the box. Find the Melissa & Doug Round The Barnyard Farm Activity Play Rug on Amazon Here.
Smithsonian Rug World Map Learning Carpet
If you didn’t catch what we said earlier, we really love adding learning accessories to our game room. We and fell in love with this World Map learning carpet. Not only is it a fun play mat for a classroom, but the Smithsonian map of the world looks smart as little gamers navigate their way around the game room. Find the Smithsonian Rug World Map Learning Carpet on Amazon Here.
Cusphorn Kids Carpet
If you are looking for family room playmats that are a bit more stylish, we understand. Bold colors and crazy designs aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather have muted tones that are pleasing to the eye (and easier to match to your living room furniture), then Cusphorn’s Village Life carpet is the way to go. With simple, neutral colors, and a plush velvety feel, this uncluttered play mat is pleasing to adult fashion sensibilities as well as little hands and feet. Find the Cusphorn Kids Carpet on Amazon Here.
Baby Play Mat With Fence
You know those bold colored foam puzzle floor tiles that have been interlocked on the floors of every preschool since the mid-90’s? Well, they’ve gotten a face-lift. If you have infants at toddlers underfoot, then this foam playmat may help to keep them in their own space. Once you’re done with tummy time and ready for rambunctious toddlers, lay the fence down as a nice curved border, creating a sophisticated and stylish foam playmat that will be the envy of moms stuck with primary-color family room accessories. Find the Baby Play Mat With Fence on Amazon Here.
No matter which direction your home decorating leads you, we hope this list helps you to find the perfect kid’s playmat for your game room.
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