August 2nd, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Playground flooring can be very expensive. We get customers all the time that are pretty shocked by the idea that it can cost them upwards of 2,000 dollars to have a decent size fall height rated rubber flooring for their kids jungle gym. However, as we get this all the time, we always implore our customers to really consider whether or not they need a fall height rated flooring solution.
Fall height can be viewed as an approximation of the playground fall height which is below the level that would be expected to cause a life threatening head injury. Naturally, one would say “Why would I NOT want that in my playground?”, the simple answer is cost vs. risk. If you have a small jungle gym and expect a fall from no more than about 3″, any rubber product will by its very nature break the fall and soften it as opposed to falling directly onto concrete. Our Mega-Lock rubber flooring and Tuff-and-Easy tiles can serve as a playground surface very well especially in these cases where fall height is non-issue.
Another product to consider would be our SoftRubber Tiles. These tiles have a solid recycled rubber top but up to a 3/4″ thick pad of foam as a base. Again, for your most common playground applications (small jungle gym, toddlers, or infants just learning to crawl or walk) these are a great and far less expensive alternative than the full blown Bounce Back approach. Not to mention, they are MUCH lighter and easier to install.
Since the materials we offer are so versatile, be sure that when you are looking for a particular application on one of our floors, never hesitate to ask your sales rep about less expensive alternatives. Chances are that there are various solutions towards a given application that you might be the first to think of!
May 24th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
A baby’s environment can greatly enhance his development, even at infancy, according to pediatrician Dr. William Sears. Each of the five senses can promote learning, including sight. In fact, visual stimulation may pose the most significant influence on a baby’s developing nervous system. So it is important that parents choose colors and patterns that encourage growth and create the right blend of comfort and stimulation.
- Unlike an adult, a baby’s retinas are not fully developed at birth. Pastel or muted colors are therefore likely to blur until the retina is matured. It is still important, however, for parents to provide babies with visual stimulation that supports brain cell health, vision and learning. Contrasting colors deliver the strongest visual signals to a baby’s brain, helping the brain and eyes to develop more quickly. Those colors that appear most boldly to a baby are black and white, and striped patterns provide the greatest contrast. Blankets, bed sheets and toys that feature black-and-white stripes are ideal for a baby’s bedroom. Books, toys and children’s play mats in contrasting colors of light and dark can also be used for added stimulation.
- In addition to accessories in black and white, parents should also use bold colors to stimulate a baby’s brain development. Orange is reportedly a color that promotes feelings of optimism, while yellow is believed to stimulate thinking. Similarly, red can evoke enthusiasm, and toys (kids play mat) in these bright hues will help draw a baby’s attention. While bold colors are not recommended for bedroom walls, they can be incorporated into a decorating scheme with accents. Playrooms can also feature bright colors, and one option for parents is to paint one wall in a bold shade of red while keeping the other three more neutral.
Pastels and Neutrals
- Over-stimulation can occur with babies who are excessively exposed to stripes and bright colors. Because rest is necessary for optimal development, bedrooms should provide the right mixture of stimulation and comfort. Pastel wall colors with bright accents can help parents achieve this delicate combination. Blue and green pastels, for example, are often associated with feelings of calm and tranquility. Neutral colors like cream and beige can be used for walls, kids play rugs and carpeting. These colors can then be emboldened with red, yellow and orange border or furniture pieces to provide stimulation when baby is awake.
- Dave Munger, a writer for “Cognition Daily,” reports that babies have preferences for certain colors. Although infants cannot distinguish between colors, babies at 2 months of age can normally differentiate between most colors. As such, Munger indicates that blues and purples are usually babies’ favorites, with greens, yellows and reds being less preferred. This may be important when parents select nursery decorating schemes, as preferred colors will draw a baby’s eye, while others may cause a baby to become fussy or cranky.
Our SoftFloor tiles are a great way to protect and stimulate you child in a fun colorful way. We have over 19 different colors and combinations so you can mix and match colors.
Read more: Colors That Stimulate Babies | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8231934_colors-stimulate-babies.html#ixzz2SFw42eDm
April 30th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Spring time comes to town and allergies all around. I can already feel the sunshine on my face, the happiness, the overwhelming sense of joy at little critters being born and coming out of their cubby holes to eat one another. Also, delicious pollen and allergens floating in the air all ready to make us break out in hives, get sever sinus headaches, and all around very moody.
But not me… no sir. Iâ€™ve got a plan. That plan in copious amounts of indoor time. Thatâ€™s right. What better way to enjoy the rites of Spring then staying indoors with your comfort products watching nature shows. Itâ€™s like all the fun of the outdoors without the dangers of a foreboding urban landscape and even worse: nature! Iâ€™ll be turning on my stories (read: PS3) and exercising (read: rotting) my under stimulated mind with epic interactive action stories! However, I have a cramped space and currently lack a â€˜man caveâ€™ of sorts. I always thought it was funny that a ‘mans cave’ has so many ‘kids products‘.Â Anyway, my current living situation does not permit me to truly veg out in true Spring fashion. Thatâ€™s where our kids bean bag chairs come in. Not only are they small enough to serve as comfy rockers for my bum, but because kids furniture is technically compact for my size, they actually force me to sit up straight much better! Itâ€™s the perfect solution to keep me indoors, safe, and judging by how ridiculous this all sounds, possibly abstinent! Nice sports rugs would be cool too!Â Happy Spring everybody!
April 30th, 2013 by Kelly Green
I feel old. At 50, I realize I shouldnâ€™t, but the abuse that I have put my body through is catching up with me. As a former tumbler (not on gymnastic mats), performer and physical comedian, I have seen more than my share of tweaks, bumps and bruises.Â I guess I wasn’t landing on the softplay tumbling mat that got me started as a kid.Â I had a lot of kid play mats growing up.Â As I get older, I am finally realizing that all the whining my own father did about back pain, creaky knees and sore joints, Â was not only valid, but a glimpse into my own future. I am constantly amazed how the older I get, the wiser my dad seems.
So now, when my wife suggests a pleasant afternoon in the garden, all I can think of is the amount of pain my creaky old knees will soon be complaining about. Part of the problem is trying to get comfortable kneeling for extended periods of time. If youâ€™re not on a squishy, squelchy, wet patch of soggy grass, youâ€™re kneeling on the cement that borders the expensive plants that are trying their darndest to die.
It seemed so easy, get something to kneel on that resists water and is soft enough to ease the pain of ancient joints. Some type of anti-fatigue mats or something.Â What I found online was a veritable plethora of flower prints, cute bugs appliquÃ©s or tiny things that barely fit one knee, let alone two.Â So I went to my â€œgo toâ€ sight for all things mat-like, MatsMatsMats, and sure enough, there they were. A kneeling pad, of course!!Â Large (14â€x21â€) dense (1â€™ thick) and MANLY (solid black) no cutesy little ladybugs crawling across the surface, no delicate little plants, daintily decorating the pad so that all my other tools laugh and tease it. This mat looks like you could use it on the side of a busy highway to rest on as you change the tire of your Hummer.
You can get a discount if you buy them in an affordable six pack (and what guy would refuse to buy a six pack?) I also found them to be a great alternative to stadium rental cushions.Â I now have to decide if it would be appropriate to bring to church.Â Wooden pews, beware.
March 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I wish all online companies would include shipping in their costs. It would make life a lot easier and probably help boost sales.Â I talk to probably 2 or 3 people a week that are gymnastic coaches or cheer-leading instructors and I see how much gymnastics equipment is necessary and how expensive it is to ship and how hard they work for funding.
Remember being a kid, really wanting a kids play mat or a toy or something and having to save up for it? I do. I remember when CD players first started becoming big and I wanted one so bad, but my mom said I would need to save the $60 myself.Â After a few months of doing odd chores and hoarding lunch money, I was finally able to afford it. Imagine how devastating it was to learn I didnâ€™t think about tax? The same goes for shipping prices, in my opinion. Most instructors, or students themselves, go online looking for the best price possible and start working as hard as they can to raise the money only to find out theyâ€™re still short a couple hundred dollars for shipping.
We at MatsMatsMats.com include shipping cost in almost all of our gymnastics mats, dance equipment like the ballet barre, and many other products, which make saving money for these super simple! You will know exactly what your cost is, without having to predict shipping costs (especially since there isnâ€™t an exact science to figuring it out). Â Itâ€™s not like tax where you can just add a percentage. So many factors come into play. The lightest item can cost $100 to ship because itâ€™s bulky, and vice versa for smaller items.Â As a super consumer, I really appreciate companies like ours that make purchasing so easy.
March 8th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Generally speaking, I am a big fan of Multi-purpose . . . well . . . anything.Â Swiss Army knife, got one, sawzall, you bet, left handed glockenspiel, well, maybe not but still, you get the picture. If itâ€™s something that I can get multiple purposes out of, SIGN ME UP!Â Enter the Tote N Mat. It is so much more than a kids play mat!
How about a tool that acts as a cushioned surface, a backpack and temporary storage cube? Think it is of limited use? If so, you probably donâ€™t have kids. Going to the beach, transporting all your beach toys, towels, and food across a vast, sandy expanse that seems to rival the Gobi or Sahara. Next, tryingÂ to decide on the order that things get unpacked and set into the sand then the struggle over who gets to sit where. The original Tote-n-Mat is the ideal multi-use mat for a family on the go. It is a water resistant, padded floor mat that converts to a large portable storage box, tote or backpack. It also works great as a baby play mat or kids play mat, beach mat, camping mat, or padded, moisture proof, picnic blanket. Anytime you need a clean and comfortable place to sit, the Tote-n-Mat travel mat is at your service.
If your family is larger, just get more of them, they can connect via a Velcro border. There are so many uses for this tool that I feel like one of those 1970 â€œRONCOâ€ salesmen, â€œBut wait, thereâ€™s more!â€ Thereâ€™s a discount if you buy 12 of them, there are several different ways to fold it to create different uses, itâ€™s easy to clean so it can double as a baby changing surface.Â You get the picture? Great, Iâ€™m off to invent a Hammer/Axe/coffee maker and jello mold!
February 18th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Everyone around me is getting married and having babies! Ok not everyone. But enough of my friends to start making me feel a wee-bit unaccomplished from just being a late twenty-something with a burgeoning recording studio and record label. I’ve even had dreams of children.Â MY children… who aren’t born yet. It’s very very creepy and some would even say ominous. However, it truly is a blessing for those involved. The parents, specifically. They’ll only lose about a year and a half of sleep and after that, it’s like having a dog that talks! At least, that’s what I remember my childhood being like.
All the fun aside, however, there will be inevitable child-proofing to be done when the little children-of-the-corn start walking around… oh boy that’ll be a doozy. I’ll end up with a home full of day care supplies.Â After this initial human germination stage, it’s off to day care (I’ve given this much thought, you see) where they’ll have nap time, learning time, lunch time, and if mom and dad are lucky, they can have some special time.
One could say the day care products we sell are passive facilitators in the love-making department for many working parents. Need to keep the rug-rats busy? Off to daycare! At home, lull them to sleep in their very own playroom complete with a puzzle mat, kids rest mats, cool looking bean bag chairs, and all kinds of other safe toys and trinkets that will give our near-lunacy young adults a little rest time for the best part of parenthood; teenagers!
February 11th, 2013 by Kelly Green
As a father of three very active children, I look across a veritable sea of discarded and outgrown toys, games, and activities every time I trek through the garage to my car. It always occurs to me that I should figure out a way to repurpose some of these leaning towers of misfit toys before I get buried in an avalanche of brightly colored plastic and foam.
One of the items in particular catches my eye every time I squeeze into the drivers compartment. Itâ€™s bright, itâ€™s campy, and itâ€™s still in great condition. Itâ€™s a marble kids game rugs game that was purchased for my son before he had the hand to eye coordination to use marbles for anything other than nose plugs. For most people, playing a game of marbles now-a-days would be akin to playing with a hoop and stick for my generation. I remember growing up and collecting marbles with the exact same fervor that my son collects PokÃ©mon cards.
The thought of this activity would not leave me. I located a place that sold large scale ball bearing for my â€œsteeliesâ€ purchased a â€œbag oâ€™ marblesâ€ from Toys R Us and set about dust busting that old kids play carpet. My son, who is now 11, was skeptical when I asked him to come play marbles, as if I had asked him to make a rubber band banjo (hmm. . . that may be a future project now). Soon, we were haggling over who got what â€œshooterâ€, â€œIâ€™ll give you the big steelie, if I can have the aggie and the marble with the flag in itâ€, â€œIf you get the first pick, I get the next two picks.â€ After a while the ruckus we were causing drew in my 13 and 15 year old daughters. My wife even got into the act bringing up snack and lemonade that we ate right on that carpet with no fear because THAT IS WHAT IT WAS MADE FOR!
My intention was to try and re-use, rather than throw away a garage relic. I gained an activity that my whole family enjoys AND I found that MatsMatsMats sells this online as well as several other kids activity mats. I will be buying the Parcheesi marble game mat for our new family game night that does not require a computer, game console or even electricity.
February 11th, 2013 by Stag
A few weeks ago I found myself hanging around with my little almost nephew.Â I say almost, since I am technically not blood related.Â He is the son of one of my friends sisters, however being like family that we are; I am his uncle.Â Now that we have that cleared up; there I was sitting around with the little man and wondering what to do.Â This guy loves his video games, and donâ€™t we all? Boys and their toys, right? I thought however that I needed to get this guy up and moving, give him a little visceral interaction, he is a little dude and he should be running a bit wild at this point.Â So I called my friend who works at a local kids gym.Â Seeing as though he was working that day, I decided to take the little tike over to the gym and let him play and move and jump and what have you with the other wee ones this day.
Now if you have never seen a kidâ€™s gym, youâ€™re definitely in for a surprise.Â Itâ€™s like the veritable playground that you would have dreamt of as a child; or at least I know that I did.Â Â A whole wall of climbing rope all the way to the ceiling.Â Gigantic exercise ball with kids rolling, and bouncing all over the place.Â Even incline mats for rolling, and a whole floor of tumbling mats and crash pads for the little folks to jump and throw themselves around onâ€¦and for safety of course.
But it is not just all play, the kids do learn quite a bit while they are there.Â My friend that works there is a coach. He groups the kids together and supervises them in exercises and even games, teaching them as they play. It great for many reasons, Â it gets the little guys moving and learning about their health and bodies as well as giving you a little time to breath and take some time for yourself. Needless to say my nephew had a great time and he has certainly asked to go back again. So if you have a little gymnast or just want to have your little ones play and exercise is a good environment, definitely check out your local kidâ€™s gyms…They’re loaded with many different types of kids exercise equipment.
December 31st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Phthalates. The deadly, evil, plasticizers. These chemicals are industrial compounds used to soften plastics and were shown to be commonly found in a wide array of childrenâ€™s toys and products.
As of February 10th of the year 2009, the Consumer Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required that all products a child could potentially put in their mouth must be phthalate free and contain lower levels of lead and other heavy metals. This would apply to just about all toys or kids products that are generally used in daycares and pre-schools such as nap mats for kids, cots, and certain toys.
Since the CPSIA was enacted, MatsMatsMats.com has made a concerted effort to phase out all kids products that contained lead or phthalates and replace them with equivalent products that meet or exceed this new requirement. Everything from cots, nap and rest mats, tumbling mats, and bean bag chairs can be found in our kids daycare supplies section. If you are a parent or daycare provider, be sure to educate yourself and protect your children from products that may contain excessive amounts of these harmful chemicals. You can also view additional information regarding the CPSIA at http://www.matsmatsmats.com/kids/daycare_article_cpsia_2008.asp.