#ohmymats are reusable colouring and dining place mats for children and children at heart. The mats are manufactured from food grade premium platinum silicone in a factory in Korea and has been lab tested as safe according to EU toy safety standards. The drawings in the current launch are designed by a team of four people from various walks of life, including a teacher and a pair of siblings on the Autism spectrum. There are designs which cater to children’s interests like dinosaurs, fairies, animals, educational designs like one with life cycles and insects (designed by a former MOE Science teacher) and Christian-themed designs (God’s Promise, Noah’s Ark).
Audrey, the creator of #ohmymats , took five years to bring the project to life as she wanted to be involved in the entire process from idea conceptualisation to manufacturing to make sure that the product was safe and suitable for children. As such, she spent time sourcing for suppliers, eventually settling on a factory in Korea that she had a long working relationship with. She invested in professional software to transfer the drawings from paper into a digital medium to be suitable for printing. Terming it as a “personal give back project”, she intends to assist struggling or new artists, persons with special needs and and other disadvantaged members of the community.
I saw a pre-order sale for #ohmymats and purchased three mats with a set of markers. I bought Vroom Vroom, Dino Land and Animal List, coincidentally all drawn by the same artist. The mats are packaged in clear plastic boxes and when I sniffed the mats, there was no odour. The mats come in two different sizes, small (38cm x 24cm) and large (48cm x 24cm).
The mats are well made – the edges are rounded neatly with no jagged edges. You can roll the mat up like a wafer or fold it into quarters (cannot fold origami, sorry). When unfurled, there are no creases or fold marks.
I tried scratching the black outline to see if the ink could be scratched off and no, it doesn’t come off even when I use my fingernail.
Any dry erase marker can be used with #ohmymats but you can purchase the mats with a set of 12 Java antimicrobial markers from Korea. The colours stay on until you want to start over again.
The colours can be wiped off with wet wipes. I wet a piece of tissue for this video so there’re some black specks at the end. I was pleased at how the colours came off easily without staining the mat.
Time to put the mats to the test! The kids are in this Dino craze where they are enthralled by the ancient creatures. They play with the dinosaur figurines and flip through their Dinosaur encyclopedias (used to be mine, decades ago) every single day. Elise even learnt the word “prehistoric” from a Blippi song about dinosaurs. The mats have accompanying names and we happen to have a number of matching dinosaur figurines. She sat down and started colouring the dinosaurs, even remembering to cap the markers after she was done.
Ta-da! Her creation. She chose the colours to use without any prompting from us. My husband wanted to clean up the colouring so it would be within the lines, but I think it’s neat enough for a 3 year old and it’s important that we recognise their achievements and not diminish their confidence by expecting them to meet our standards of colouring within the lines too early.
The mats can be reused over and over and packed into bags for some quiet time during meals or flights. Many parents dread plane flights. It makes the non-religious pray (to whom?!) that their kids will not make a ruckus and get tsk-tsked by irritated passengers who are unable to escape from the plane. Out come the tablets and phones. “Shush, watch your Frozen”. OhMyMats were created to reduce reliance on gadgets and direct kids to a more wholesome and simpler activity.
Since #ohmymats can be used as dining placemats, your kids can colour while having their meals and everything can be popped into the dishwasher to be cleaned. It’s definitely worth buying since it can be easily washed off when stained with food.
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*** I made a special request for my order to be sent to me earlier for the purpose of this review. The actual stock will arrive in Mid November 2018. All the products were purchased during the pre-order sale and I did not receive any compensation for this review.