Be Creative without the Muck with Messmatz Creativity Mats! Review & Giveaway! CAN 07/14

Be Creative without the Muck with Messmatz Creativity Mats!

Disclaimer: I received a Messmatz by PlaSmart in order to write this review. The views I shared are all my own.

Craft time. It is such a bitter-sweet time in my home. Yes, we love when our kids take what is in their head and bring it to life through the medium they chose to create it in. What is the bitter part about craft time? Mess. The Mess. Avoiding the mess. Worrying about the mess. Smacking my hand on my forehead because of the mess aftermath of the mess and cleaning it up. You get the picture. PlaSmart asked me if Messmatz Creativity Mats would come in handy to make these creative moments less messy around my home. They sent me a mat for my kids to try.

 

Messmatz with art supplies my kids would use to create their masterpieces with.

 

Messmatz allow for kids to be creative while containing a lot of the mess that can comes from the art kids create. Messmatz has raised edges, catching spills of paint, rolling pencils, crayons and markers that may occur and easy storage once the clean-up is done. Storage is a breeze, as Messmatz are flexible. You are able to easily roll it up and place it store it in a small space. Messmatz are also made of a non-toxic, food-grade silicone so you do not have to worry about contamination due to transfer after touching the mat. The best part of this mat is that kids of all ages can enjoy using it for so many applications!

 

A Messmatz unraveled and ready for fun!

 

This is what a normal crafting session look like in my home. I have to prep my dining table and floors for craft time with newspaper and tape. This process takes a few minutes to complete, and the VPs get a little restless waiting to set up this space.

 

Grrrrrr! This is Craft Time Prep Time. Yeah, it’s no joy to do.

 

With Messmatz, all you have to do is unroll your mat where craft time will occur to let the fun begin!

 

This is how easy it is to roll up a MessMatz to put away once the fun is all done.

 

I enlisted the assistance of the VPs to give the Messmatz a thorough review. They were certainly up for the challenge. We took it easy on our first trial: Colouring. I gave them a bunch of paper, a barrage of colouring materials (pencil crayons, crayons, markers, etc.) along with kid-safe scissors to create pictures.

 

The VPs are catching up on work they did not finish at “The Office.”

 

I was unsure whether both of them would be able to work on the mat at the same time. The mat does not seem big enough for both of them to be working at it at the same time. Low and behold, they both had a ball making pictures beside each other.

 

The VP of Cuteness is in the zone creating her work of art.

 

The VP of Cuddles is having fun creating his masterpiece.

 

What I liked best was that I did not hear the dreaded sound of colouring objects rolling across the table, or see paper falling to the ground. Everything was contained to the Messmatz. They were also able to clean up quickly and dump any pieces of paper into our recycling bin once the art session was over.

I decided to head outdoors to see how well Messmatz would hold up on our deck in our backyard oasis. The artistic medium in question: modeling clay. My kids were soooooooooo happy to be able to play with modeling clay since we are not fans of the clean-up that awaits once the fun ends with it.

 

The VPs are letting the fun times begin outside on their Messmatz!

 

The VPs got to work, rolling and shaping shapes and objects into fun creations. One of the best features for me was that the modeling clay stayed on the mat due to the raised edges. It was not all over the table or our deck, sticking to and staining it.

 

Take a close look…can you tell what they are creating?

 

At one point, the VP of Cuddles spilled some water onto the mat from one of our water bottles onto the mat. It mixed into some of the modeling clay on the Messmatz. I decided to take this trial a bit further, letting the heat and humidity of the day work its magic a bit and let everything set for a while.

 

Yikes! Drying modeling clay on a mat is not always fun to clean off.

 

Once I felt enough time had passed, I got to the job of cleaning off the water and modeling clay. I blotted the bigger pieces of modeling clay with other modeling clay. It was so quick and easy to wipe away the pieces that got ruined by being soaked in water with a cloth and water.

 

Just a few wipes with this cloth and water are doing the trick for this Messmatz!

 

I was a little hesitant about letting this combination sit for a half an hour in the sun, but I was glad it was easy to clean.

Tada! Can’t tell the Messmatz was even used.

 

The Messmatz passed with flying colours from my kids. It really did make craft time around our home easier and less messy. The battle to keep our home neater after the VPs get crafty is now a breeze to manage before, during and after the crafts were made. The VPs liked how they could use so many different mediums for their art work without much of a fuss. The easy clean-up is an added bonus for us. Messmatz has become a staple for craft time in our home!

Want to check out more about Messmatz by PlaSmart?Β  You can visit PlaSmart on their website, and connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ pages!

A Messmatz Giveaway!

 

 

 

Want to get your child creating without the muck this summer? MessMatz by PlaSmart giving away one Messmatz to one lucky Reese Speaks follower!

The ARV of this prize package is $35! This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on July 14, 2017.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. Reese Speaks Blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. Want a look at our complete set of rules? Please click here.

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34 Comments

  1. Tammy B

    June 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    We would use this for just about everything crafty we do. I would need 2 one for my daughter and one for me. My daughter tends to make big messes when painting, the floor always ends up with paint splatter or spills.

    1. reesespeaks

      June 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Tammy! Using the MessMatz really puts my mind at ease. Now, I don’t have to worry about paint seeping through the newspapers or modeling clay rolling around our home. Everything is contained. Yes, I would want one for myself, too! πŸ˜‰

  2. Shelly Maynard

    June 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    My boys would love to play with their homemade slime on the mat! I always worry about little pieces of it getting on the furniture or their clothes. This would be great for all of the models they glue together, too!

    1. reesespeaks

      June 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks, Shelly! Yes, the MessMatz would be fabulous to use for putting models together! All of the pieces would be together and the glue would not be on your tables.

  3. Ginae B. McDonald

    June 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    These mats are just too smart! They have them for puzzles too. When you’re done working on a certain puzzle for the day, just roll it up and hope that the cats don’t start fidgeting with it, until it scoots off of the table. Maybe, I ought to keep them off of the table? Naaa…I don’t have dinner on it anyway.

    1. reesespeaks

      June 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      You are amazing, Ginae! Kids would be able to put puzzles together on the MessMatz as well. The raised edges would keep the puzzle pieces in. I am not sure what to about the cats, unless you get them something to use on these mats as well so they can have fun, too! πŸ˜‰πŸˆ

  4. Misty Nelson

    June 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    These look like such fun things for kids! And what a helper for moms too. My little one is the master at making messes so we could use a playmat that keeps everything contained. So many fun ways to use this and I love how easy it is to clean up too

    1. reesespeaks

      June 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Misty! It is such a help for kids to pitch in with cleaning up. The MessMatz allows kids to do just that. I really love this product!

  5. lisa

    June 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Wish I had this mat last weekend when the kids did some craft work. After they finish their last project glue was all over my table. The mat would have kept everything contained right on the mat, I also think this mat would be great for when they play with that crazy play dough!

    1. reesespeaks

      June 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! When my kids were playing with modeling clay on their Messmatz, I literally breathed a sigh of relief. I did not have to think about finding pieces of it under our feet or stuck to our table. It all stayed on the mat and it was so easy to clean.

  6. Censie Sawyer

    June 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Totally going to order two of these if I do not win the giveaway. This is such a great idea. We would use these indoors and outdoors. I dont know why I have not seen these before. Great option for all ages. Thank you for this great product review and giveaway!

  7. Alaina Bullock

    June 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    This is such a great idea! Now instead of using old newspaper, which doesn’t work so great when painting, we can use this! Definitely ordering some of these!

    1. reesespeaks

      June 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      It is such a relief not to have to worry about paint soaking through the newspapers I used to stick to my table. This mat has made craft time so much better.

  8. Laurie P

    June 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    My kiddo loves to mix paint colors and glue, this would be so helpful with the mess!
    oooh and sparkles, how great this would be for that?!

    1. reesespeaks

      June 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Oh, Laurie P., sparkles can be tricky! The Messmatz would be perfect for working with this troublesome art supply. A quick wipe would remove them.

  9. Emily

    June 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Wow! What a great way to stop mess spreading! I’m sure this would be super helpful and protect household surfaces! And it rolls away and stores easily!

    1. reesespeaks

      June 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks, Emily! Storage is so great with Messmats. Since it is so flexible, rolling it up and putting it away is simple.

  10. Tina Butler

    June 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

    This would be great for adults too for any craft projects. I really like this because newspaper never works, especially for painting projects.

    1. reesespeaks

      June 19, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks, Tina! I have started using it for my crafting projects as well. It allows me to keep everything I need close by until I need them.

  11. Aimee Geroux

    June 19, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Bella loves to create and do crafts every single day. She would probably start with some play-doh, then move on to painting me a picture, and finally polishing up her scissor skills with some cut and paste! Such a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Laurie P

    June 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    great for using while we pot some flowers with the kids!

  13. Laurie P

    June 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

    also great for the mess that is made when making homemade playdoh!

  14. Laurie P

    June 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    making cupcakes this weekend with my kiddo, we need a messmat to contain all the mess!

  15. Laurie P

    June 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    great for when we’re making ice cream sundaes!

  16. Laurie P

    June 27, 2017 at 10:19 am

    beads. How great would this be for when we are crafting with beads?!

  17. Laurie P

    June 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    we picked some berries from the garden today, a messmatz would keep them from rolling off the table lol

  18. Laurie P

    July 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    …making ice cream sundaes on a Messmatz!

  19. Laurie P

    July 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

    we picked up a paint by number set, Messmatz certainly would come in handy today!

  20. Laurie P

    July 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    finger painting and rock painting!

  21. Laurie P

    July 8, 2017 at 9:28 am

    my girl loves to mix “potions”…..need a messmatz for sure lol

  22. Laurie P

    July 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    great for when we are using clay!

  23. Laurie P

    July 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

    My kiddo like to help prep veggies in the kitchen, definitely need a messmatz to keep all the carrots from rolling away lol

  24. Laurie P

    July 13, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Yep, spilled the glitter last night while creating…..need a messmatz lol

  25. Laurie P

    July 14, 2017 at 8:52 am

    great for a mini ice cream bar!

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