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