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Induction Certificate Number:   74020130615-569
Induction Date:   June 15, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Lay-N-Go / Lay-n-Go LITE Activity Mats
MSRP:   $64.95 / $24.95
Company URL:  http://www.layngo.com/
Rating: 

Lay-N-Go / Lay-n-Go LITE Activity Mats

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Expert
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  06/15/2013

Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE are award winning (patent pending) activity mats, cleanup, carryall and storage solution in one for families both at home and on-the-go!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Activity Mats 2011 Consumer/Education 4 years + Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Functionality Hybrid-Application™ Portability Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 3.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                           





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 

 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
 Compliant
  Intertek
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 857994003025Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaNot Applicable

 


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Where should I start? There is so much to share about the Lay-n-Go & Lay-n-Go LITE. The Lay-n-Go activity mat is an award winning (patent pending) all in one activity mat, cleanup, carryall and storage solution for families mostly at home. and on-the-go! 

Your kids can have hundreds of Bionic BlocsCitiblocksLEGO® pieces, toys and who knows what else, all centralized on the Lay-n-Go activity mat. Uh oh, it's time to go! No problem, whether its the Lay-n-Go or Lay-n-Go LITE, just pull the drawstrings and everything is packed up in but a moment! Now you can take it with you, or stow it wherever suits you best.
 Image of Lay-n-Go in action

"It was such a wonderful experience with the Lay-n-go products at your event. I have never seen such an inventive idea that would be such a help with my children during playtime. You really can just pull the cords and it's all picked up."


* A quote from a Mother at The Toy Man® Product Guide consumer hands-on evaluation event where the Lay-n-Go products were featured.
While the 5ft wide Lay-n-Go has plenty to boast about, Lay-n-Go LITE has plenty to tout as well! The best way to describe why its so great is this: "The Lay-n-Go LITE is an 18 inch travel/personal activity mat. Small toy collections are easily spread out, contained, and cleaned up at restaurants, on airplanes, in cars, at Grandma’s house, or wherever life takes you. Play for hours….cleanup in seconds!"

This brings back memories. I couldn't even begin to count how many times my wife and I were delayed or embarrassed, compliments of our children and their toys. The reason for it was due to the small number of toys they had with them while traveling or at a restaurant. 

Never did we imagine how many times we would have to be picking toys off the floor, out of the food, or just needing to get going. Lay-n-Go LITE is the perfect answer to times like that, keeping things neat and tidy, promptly picked up, and easy to carry.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

In the previous section I covered the features that define the functionality and usefulness of both the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE yet there is so much more that really puts the spin on them both. Whether consumer or commercial buyer, the Lay-n-Go products are a must-have product item. Keep reading and you'll soon discover why.

The greatest level of durability, machine-washable, LeadSafe and PhthalatesSafe, and they even have a Velcro pocket to hold the drawstrings! This is a product concept that hits all the right features consumers are looking for to ensure a good return on investment, and most important of all, their children's safety.


An image of Lay-n-Go  
"Innovation in product design is paramount in the retail industry. Taking an innovative concept and getting it to market before someone else does, is of equal magnitude in importance.

Lay-n-Go has recognized and acted upon these facts, meeting the enormous challenge with a ferocity that others can respect and learn from.
"

* A quote from one of the detailed evaluation reports our independent evaluators prepared as part of our evaluation process.


If all of this wasn't enough, we ran the Lay-n-Go products through 50 commercial washing machine cycles, along with our sandstones, to once again simulate wear and tear from kids. When you think about it, kids are professionals at putting any product to the test in ways never imagined. The objective of all this was to show how the Lay-n-Go products were suitable not just for consumer use, but educational facility use as well.

Syrups, mustard, vinegar, motor oil, mud, and plenty more substances were smeared, poured, or spilled on the Lay-n-Go products. When the testing was finally over, there wasn't a single stain, tear, or any real sign of wear and tear with the fabric. Even the drawstrings still remained like new and both products were still able to be filled to capacity without failure.
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Psychologist, PhD / Applied Behavioral Analysis Specialist
Associate Director of Autistic Children Learning Development

"The Lay-n-Go activity mats represent useful tools which parents, (especially a mother can fully understand and appreciate. For a mother, the number of tasks in raising a child each day are quite taxing. 

Keeping children occupied with an activity in a centralized area and safe as well is for many mothers nothing more than a dream. With the Lay-n-Go activity mats, that dream becomes a functional reality. They play an important part in several of their children's most important developmental skills.


"To put this assumption to the test, I elected to introduce the Lay-n-Go activity mats into my restorative methodology to use Play as a mechanism for developing building skills in my autistic children group."

"In my observations of the Autistic children during the study, a consistent trait of behavior became common with all of the children. As long as they were either siting in their activity mat with all of the toys and other objects within the rim of the activity mat, or the small activity mat in front of them, the children remained active and showed a noticeable improvement in the level of their learning development and emotional stability."

In conclusion of my evaluation and reviewing my results, I firmly believe that the Lay-n-Go activity mats provide a method of keeping toys and other objects, even in large volume, 'centralized', and out from under the feet of others. Considering it is also non-toxic and designed to be put away in but a few moments, even when full with an abundance of toys, the Lay-n-Go activity mats are well matched and highly recommended for home, school, or therapeutic use."


Textile Engineer (PhD) - Product Development
Director of Textile Engineering and Product Development

"Lay-n-Go is a true mastery of taking something so simple and obvious and turning it into an invaluable tool that every home, preschool, and kids activity center should have."

"Innovation in product design is paramount in the retail industry. Taking an innovative concept and getting it to market before someone else does, is of equal magnitude in importance. Lay-n-Go has recognized and acted upon these facts, meeting the enormous challenge with a ferocity that others can respect and learn from."

"Every facet in the design and materials used for the Lay-n-Go products speaks volumes in due diligence, to merge quality textile materials with invaluable function and a profitable return on investment."


* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

At this consumer hands-on evaluation, Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE were bringing the largest amount of attention. Whether it was kids staring in wonder at all of the Bionic Blocs and tons of other products we had covering the surface of the we had in the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE or some of our staff swinging them back and forth then throwing them as far as they could, filled with toys, they really captured the attention.
Two children looking at the Lay-n-Go as their Dad pulls the drawstrings to put it away.  
"This is insane! You guys threw those things with all those toys and stuff inside countless times across the field, but I didn't see a single tear or any other damage to them."

*  A quote from a bystander as we were throwing the Lay-n-Go products as far as we could again, and again at a local park in our real-life durability simulation.



What you have here is one of the best products we have seen in a while. We were all in mental applause of the creator of these products as we watched so many families sitting down with their children to play with the Bionic Blocs, Citiblocs, and other toys we had piled by the hundreds in the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE. 

One unquestionable fact was that the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE were true champions in this part of our evaluation. Consumers were nothing but elated with so many opinions voiced from such a vast variety of perspectives.

The final clencher for Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE was evident in our recent mega consumer hands-on evaluation event in Los Angeles, CA. The products commanded so much attention and easily rose to the top with the hundreds of consumers in attendance. Passing this evaluation category was an absolute.

*The Toy Man® Product Guide consumer hands-on event referenced here was a test run for our soon to be announced Mega Consumer Hands-On Evaluation Events. We will soon begin hosting these events in various cities across the globe on a quarterly basis.
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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go Lite was definitely on target when it comes to COST BENEFIT. Every aspect of our evaluation demonstrated that Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE make the word QUALITY be synonymous with COST BENEFIT. This is a product that is not just durable, it literally screams functionality and convenience.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for COST BENEFIT





DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

DURABILITY is a vital part of the evaluation process with textile based products such as Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE. Both Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE have been built with non-toxic materials yet still managed to be using the highest quality textile material that can really be put through the toughest torture a child can put it through. (Even the adult kids!)

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE had what it took to manage a perfect score of [5] stars for DURABILITY.





FUNCTIONALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

FUNCTIONALITY was probably one of the easiest evaluation categories we had to work with. It is important all the same though to remember that our evaluation standards are based upon absolute values, not possibilities or assumptions. In our evaluation of Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE that they practically put the "F" in FUNCTIONALITY!

There were many possible perspectives to examine in reference to judgment of the functionality of the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE, yet it was still a simple task because the scores were nothing but the highest in every portion of this evaluation category. So simple to just pull the drawstrings and everything is cleaned up. When in use, everything is more organized and not all over the floor.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for FUNCTIONALITY.






HYBRID-APPLICATION™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE took the brass ring when it comes to HYBRID-APPLICATION™. A Cliff's Notes definition of what HYBRID-APPLICATION™ is would be that it is applicable for use in multiple environments. Whether home, school, library, educational facility or even a restaurant, Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE still shine like a beacon for applicable use.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE pulled its weight all the way to an almost perfect score of [5] stars for HYBRID-APPLICATION™.






PORTABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE guarantee nothing short of a perfect score yet again when it comes to PORTABILITY. Whether Lay-n-Go or Lay-n-Go LITE, just pull the draw strings even if fully loaded and put it away or take it with you on your travels. You can't get much simpler than that!

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE screamed in the gates with a perfect score of [5] stars for PORTABILITY






VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [3.5] an image of 3.5 gold  stars

Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE both presented a very challenging task to establish an accurate rating when it comes to VISUAL APEAL. Being activity mats with no real imagery or fancy items to draw your attention, the visual appeal is a little above average.

It is important to remember though that the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE weren't designed to show much of anything when in use. The activity mats are covered with toys and other objects so that the idea of visual appeal becomes a more moot point.

On the other hand, the colorful edges of the Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE do in fact draw attention and are aesthetically pleasing, enough to earn an above average score.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that-Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE made their mark with an above-average of [3.5] stars for VISUAL APPEAL.
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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



THE TOY MAN® SEAL OF APPROVAL

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Since 1971 The Toy Man® Seal of Approval has served as an emblem of professional recognition for a 
product or service having met the strict evaluation standards of The Toy Man® Product Guide. Since 1971, "The Toy Man® Seal of Approval" has served as an emblem and standard for professional recognition of a product or online service having met the globally recognized evaluation standards of The Toy Man® Product Guide.

This emblem was first established in 1971 by the International Parenting Institute™. It is modeled after the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval®", an emblem of recognition for products which meet the globally recognized high standards set forth by the Good Housekeeping Institute®.





THE TOY MAN® AWARDS

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"The Toy Man® Award of Excellence" is awarded to inductees that have an overall Evaluation Category Rating Average, ECRA™, of [5] Stars. That is the highest level of rating available on a 1-5 scale evaluation model. The ECRA is based upon the overall average from all applicable evaluation categories"
PLEASE NOTE: There are a total of 357 evaluation categories with a minimum of 231 being applicable to any one product or online service in our evaluation process with 6 being featured in the Evaluation Report Summary, ERS.


The Toy Man® eChoice™ Award, by Rev. James
G.W. Fisher, (Chief editor and Product Evaluation Specialist of The Toy Man® Product Guide), and staff.  
These products have demonstrated that they possess the potential as well as high probability to be top sellers.
The Toy Man ®An image of the editorsChoice logo Award serves as an emblem of recognition for products & online services that contribute substantially to positive skill growth and/or productivity.

This distinguished award is exclusive as well as unique, with the editor's signature which represents a product being selected as an An image of the editorsChoice logo
PLEASE NOTE: The eChoice™ Award images which were used from 1971-1984, 1984-2007 and 2007-April 2010 have been retrired. Although the versions of the eChoice™ Award have been retired, they still remain valid.
 


Since 1971 The Toy Man® Seal of Approval has served as an emblem of professional recognition for a 
product or service having met the strict evaluation standards of The Toy Man® Product Guide.
The Toy Man® S.T.E.M. Award - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.), play a vital role with innovative new ideas being transformed into a reality.  The Toy Man® S.T.E.M. Award has been created to give recognition to those that have held their course in completion of graduate studies with an end result of a valuable contribution to society and/or industry needs.


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