The Lay-n-Go activity mat was designed by a mom to help keep the clutter of kid's small toys under control. Lay out one of the activity mats for your kid to play legos on and at the end of the playtime, all you have to do is pull the drawstring to cleanup. Wrap up the cord and tuck it into the sewed on pocket and all the Legos or other small pieces are tidy and tucked away, ready to be stored in any convenient location.
ClassBrain tried out the Lay-n-Go Lite, which is an 18 inch version of the activity mat that is meant to be used while traveling or out and about for the day. The product performs well, giving the kids a well-defined area for the setup of their toys, and creating a nice tightly seal unit with very little work when you're cleaning up. The quick pull and close model is great for restaurants, where you need to get ready to leave fairly quickly, and yet you'd love to have something to distract the kids while you're waiting to eat, or while you're having your coffee after the meal.
The one thing that worries me is the pull cord. This is not a product that you can have around the house if you have an infant or toddler in the house. Even the Lay-n-Go LIte activity mat has a long cord. Since the length of the cord is 3.14 times the diameter, you can see that the cord is going to be a noose that is certainly large enough to slip over the largest toddler's head. Small children would have no problem slipping their heads through the loop and run the risk of strangling. There is a pocket on the activity mat, that is meant to store the cord when it's pulled, however, I don't think that it's enough to mitigate the danger to the little kids.
If your kids are under the age of 5 or 6. I would use extreme caution with it. Older kids aren't as much at risk for strangling with items like this, but if I were the company, I would look at creating a different type of closure that doesn't leave the product with such a safety hazard.
So we have mixed reviews on this one. It is definitely handy, especially for traveling or running around town during the day, but I wouldn't recommend it for families with very young children. I would think you would want your kids to be at least six or seven years old to be safe rather than at risk.
To learn more about their products, visit their website at www.layngo.com/.