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Best Toddler & Kids Play Rugs: 3D Playroom Rugs

Play rugs not only add color and texture to your childs bedroom, but they can become a comfortable place for a child to sit and play or become a toy in and of itself. While daycares, some schools, nurserys and even some homes have dedicated play rooms, many homes do not so the kids bedroom or a portion of the living room actually doubles as their playroom.

The childrens play rugs mentioned in this best of shopping list can make great educational gifts for toddlers and older kids and can be used anywhere there is a play area for children!

Our List of the Very Best Kids & Toddler Rugs

1
IVI 3D Mini City Play Mat

Summary

This large play mat rug measures 71″ by 53″ and is hypoallergenic and stain resistant. The raised details on this makes playing with this feel more realistic to young children. With roads, an airport, parking lot, and harbor this mat is a toy as well as part of the playroom decor. Hot wheel type vehicles work best on this.

Pros
  • This encourages imaginative play
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended Age

This is suitable for children 2 years and up

What Makes This Play Rug Stand Out?

This play mat stands out due to its huge size and the quality of the mat itself. The raised details makes this an ideal rug for a playroom since it allows the rug to become part of the toys that children may choose to play with.

2
Animal Sharks DoorMat

Summary

This 36.2 inch in diameter rug features 3 sharks swimming below the surface of the water. This is a great rug for a slightly older child’s room and is sure to be a great conversation piece when friends come over.

Pros
  • Soft on feet
  • Great for encouraging imagination
Cons
  • Rug is actually quite small
Recommended Age

This childrens rug is best suited for ages 8 and above who have an interest in the ocean and sharks

What Makes This Stand Out?

The shark theme of this captures attention while the lighter shade of blue looks like the sun reflecting off the water making this rug look more realistic.

3
3D Design Car Rug

Summary

This highly colorful car rug measures 59 inches by 39 inches and features roads, houses, a Ferris wheel, a harbor and more. This rug will definitely add color and texture to a child’s bedroom or playroom and in addition makes for a toy in itself.

Pros
  • Easy to clean
  • Makes for a great place for kids to play cars
Cons
  • Not super soft
Recommended Age

This is perfect for children ages 2 years and up

What Makes This Car Rug Stand Out?

The bright colors of this car rug makes this a great addition to any child’s play area.

4
IVI Mini City Thick 3D Kid’s Car Rug

Summary

This measures 39 inches by 59 inches and is hypoallergenic and stain resistant. It is a smaller version of the IVI Mini City Play Mat Rug. This does have less pile areas leaving much of the rug as roadways, being just the rug backing.

Pros
  • Streets are smooth so cars roll easily
  • Adds color and texture to the room 
Cons
  • The printed streets are not as clear as they could be
Recommended Age

This play rug is ideal for children ages 2 years and up

What Makes This Play Rug Stand Out?

This is high quality and designed to provide hours of fun play for those children who like small cars.

5
LoveHouse 3D Optical Illusion Rug

Summary

This 3 dimensional rug is great for any playroom and encourages tons of imaginative play as kid’s try and jump from one board of the bridge to another as they make up various adventures using this rug or play mat. It has an anti skin back and is not rough on skin.

Pros
  • Bright colors
  • Very realistic looking
Cons
  • With no reviews can’t tell how durable this will be
Recommended Age

Appropriate for a playroom for any age child from toddlers to tweens

What Makes This Stand Out?

The realistic look of this adds to its charm as does the bright colors and good illustrations.

6
IVI 3D Playhouse Rug

Summary

This playhouse rug measures 39 inches by 59 inches and the rug is set up like rooms in a house. The rug can accommodate dolls the size of Barbie or smaller and actually is easier for small children to use than an actual playhouse.

Pros
  • Easy to vacuum
  • Don’t need to purchase any furniture for a child to use this as a dollhouse
Cons
  • Several users are disappointed that there is no excess furniture
Recommended Age

While this can be used in any child’s playroom it is best suited to children 3 years and up

What Makes This Playhouse Rug Stand Out?

This rug has several rooms neatly laid out with the raised areas being furniture such as beds, sofas, stands, and a small yard.

7
Hopscotch Rug

Summary

This brightly colored rug measures 78 inches by 26 inches and adds not only color and texture to your child’s room or playroom, but also makes for a great play area on its own. In addition, playing hopscotch is fun and will give a child some exercise while indoors.

Pros
  • Well made and colorful
  • Fun activity
Cons
  • Small amount of reviews on which to judge the durability of this
Recommended Age

Suitable for 4 years old and up

What Makes this Stand Out?

This stands out because of it’s large size and bright colors

8
Tiger Area Rug

Summary

This is a cute area rug for a nursery or kid’s bedroom especially if the room has a jungle theme. Infants and toddlers simply like sitting or laying on this cute rug while older kids may use their imagination to play big game hunter.

Pros
  • Very soft
  • Nice size
Cons
  • Looks cheap
Recommended Age

Perfect for children of any age

What Makes This Rug Stand Out?

The tiger shape of this along with the cartoon like face of the tiger makes it a huge hit with young children of all ages.

Summary

This cute and colorful abc rug is perfect for any young child’s bedroom or playroom. This rug shows both the capital and lowercase letters as well as foods beginning with each letter. This is a great educational mat and can be used to begin to teach young children letter recognition and to remind slightly older kids what each letter of the alphabet looks like.

Pros
  • Brightly colored
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Some of the pictures of the food are not clear
Recommended Age

This abc rug is appropriate for any nursery play area through 6 or 7 years old

What Makes This Stand Out?

The quality of this colorful rug combined with its educational benefits makes this worth having in any play area.

10
Solar System Rug

Summary

This solar system rug is a great educational rug for a playroom or older elementary students bedroom. This rug labels every planet and even includes Pluto (which is no longer considered a planet.) This is 5 feet by 8 feet, is fade resistant and is made in the USA.

Pros
  • Very nice and not scratchy making it ideal for children to sit on
  • Vacuums easily
Cons
  • Has a chemical smell
Recommended Age

Best suited for kids 6 and up

What Makes This Stand Out?

Colorful, durable and the planets are labeled. The rug is a nice size and is comfortable for children to sit or lay on when playing.

11
Map of the US Rug

Summary

This educational rug is perfect for any elementary child’s playroom or bedroom. The rug is a map of the United States with an alphabet border. This is a great rug for any playroom as it familiarizes kids with the names and location of various states and just may help improve their skills in geography.

Pros
  • Vacuums easily
  • Durable
Cons
  • The map indicates that Rhode Island is part of Connecticut
Recommended Age

Is best suited for play areas used by kids aged 8 and up

What Makes This Stand Out?

This is colorful and well made and can washed in the washing machine

12
Continent Rug

Summary

With so many children not knowing their geography like they should, this continent rug is a great addition to a kid’s bedroom or playroom. The rug measures 6’6″ by 9′ 5″ and displays 6 of the 7 continents. The rug also includes different animals that can be found on various continents.

Pros
  • Continents are nicely labeled
  • Shows where the continents are located
Cons
  • The Arctic is not shown
Recommended Age

Suitable for any play area it is best suited for kids 8 years and above

What Makes This Stand Out?

The animals on the border of this makes the rug more interesting to children and not only does this rug give children a comfortable place to sit, but it can also be used as a teaching aid.

13
Early Educational Playroom Rug

Summary

Playroom rugs especially for infants and toddlers gives them a comfortable place to sit on the floor and play. In addition this educational rug offers some early educational value to toddlers and preschoolers. The rug displays the alphabet, numbers 1 through 10, and basic shapes. It can also aid in counting and color recognition as well.

Pros
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Not very thick
Recommended Age

Suitable for play areas used by infants and toddlers

What Makes This Stand Out?

This play rug has bright colors and features letters, numbers and shapes. It also is quite large allowing for several kids to play on the rug at one time.

14
Marble Aim Play Carpet

Summary

This marble aim carpet is both an educational and fun activity carpet. The carpet measures 79 inches by 36 inches and is designed to play marble games and improve adding and subtracting skills by keeping score as children play.

Pros
  • Rolls out flat and has bright colors
  • Can be used indoors or out
Cons
  • Must buy marbles separately
Recommended Age

This carpet is best suited for playrooms or bedrooms used only by children ages 6 years and up

What Makes This Stand Out?

This =is made to be durable and provide for some indoor play time.

15
Checker/Tic Tac Toe Rug

Summary

This is a small rug that is meant to put away between uses, but it is ideal for playing checkers and tic tac toe. This small soft carpet measures 26″ by 26″ and has a fringe border. It also comes with 24 large checkers that you can use both to play checkers and tic tac toe.

Pros
  • Comes with cloth bag for storage
  • Helps improve kid’s reasoning skills
Cons
  • Doesn’t smell great
Recommended Age

This little rug checkerboard is perfect for any child old enough to play tic tac toe.

What Makes This Stand Out?

This rug checker game rug is great because it is portable allowing your child to take this game with them to grandparents, the park or on camping trips.

16
IVI 3D Traffic Play Rug

Summary

This traffic play rug measures 31.5 inches by 44.5 inches and is made from anti-static, hypoallergenic, material as well as non toxic fabric and dyes. This kids rug is designed to be used with Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars or other cars of the same approximate size.

Pros
  • Although the rugs arrives tightly rolled it flattens out well once it is opened
  • This are rug is sturdy and durable
Cons
  • The rug is a bit pricey
Recommended Age

This playroom rug is perfect for children age 2 and up

What Makes This Stand Out?

This rug is a good size for a bedroom as well as a playroom and has streets laid out in a manner that makes it easy to drive small vehicles around.

Buyer’s Guide to Choose the Best Playroom Rugs

When choosing rugs for playrooms, kid’s bedrooms or play areas there are a few things you should take into consideration in order to ensure that you purchase the right rug for that play space. Let’s look at some of the things you should consider.

Is The Rug Kid Friendly?

When choosing a rug for a kid’s play area you need to consider whether or not the rug you are buying is kid friendly. You are going to want to choose a rug that will stay in place when young children crawl, scooter and even wrestle on the rug.

You also want to avoid rugs with a lot of light colors that show dirt quickly. You may also want to choose stain resistant rugs or rugs that can be washed in the washing machine.

Size

When it comes to rugs for a children’s play area size does matter. First of all you are going to want to make sure that any rug you choose should fit the area itself and be large enough for children to sit and even lay on. If possible, and you have the space you are going to want a rug large enough to accommodate all or most of the children who will be using the play area.

Durability

You are also going to look for an area rug that is durable. In areas where the rug has actual rug piles make sure that the fibers are nice and dense and sewed into the rug well. Also check the backing on the rug and make sure that the backing is solid and not likely to peel off easily. Check to see if the rug is fade resistant.

Entertainment Vs. Educational Value

Any rug for a playroom should encourage children to use their imagination, offer them a place and means to play or be educational in some way. Since most children learn through play many kid’s playroom rugs are both entertaining and educational. By the rug offering entertainment or educational value you actually are extending the usefulness of your play area.

Ease of Upkeep

You are going to want that playroom rug easy to keep up. It should vacuum easy and not attract lint or tend to pill. It should also be easy to spot clean and there is an added benefit if the rug can be machine washed.

Final Thoughts on the Very Best Toddler & Kids Play Rugs

If you are looking for a playroom rug we hope that this playroom rug guide will make choosing the right rug for your play area an enjoyable experience.

Sheryl Jackson

Sheryl is a grandmother who has 3 adult children, many grandchildren and a large number of nieces and nephews. Over the decades Sheryl has purchased countless toys and gifts for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Sheryl has a degree in communcations and creative writing and has been writing about toys and gifts for many years. Sheryl is excited to be part of the Pigtail Pals content and editorial team!

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