The play mat arrived in a pretty plastic bag & on opening it, I noticed the mat felt sturdy & well made. It looks like it will be very durable. It's easy to inflate it & fill with water, then you just simply close the cap & place it on the floor for baby to explore.The fish shapes move around and the colours are bright and attractive. It really does seem to spark curiosity. It can entertain for a good while. It seems a really fun way to encourage baby to start learning, and that has to be a good thing.