This toy was her first favorite play thing. She enjoyed kicking and batting at the hanging octopus (and putting her foot in it's loop every time). The music is enjoyable too. There's nothing particularly educational about it, it's just a good toy for baby to practice using their hands and feet, and rolling. The actual toys that come with the mat aren't great. They are very cheap in quality. The circles with pictures can't be washed or the paper (picture) just comes off, and my daughter never glanced at that huge whale. It just isn't fun to play with. I bought my own dangling toys and added them to the ones that came with the mat.