A dance mat for kids can be made at home, or it can be purchased from stores that carry video game products or aerobic products. Where to purchase the dance mat depends on its ultimate use.
For unstructured play that involves the children simply dancing to their favorite music without any worry, the mat can be made at home or purchased at an aerobics store. Aerobic stores such as Dick's Sporting Goods carry mats that are thinner for yoga use, or ones that are thicker for activities such as cartwheels and jumping. The thicker the mat, the more plush it is when the children are dancing. The mats are typically available in-store, as well as online.
For dance mats that are meant to be used with electronic products such as the popular Dance Dance Revolution, these mats can be purchased at an electronics store online or offline. Some general stores also carry the video game as well as the dance mat. This is a structured game that allows children the change to match their movements to those of the game. It also allows children to play in multiplayer levels where they challenge one another to see who can perform the movements the best.