Why Kids Should Go Barefoot More?

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We all know about the 5 important senses (sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste), but we often forget about MOVEMENT as a significant sensory component. Play activities like going barefoot on a sensory play mat, stimulate the proprioceptive system and vestibular system that are integral components of healthy development. These systems contribute to everything from balance and visual skills, to attention and behaviour. Exploring the world using the sense of movement further contributes to kids’ secure and organised sense of themselves.

Remember your childhood when kids ran barefoot on the grass, on rocks by the river and on the pebbles and leaves in the garden or forest. We jumped over fallen logs and balanced on them. We waded by the sea or river, looking for empty shells and building castles of sand or mud. Such fun memories and we were fortunate to have felt these amazing experiences under our feet.

But what about our children? Our lifestyles and where we live have changed, and we are less surrounded by nature, and more by the roads and concrete of high density living. Too much screen time and less active play, are one of the primary reason for poor physical, social and intellectual developments in kids .

The solution sounds pretty simple. Give our kids the exposure to nature and the outdoors by visiting forests, walking barefoot on natural elements or make them jump from wooden logs. But our forever busy lifestyle makes it difficult to do everyday.  

While we cannot bring the forest into our home. However, with help of experts, science and technology, we can help recreate the experience in new innovative ways through “Muffik's Orthopaedic sensory playmats”

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With a focus on barefoot stimulation , the benefits of Muffik’s orthopaedic sensory play mats are rooted within some of nature’s best kept secrets. More specifically, such sensory stimulation has a long and advantageous history, as the interaction between feet and the earth’s natural surfaces and textures has been proven to significantly contribute to healthy bones and joints.

Combining nature and science, Muffik created 3D templates from many natural elements. And then made sensory play mats so you can create your own nature with your chosen elements. How cool is that!

So what is Muffik's Sensory Playmat?

Muffik Orthopaedic sensory playmats are inspired by nature and have been engineered to specifically replicate the surfaces and sensations felt in nature by children’s feet. The soft and firm types of interlocking mats feature the textures and surfaces of grass, pebbles, seashells and forests. These textures mimic the benefits and pleasures of walking barefoot over real surfaces. The purpose is to give children an experience of walking on different natural surfaces in a safe environment. 

Recommended by paediatricians, physiotherapists, podiatrists and occupational therapists, these fun orthopaedic massage mats bring healthy barefoot walking not only to children’s rooms, playrooms and kindergartens; but also to your offices. An interactive toy for babies, toddlers, teens and even adults, that truly is helping to create a healthy lifestyle.

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These sensory playmats are designed as an interlocking puzzle, just like a jigsaw. They come in 2 sizes with numerous shapes and colours providing hours of fun active play.

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The Benefits of an Orthopaedic Sensory Playmat

Speaking of benefits, our sensory floor mats provide an excellent alternative to outdoor barefoot play especially when the weather is not really in your favour.

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These orthopaedic mats are specially designed to prevent and improve various foot development issues including Valgus (Knock Knee), Varus (Bow Legged) conditions, Club Foot and Flat Feet.

Walking on uneven surfaces help children to distribute their weight evenly and efficiently throughout their bodies and allows children to develop a more natural gait which is gentler, has a shorter stride and puts less pressure through the heels. The knees bend more to cushion each step and the toes help grip and forward movement.

  1. Foot Health 

    The uneven surfaces support the appropriate range of motion in the foot and ankle joints, in addition to adequate strength and stability within the muscles and ligaments of the feet.

  2. Stability and Control

    Walking on Muffik floor mats allows for better control of foot position on contact with the ground. Whereas the wearing of modern stabilizing footwear can interfere with the development of a child’s foot strength, ankle stability and movement pattern.

  3. Body Function and Kinesthetic Awareness

    These sensory play mats strengthen and maintain the full function of the children’s feet and body and supports the improvement of their kinesthetic awareness. This helps children learn to navigate the space around them safely.

  4. Prevention of Flat Feet and Correction of Posture

    Muffik orthopedic puzzles correct gait, flat feet, shrunken arches and help overall posture development.

  5. Improved Balance and Proprioception

    Muffik play mats improve proprioception; the children`s sense of the relative position of body parts in relation to the other parts of the body along with their joint and muscle sensations.

  6. Sensory Stimulation and Fun

    Walking barefoot on Muffik sensory floor mats can also help brain development as children learn to balance and develop all of the other sensory systems in the body.

  7. Beneficial for Kids with Autism

    Yes, Muffik sensory play mats are even recommended for children with autism to improve physical, sensory and cognitive development. Sensory play may provide value for children with regards to processing sensory information and communication.

  8. Versatile for all generation use

    Puzzle floors are incredibly versatile and offer healthy foot development for all generations. Use in the bathroom, as a rug underneath a bed or in offices underneath the table for a relaxing foot massage. Orthopaedic mats help to reduce fatigue and pain, relieve tension in the feet and improve blood circulation. These orthopaedic floor mats are also beneficial for adults through foot relaxation, better activation of foot and ankle muscles, and improved mechanics of the hips, knees, and core.

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How Safe are Muffik's sensory mats?

With regard to safety, Muffik's puzzle shaped mats are designed with help of orthopaedics, physiotherapists and podiatrists and are super safe for children. ANZ Safety Tested and Certified, non-toxic, anti-slip playmats are manufactured to the highest standard with quality materials so that children have a comfortable and playful experience.

Muffik's sensory floor mats are also tested according to EU standards:  EN 71-1:2014 + A1:2018 and EN 71-2:2011 + A1:2014 and EN 71-3:2019-08.

At TINNITOTS, we are extremely proud to be involved with MUFFIK, helping our passion for educating parents about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in kids from an early stage.

Be it Indoor Gyms or Soft Play or Busy Boards and now Sensory play mats; we continue to bring innovative and interactive products for our Australia and New Zealand parents to help every kid grow into healthy, balanced, confident and capable adults.

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Based on 97 reviews
Spin Discs Rotans Set

these are such a great addition to our playarea. my boys absolutely love them. They are well made. such a great fun piece for gross motor fun.

Great for sensory seekers!

My little one’s absolutely love them! Perfect for all ages including adult. Fast delivery and great communication ⭐️

Game changer !

My little one absolutely loves her Muffik mats ! We use in so many way !! Shower, playroom, outside that’s are fantastic for emotional regulation !

Amazing set of sensory mats

We have the medium set 1 of the Muffik sensory mats and everyone in the house loves them! It’s such a cool idea that you can arrange them however you like as a puzzle! You won’t be disappointed with this set!

Love it

So perfect

Family fun gym - Next Top
Leigh Mc
Brilliant Quality and so much fun!

Honestly such a sturdy and well built product! The kids are so drawn to it and I’m loving watching their confidence grow!! Little miss (almost 2) is very happy to have somewhere safe she’s allowed to live out love of her climbing!

Game changer for sensory lovers!

Both my boys are massive sensory seekers and they haven’t put these down since we got them! I know these are going to be so loved for years to come!

We have used both inside and out and i can wait to included them in sensory and small world play!

Wonderful for so many ages and even our dog seems to love them! 😂

100% recommend these!

Incredible product for the whole family to enjoy

My son has been loving our mats since they arrived. They are bright and colourful and the textures are so much fun to explore. Our hole family has loved walking over the different floors. They make for the perfect mess-free sensory experience!

Damaged feet

I have purchased your products on the advice of my podiatrist who has said that after ten years working in steel capped boots, my feat needed Vitamin T (Texture). I have found the mats to be very good, and suggest that any old blokes like myself who have crook feet chat to a podiatrist and then purchase some of your mats.

For Puppies too!

I provide puppy classes for club members. Part of socialisation is sensory learning, sights, sounds, sensations. Pups love them , puppy owners enthused to encourage their pups to walk all over them. Great experience for all. Will buy more!

Swedish Giant Wallbars - S7
Jolene Kattenberg
Occupational Therapy room

I am so impressed with the customer service from Tinnitots. All questions answered, quick delivery, and follow up. The equipment was relatively easy to put up. My engineer husband was very impressed by the quality of the product and how well it fit together. I am so looking forward to having my clients explore this equipment when they come to their session. I only ordered one mat, as I wanted to look at the quality before I ordered more. It is just perfect, so going to order another two asap.

Ninja Home Play Set
Bree Rogers

My 5yo is in love, swinging and climbing all day!

Couldn't Be Happier With Our Purchase!

We were pleasantly surprised upon opening our new climbing equipment with the exceptional quality of every item - it surpassed our expectations and we cannot fault it! The sturdiness, the paint quality, the feel of the grips on the ladder, even the scramble net and rope are such exceptional quality! I'm really pleased that Tinnitots have brought these amazing products to Australia. We couldn't find any other products that suited our needs, as well as looked as nice, and were as great quality online in Australia. I would highly recommend these to any families that have wriggly kids that need to move their bodies frequently: It's been a game-changer for us to have something like this indoors! Thomas at Tinnitots also provided wonderful and speedy customer service pre-and post purchasing, which has also been a delight! Thank you Tinnitots!!


This is such an adorable set and pairs perfectly with our larger mats. Great mix of textures and beautiful bright colours. Perfect for tummy time and encouraging baby to reach and feel the different textures. Fun and easy way for little hands to practice putting together puzzle pieces too. A really good option if you don’t have the space or money for the larger mats. Service from Tinnitots is always excellent.

I love the sensory play mats and use them with my Podiatry clients on a very regular basis, you're never too old to have fun with your feet!

Great quality and fast delivery. My little one absolutely loves exploring all the textures. Beautiful natural colour range


These Muffik sensory mats are incredible.
They are great quality and my son with additional needs loves them.
Tinnitots was a fast and reliable store to use, with great communication.

Highly recommend both the product and the companies.

Monkey Swings
Ally Watson
Great swing

The kids love this swing! They use it to sit, stand and swing multiple time during the day! They love that it can be adjusted to different heights! It’s a great addition to our monkey bars!

Best one

That is sensory mat I am looking for long time. Sensory mat is good for age from 6 months to 4 years old or even older who loves sensory. I brought this pack for my two boys, my old one is 4 years old, he loves it . He enjoys exploring different types of sensory mat. Also, I let me little one (4 months old)try it as to explore his world.

A fantastic tool for a professional creative arts therapist

The Roots Sensory Play Mats Set offers a high-quality and engaging play experience for people of all ages. The mats are durable, safe, and feature vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and various sensory elements. With its versatile range of themed mats, this set promotes cognitive development and fine motor skills while providing hours of educational fun. Building sensory awareness through our feet is the best way to ground ourselves and regulate our nervous system. Thank you.

Great sensory resource

I purchased a set of these to add to my collection of sensory resources for my family day care children. They absolutely love them - from putting the puzzle together to taking shoes off to walk over them. Some children even love to lay on them and feel the different textures. They are great quality and not too big for little hands to manoeuvre.

Swedish Wall frame S6

Very well made - the metal tubes are thick and sturdy which makes me feel confident that it will be long lasting. The fixings are of good quality too.

The instructions are not clear or easy to understand but with some tips from the Tinnitots YouTube channel, we worked it out.

Diamond Sensory Play Mats Set

Amazing and my boys went into a lull the seconds they touched the grass looking one they went still and laid on it. Dmwould not move from it

Enhancing Sensory Exploration and Development: A Review of the Medium Sensory Playmats Set 1

Title: Enhancing Sensory Exploration: The Medium Sensory Playmats Set 1 for Children with Disabilities

The Medium Sensory Playmats Set 1 is an exceptional eight-piece playset designed to assist children with disabilities in their sensory development. With a thoughtful combination of soft and firm surfaces, this playset offers a well-rounded sensory experience. The inclusion of soft short-haired pieces, like the Grass Soft and Dino Eggs Soft mats, provides a calming sensation, promoting motor skills and imaginative abilities. Firm pieces such as the Twister, Pebbles, Muffik, Seashells, Nuts, and Pinecones mats offer tactile stimulation, enhancing concentration, stability, and foot stimulation. The puzzle-shaped design and vibrant colors encourage active play, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills.


These mats are fantastic. Such high quality which provide a very soft landing. These mats make sure it’s a safe environment!