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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Medium Sensory Playmat Set 2
Rheannan WIlliams
Excellent Product

Brilliant product and fantastic for kids with additional needs. Thanks for a great product.

Sensory playmats

Love these mats. They look great, feel great and the kids LOVE them. So many ways they can be used. The kids have loved putting the puzzle pieces together, standing on them, sitting on them and just feeling them. Am thinking I’ll need to get more!

Wonderful product

Such a nice, colorful and sturdy triangle. My 1 yr old love standing on one side and staring out of the window, crawling underneath and walking around the pikler !!

Swedish Corner Wallbars - S4 Kids Play Centre

Great Product for the kids they love it!.
Good quality product with good instructions to install.
Assembly was easy.
Kids love to play on it and it is helping them develop and use energy.
Fast delivery and great support and service from Tinnitots!

One Happy Family

Indoor gym helps my kids stay active and healthy.

I have finally found the Swedish Walls in Australia at Tinnitots! And I have recently purchased Swedish Corner Wallbars for my children.
I’m very happy with the quality. It’s was very easy to assemble (not harder then IKEA). It’s a very steady and strong construction, easy to adjust to either right or left corner of the room.
My kids absolutely love it, they became stronger and more confident in themselves climbing up and down. Great release of energy for the 3 year olds, especially when it has been raining this year so much! Overall very happy with the purchase and highly recommend! Thank you Tinnitots for the great service!

Sensory playmat

Absolutely thrilled with our sensory playmat. With 4 kids ranging from 3-10 they all love using it.
Tinnitots has excellent communication would order from them again!

brilliant addition to the clinic

These have been a great clinical addition to the clinic. Kids love them and I have had no hesitation in suggesting them to families when clinically indicated.

thanks Tinnitots

The best sensory toy ever!

I have purchased 10 large tiles, a combination of firm and soft ones. To say they have been popular would be an understatement! First of all, they look and feel fantastic: great colours and attractive designs that represent natural things like shells, cones, sticks, etc. The plastic they are made of has no odour which is great for young children. Secondly, the mats are loved by all - from tiny babies to feel the textures with their hands to 5 yo kids who love walking and running on them! Not to mention parents who also enjoy a nice foot massage stepping on those tiles. Since we have started using them in our centre (about 3 weeks now), we have had so many positive comments from parents and squeals of joy from kids when they are on those sensory mats. The tiles are easy to put together and modify the layout, there is no problem cleaning them and storing in a box. I am even thinking of getting some more!

Fantastic!

The mats are a wonderful addition to my classroom. Other teachers want them and students play with them all day. Also the best customer service! Thank you!!

Love this!

My 20 month old son really enjoys playing with the bear! Looking forward to reaching him how to tie shoe laces with it when he is a bit older. Really good for his fine motor skills

Tres contente !

J'ai offert ce busy-board à mon fils pour ses 1 an & j'en suis très contente ! Thank you Tinnitots.

My boy loves it

What a fantastic activity cube. High quality and finishes are perfect.Highly recommend.
Thank you for excellent customer service too.

Christmas Present

Great product, easy to assemble and strong. Delivery was quicker than expected as well so there was plenty of time to have it assembled in preperation for Christmas day for my daughter.

Must have for toddlers!

My favourite toddler product yet! A must buy! Our little ones loves climbing up when we are in the kitchen to help with the dishes, preparing food or just being at our level. It has taken away so much of the stress of meal times when he used to be in my feet making a mess pulling everything out and wanting my attention! He is now happy to see what is going on and mostly play in the sink! It has developed his autonomy so much! Thank you for an awesome product!

Must have!!

The most beautiful quality busy board. Amazing product and fantastic customer service.
A must have toy - keeps my toddler entertained and engaged

Awesome addition

We love the slide/climbing wall. Sturdy and versatile and it looks awesome with the climbing triangle.

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Wooden Pikler Triangle W1
Elizabeth Reynolds
Love it

We love our climbing triangle! The best price we could find for something that is such good quality. Our 1 and 2 year olds love it and it looks great!

Happy Fathers Day

I bought the Wooden Indoor Pikler Gym W3 for my 2.5 year old son, and we assembled it on Fathers Day. It is very well made, and easy to construct (I am a Mechanical Engineer with a background in Product Engineering), and I am confident it will be reliable and long lasting. My son loves it, he quickly mastered the slide and ladders, and in the following days gained the confidence to try the climbing wall, and rope ladder. It is great to watch him gaining valuable gymnastic skills in the safety of my living room. The price was more than I planned to spend, but the value for money is excellent. Definitely recommended! I should add Thomas was very helpful with my pre-sale questions, delivery, and a follow up phone call to make sure I was happy with the purchase, great customer service!

Excellent product and customer service!

Firstly the customer service was incredible. Within minutes of purchasing the sensory board I received a tracking ID email to the courier service. I received the parcel the very next day and had a text follow up from Tinnitots to confirm they had seen the parcel had been delivered and had I received it ok. The quality is fantastic and it is exactly as shown in the photos. I highly recommend Tinnitots to anyone looking for amazing and interactive children's toys. The price is certainly worth it, you can see that the board is built to last and with such great customer service, especially during covid, I can't speak more highly of the products and of Tinnitots.

Great product

Great customer service. Product is very well made and so easy to assemble. Perfect in our therapy clinic for young children.

Best & Favourite Purchase

Absolutely LOVE this pikler for my 7month old daughter! We spend so much time with it. We got the larger one so she can eventually grow into it! It is a great size really easy to assemble. Absolutely recommend to all those who are thinking of purchasing!

Another Fabulous Product

Colourful, solid, beautifully finished like all of the Tinnitots products. I have bought 3 of these for my Gymbaroo centres and the children love them from crawling babies to preschoolers.

Awesome Climbing frame

We love everything about the gym. It looks beautiful and is so solid, safe and appealing.
The Gymbaroo kids love it and it makes a great addition to our babyroom.

Great product and amazing customer service Very happy

My next top product arrived on time and I was so well informed at every stage, very happy with customer service.
The product is solid and very high quality. Smooth finish throughout. Highly recommend.

Gorgeous pikler! Easy to assemble! Excellent costumer service. Definitely will recommend!

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