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Sensory play mats and the benefits for child development.


Families across the UK, and the world, are discovering the benefits of Sensory play. Using barefoot stimulation as an aid for physical and cognitive development, our play mats are becoming ever more popular for both the child and the parents.

As we are a family run company, 'Happy Feet Play Mats' is proud to be the first to bring this groundbreaking technology into the UK. From our family to yours.

In our blog today we will go through our most frequently asked questions by our customers :


  • How do sensory play mats aid development?

  • Are there any other benefits of sensory play mats?

  • What makes Happy Feet Play Mats special?

  • What makes Happy Feet Play Mats special?

  • What does a sensory play mat look like?


How do sensory play mats aid development?


Before shoes came along our feet experienced a lot more than just carpet, shoes and concrete. Healthy bones and joints were formed by our feet being in contact with nature's surfaces. These natural textures are recreated with 'Happy Feet PLay Mats' to help your child develop.

It is quite often the case that walking in shoes prohibits the growth of muscles and joints. In the natural world we would be walking over uneven surfaces such as soil, twigs and sand. This promotes the growth of muscles and joints in a way that is not possible on the smoother surfaces we are often presented with.

Happy Feet Sensory Play Mats are designed to give the stimulation to young children that would normally be provided within a more naturally textured environment. Happy Feet Play Mats are designed under consultation from top orthopaedic experts. Their input has helped develop a system which enables a boost of core strength and a development aid to your child's posture.


What are the other benefits of sensory play mats?


Due to the bottom of the foot being one of the most sensitive parts of the human body, barefoot stimulation is also used as an aid to the improvement of cognitive function. Scientists have discovered a direct link between Sensory elements in the classroom and improved levels of concentration and cognitive development. It is not just children who benefit, adults have been known to notice an improved sensation of muscle and joint development.


What makes Happy Feet Play Mats special and different?


Although most physiotherapists are well-acquainted with the technology, very few parents are aware of the benefits. This is why Happy Feet Play Mats are so proud to be the people who increase the awareness of such an important development tool.

The founders of Happy Feet Play Mats, Anthony and Marketa, both come from a physiotherapy and sports backgrounds and have found a joint passion for taking the mats out of the medical centre and into the homes of young families around the UK.


What does a sensory play mat look like?


Happy Feet Sensory Play mats have a jigsaw like shape to each tile. They all fit together easily and consist of vibrantly bright colours and various textures. You can mix and match as much as you see fit. They fit in perfectly to any nursery or playroom.


Each tile has its own specific function, they can be used for general improvement and even to aid in the correction of common conditions such as knock knee, club foot and Bow legs.


Firm play mats


Our firm play mat textures include acorns, grass and moss. These recreate the sensation of our ancestors walking through a forest floor, they offer the ability to prevent flat feet by strengthening the muscles and joints.

Soft play mats

Choose from pebbles, spikes, flowers and many more. Our soft play mats help remove the strain placed on painful areas of the feet and ease the effects of leg fatigue such as swelling.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team members today to learn more about how sensory play mats can aid your child’s development. Drop us an email at hello@happyfeetplaymats.co.uk today or take a look at our full range of sensory play mats here.


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