National Go Barefoot Day was inspired to raise awareness and mobilize folks to help provide millions of people worldwide with shoes. 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day, and 400 million of them are children. This kind of poverty means struggling without essentials like shoes. We wholeheartedly support the cause and cheer for organizations and companies that are tackling this problem.
We also recognize Go Barefoot Day as an opportunity to bring an enriching new tradition to the many of us who feel too far from our younger, more barefoot days. And, given that, for many of us, our children spend even less time barefoot outdoors than we did, the chance to hang up our shoes and head outdoors as a family is an opportunity we cannot refuse.
On June 1st, join us and declare it Go Barefoot Day (or even barefoot hour) for your family. Then, set aside time, go outdoors with your kids, and toss your shoes aside. Be sure to stand on a hot, rough or otherwise challenging surface for some time, wonder what it would be like to need shoes, and talk about how you can help get kids around the world proper shoes.
While you are at it, explore being barefoot using any or all of the ideas below. Invent your own ways to spend time barefoot together. No matter how you spend it, slow down and take in every sensation. And, to further both the cause and your memory-making, take some photos of your bare feet at play. Then, share your photos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #Tinkergarten and #gobarefootday. We can't wait to celebrate with you and your family!
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me