Bare Soles Explorer

Why Bare Soles Explorer? Because kids love to be barefoot! Being barefoot is not only the preferred footwear of many children but also comes with substantial health benefits to young and old alike. Bare Soles Explorer’s mission is to raise awareness to the importance for kids to explore the great outdoors. We want to encourage children and adults to “be a kid again” – put away the video games, turn off the television, shut down the computer – get outdoors and go exploring! Go for a hike in the woods, a walk at the park, or paddle a scenic kayak route. Play a game of volleyball, try out bouldering, play in the backyard, or visit a national monument. Help get other excited about being exploring the great outdoors.

Learn more about our mission, great outdoor activities and why we’re encouraging barefoot adventures by exploring the pages of our site.

Why should children explore the great outdoors?

Evidence exists that playing video games in moderation can improve skills in children including “processing speed, executive functioning and cognitive flexibility”. Moderation is the key word. Research by Kaiser Family Foundation shows children’s screen times can average as much as 7.5 hours each day with up to 4.5 hours spent watching television. Active children who only average half this number will spend appropriately 1300 hours a year in front of a computer, cell phone or television.

Excessive screen time can lead to sleep problems and lower grades in school. Limited physical activity can lead to not only health but also social related issues. Consequently, balancing your child’s screen time can have positive results. Children can familiarize themselves with programming, learn coordination skills, develop workforce skills, and access vast database of knowledge. The key is finding a balance between technology and activity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children’s screen time to be limited to under 60 minutes per day on school days and under 2 hours on non-school days. It is also recommended that children have some days with no screen time.

Healthy childhoods need surprises! Creative play encourages curiosity, growth of the imagination, exploration of the physical world, and exercise of the mind and body. Limiting screen time gives children more time to get outdoors, exercise, use their imagination or expand their mind through leisurely activities like reading a book, drawing, or painting. Studies have shown that reducing screen time has positive effects on a child’s “physical, social, and behavioral well-being”.

Who can participate?

Everyone can join in on our adventure. You, family, and friends can easily participate. There is no cost, only great adventures. Explore ideas on the Adventure Ideas page. You can even challenge others as a great way to help us share our mission. Challenge your friends, coworkers, church small group or youth group, local businesses, sports team, or social media friends.

How to become an Explorer!

Share online and in person. Tell other about the importance of less screen time and more outdoor time for children with everyone you meet along your journeys. As part of our outreach, we encourage you to try out some of your adventures without shoes. Why? Learn more on the Barefoot page.

  • In person. Share with those you meet why you are choosing outdoors to indoors. Sharing your own personal reasons is more powerful than a prewritten message.
  • Online. Share a photo or video on social media of your adventure! We’d love to share in your adventures – so please tag or hashtag us. To be part of the Bare Soles Explorer share posts with #baresolesexplorer or tag us on Instagram @baresoleseplorer or Facebook fb.me/baresolesexplorer.

References to online resources have been included in this article. These sites are not affiliated or endorsed by baresolesexplorer.org; however, we encourage you to investigate the information found on their pages and develop your own conclusions.