How to Teach Kids to Tie Shoes


Bunny Ears Method

Fold each end of the lace into a “bunny ear.”  Use your thumb and pointer finger to hold the ears in each hand.  Cross the bunny ears so that they look like an X in the air. Loop the bottom ear over and through the top bunny ear.  Pull the bunny ears away from the shoe. This will create a knot that will secure the shoe laces.

 

Rhyme

Bunny ears, bunny ears, playing by a tree, criss-crossed the tree, trying to catch me.

Bunny ears, bunny ears, jumped into the hole, popped out the other side, beautiful and bold.

 

Standard Method

Take right shoe lace and cross it over the left lace until they have formed an X. Take the right lace and bring it down, under and through the left lace. Pull both laces tightly to form your first knot. Create a loop and hold it with your right thumb and index finger. Take the left lace and go through the loop you just created. Push the lace through where your thumb is and grasp the loop you just pushed through.  Grab the left loop with your left hand and pull on both loops until they are tight. Make sure the loops are not too long and will not make you trip.  Keep practicing and stay patient while learning to tie your shoes. You will be a pro in no time!

 

Rhyme

Over, under, pull it tight. Make a bow, pull it through to do it right.

 

Shoe Tying Tips

* If your child is left handed and you are right handed, see if you can find an adult who is left handed to help teach them.

* To help your child learn left from right, try putting a sticker on one hand or putting a bracelet or yarn around one wrist.

* Most children are ready to learn between the ages of 4 and 6. Girls are usually ready to learn a little earlier than boys.

* Choose one method and stick to it.

* Try coming up with a game or poem to make the process fun!

* Practice, practice, practice!

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Matthew Newnham
Cape Town
Tying shoes becomes an adventure

I struggled to tie my shoes as a kid but it really is an important skill to learn. This article is one of the best "how to" articles I have found.

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