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Teaching Child to Tie Shoes

Any advice on how to teach a child to tie his/her own shoes?

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My way of teaching was:

1) Make a tree. (the first loop)

2) Rabbit runs around the tree, and . . .

3) Dives down the hole.

The preschool teacher that suggested "tie my thumb to the tree" - - I like that. That would fit with rabbit running around the tree.

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I taught preschool for years. Every once in a while, I had a child ASK to learn to tie shoes, so I would sit down with this child and it would draw a crowd of kids who wanted to learn too.

I always started with one step at a time. This way you do not overwelm them with the entire task. When you break it down to a little one, it's a LOT to remember to do. I only taught one step each week and let the child practice it each time we put on the shoes. (Summer is a good time because for some reason shoes keep coming off and on all day.)

Step 1: "Criss-Cross, Criss jumps in the hole; then pull" (this is the base knot).

Step 2: "Make a loop, not too big."

Step 3: "Tie my thumb to the tree."

Step 4: "Now pull it free."

This last step will stump them until they realize which hole to pull it through, but once they do. WOW!

It's great to accomplish a new task on your own.

Good luck!

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I got a shoe box lid and punched holes in it imitating a shoe. We took that shoe box lid everywhere for a few days, practicing tying the "shoe". Make a game of it, make two to 'race' etc. It worked great for my kids-teenages now.

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There is a book called "Red Lace Yellow Lace" or something like that. My daughter sat down with it one time and figured it out on her own. There is also some little saying or rhyme about a tree and a rabbit...My youngests daughter's friend was saying at school one time. You might do a search on that.

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My way of teaching was:

1) Make a tree. (the first loop)

2) Rabbit runs around the tree, and . . .

3) Dives down the hole.

The preschool teacher that suggested "tie my thumb to the tree" - - I like that. That would fit with rabbit running around the tree.

1 mom found this helpful

I bought a wooden puzzle that had real laces. The real trick was to have his older brother teach him all the other tricks didn't work for my little one. It was hard too because my husband does the 2 loops and I do the one and wrap. Decide how you will tie first. Enlist another little person to show/teach.
Good Luck

i used both strings as loops and had her wrap around. the bunny ears thing. it is a lot easier than one straight and one looped. also there is a book with a shoe on it that has a nice long string to practice with but you could easily use a shoe. but the bunny ears worked great.

Dear A. T,

I think the most important thing is that the CHILD wants to learn to tie his or her own shoes. When the child is ready, he or she will be eager to learn. I taught my son to tie his shoes while he sat on my lap. We did it over and over again until he could do it correctly. One sitting (pun intended!) was all it took.

Deb D

I purchased I Can Tie My Shoes lacing cards from TeachMart off N. Beach Street. It worked for my 6 year old. I'm working on my 5 year old now.

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