Ryhme to Teach Shoe Tie

Updated on September 09, 2008
D.T. asks from Grapevine, TX
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Does anyone know a cute rhyme to help teach a little one to tie shoes?

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answers from Dallas on

Tying Shoes
(Sung to Splish Splash I was taking a Bath)

Criss Cross and go under the bridge
Then you got to pull it tight.
Make a loop but keep a long tail
That is how to do it right
Then you take the other string
and you wrap it 'round the loop
Pull it through the hole
Now you got the scoop

Criss Cross and go under the bridge (this is where you tie the loops together)
Now you made a Double Knot!!

You take one lace and make a loop
take the other lace and make another bunny ear.
fold one under the other and viola! Tied shoes.

An indian made a teepee (pull lace up and cross one under the other) and
it collapsed! (pull first "knot" down) So he started another, (make
first loop for bow) and he took this string and went around it, (wrap
other lace around loop) and went inside, (push lace under new loop) and
there he had it! Two Tents! (pull loops for bow)

This story is great for a group activity where the children can help one
another follow the story, and if you make pictures to go with the story
the kids can follow the steps by themselves! The story also helps to
limit the child's frustration with learning to tie because they are
helping the Indian to build a teepee and if they fail it is the Indian
who needs more help!

First color the shoe laces with permanent marker so you can cue
the child on which side they should be working with at a given step.
Here's how the poem goes each line corresponds to one step of the
tying process.

Build a tee pee
Come inside
Close it tight so we can hide
Over the mountain
And around we go
Here's my arrow
And here's my bow!



Note: If you sit behind the child while tying their shoes they can see from their view how it is done.
My Shoelace Blues
I've tried and tried to tie you, shoe.
I've never done it yet.
A loop that flip-flops on the floor
Is as close as I can get.
I've practiced on spaghetti.
I've practiced on the mop.
I've practiced on my sister
Until she made me stop.
So here's the loop again, shoe.
I'll hold it with my thumb.
I'll wrap the other end around...
And yank it into bows.
It's done!

Sad Rabbit
Original Author Unknown

Once there was a rabbit that was very sad because his ears were so long and narrow that he stepped on them all the time. One day a fairy landed on the bunny's head. She lifted up the bunny's ears and crossed them over like an x. Then she put one ear through the bottom of the x and pulled. Next, she made each long ear into a loop and made another x like before. She put an ear under that x and pulled again. From then on the bunny remembered how to tie his ears into a bow, and he lived happily every after.

Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

I just purchased a foam shoe-tying thing at the Dollar Store but did have that book at one point..the dollar store thing is easier for my 5 yr old to handle.

The poem we use:
Make a tee-pee (form the X)
Come inside (put one lace under the other)
Pull it tight so we can hide
Over the mountain (make a loop)
Around we go
Shoot your arrow (put other lace under)
to form a bow (pull it down and tight)

Done deal! Very simple and my daughter loves it!!

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answers from Dallas on

I used this one when I taught preschool:
Two little bunnies want to tie their shoes. (make loops with each end of the lace)
Need each other to know what to do. (hold them to make them the same size)
Right over left, left over right (show how to tie a knot using the loops)
Tuck their ears and pull real tight. (pull the loops)

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answers from Dallas on

Mamas, thanks so much: D. for raising the question and Jamie for sharing all these cute rhymes and stories. I've been practicing how to close shoe buckles with my charges, which can be tricky too. I also sit the child on my lap or next to me, which works much better. I like the idea of coloring the shoe laces, each with a different color (I assume that's what you meant, Jamie.) That should make it a lot easier.

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