Many parents believe teaching their kids to tie their shoe laces was one of the most difficult things to teach ever. However, being able to tie one’s own shoe laces is considered to be a milestone that a child should become proficient by the age of 5 or 6 years. Hence, we have listed a few simple and handy methods and techniques to teach your kids to lace up without too much difficulty.
Make your child’s learning experience fun:
This the most known, easy and memorable method to get your kid to tie their own shoe laces. According to this method the child has to make his shoe laces into ‘bunny ears’ shape.
First, the child needs to secure a knot, after which cross the laces over to form an “X”. Then, pull one ear through the bottom of the “X” and pull it tight.
Now, demonstrate to the child the need to give bunny some fancy ears. Loop the laces to make two ‘bunny ears’.
Teach your child to tightly tie the bunny ears- so they don’t fall off. To make an extra tight knot, form another “X” using the existing “bunny ears” and tie it together one more time.
Your child should master it in no time with regular practice.
The Squirrel and the Tree
This is a highly engaging and fun method that involves a children friendly story and activities that helps kids understand and remember the basic steps to shoe tying.
First, ask the child to create ‘tree roots’ by forming a starter knot.
Make your child hold a long thin loop calling it a tree with his/her right hand.
Start narrating a story by holding one lace end with his left hand, and tell him that a squirrel is running around the tree and it jumps into the hole under the tree and emerges out from the other side.
This trick is preferred by many parents because it teaches the kid to tie shoe laces with the single loop method.
Practicing on Toys and Books
You can make learning to tie shoe laces more fun by getting your child toys or books that will enable him learn to tie on his own. This tip is especially helpful for children who learn best make the most through interaction with toys.