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Teaching Your Child How To Tie Laces

Feet Footwear Parenting

Although most schools recommend Velcro shoes in order to save time and energy, often children want to learn how to tie their own laces. It's also an activity that helps fine motor skills and dexterity, so it's a helpful skill regardless of the type of shoes your child usually wears. We'll share the three most common ways to teach your child to tie a solid knot and bow. 

Start by letting your child hold a shoe in their lap or on a table in front of them. You can sit next to them with a shoe as well and show each technique step by step.

Standard Knot

  1. Start by holding the laces straight up, parallel to each other. Cross them over and tuck the top lace under the bottom one (or tuck the top lace under twice for a more secure knot). Pull each end to form the basic knot.
  2. Form a bow with the left lace (if right handed, use the right lace if left handed). Hold the bottom of the bow with your forefinger and thumb. Pick up the right lace and loop it around the base of the bow. Tuck it into the loop created and pull both bows tight to secure knot.

Bunny Ear Knot

  1. Start by holding the laces straight up, parallel to each other. Cross them over and tuck the top lace under the bottom one (or tuck the top lace under twice for a more secure knot). Pull each end to form the basic knot.
  2. Form a bow with both the left and right lace. Wrap one bow around the other and tuck into the loop created. Pull tight to secure knot.

Magic Finger/Ian Knot

  1. Start by holding the laces straight up, parallel to each other. Cross them over and tuck the top lace under the bottom one (or tuck the top lace under twice for a more secure knot). Pull each end to form the basic knot.
  2. Put a pinkie under each lace. Wrap your forefinger and thumb under the lace on your right hand, and over the lace on your left hand. Your right fingers should point towards you and the left fingers should point away from you. Turn the fingers towards each other, and grab the opposite lace and pull through to create a bow. This is the fastest way to create a bow once you get the hang of it, but might be a bit tricky to learn for the beginner. Here is a video that shows it in action:

    Keep in mind that children usually don't develop the fine motor skills needed to tie laces until around age 5, so it's recommended that you wait until your child is between 5-7 to teach them this skill. Of course development varies from one child to another, so use your own discretion. It's also important to remember that children learn in different ways, so let them try each different technique to figure out which is the easiest for them. Using fun rhymes or songs can help too, so have fun with it, keep the pressure down and your child will learn in no time!



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