Teaching Tips and Hacks for Tying Shoes
Like riding a bicycle for the first turn, learning how to tie shoes is a monumental development point. After tying your own shoes thousands of times without really thinking, it can be a little tricky to go back to the basics and explain the steps to your child. However, instead of getting frustrated, try a few of these tricks to help your child lace them up and hit the ground running.
1. Take a break if your child is losing patience. Coming back with a fresh mind and attitude might be enough to make the ultimate difference.
2. Use activities like lacing cards and puzzles to practice your child’s fine-motor skills.
3. Practice tying something bigger before tackling shoes.
4. Help your child see the steps more visibly with different colored shoe laces.
5. Sit behind your child while teaching, so he can view the steps from his own point-of-view.
6. The old faithful bunny ears can be made a little simpler with a memorable rhyme.
Over, under, around and through,
Meet Mr. Bunny Rabbit, pull and through.
7. Print out Therapy Fun Zone’s printable practice shoe.
8. Use the shoe-tying hack introduced by mom Kirsten Johnson that went viral in 2016.
9. Watch Terry Moore’s famous TED Talk to make sure you’re tying your own shoes correctly and remember that “sometimes a small advantage some place in life can yield a tremendous result someplace else.”