I am an elementary school teacher so many people assume I know how to teach my kids everything. Wrong! I teach music. Last summer, I taught our 4 year old daughter how to read. This summer we are working on learning how to tell time, understand money and the most difficult of all, tying shoes! As a teacher I know how important this skill is, so I am determined that my daughter will learn how to do this before kindergarten.
The problem is that teaching another person how to tie shoes is not easy. Tying shoes requires good hand eye coordination as well as fine motor skills that kids don’t always have. As I looked for ways to teach my daughter how to tie her shoes, I came across the sites and videos below. I admit I used a combination of these techniques to teach my daughter, but she can now tie her shoes! I hope they work for you!
Tutorial #1 Stick the Lace Ends in the Top Eyes to Create Bunny Ears
This video by LillardLove is great. I love the hack of sticking the tie ends in the lace eyes to help make the bunny ears!
Tutorial #2 Send the Lace Ends Back Through to Create Bunny Ears
This video by UnstoppableMother is another unique way of approaching shoe tying!
Shoe Tying Tutorial #3 Tie Your Laces in Less than 5 Seconds
If you are teaching older kids and they want to show off a little, this is a really cool trick by Handimania.
Shoe Tying Tutorial #4 Cool Ways to Tie Laces
And of course, once your child is a shoe tying pro, they can try out the tricks in this video by Mr. Gear.
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I sometimes find that the laces that come with shoes are not long enough for kids to work with. If you find it would be helpful to get some longer laces for your child, check out these colorful laces.
So there you have it, a roundup of some of the best shoe tying videos on the web. Have you taught your child to tie shoes yet? What worked for you?