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Teaching Your Child How to Tie Their Shoes‏


I have to admit that I'm sometimes a lazy parent. I like doing things the easy way. You may have noticed that I like shoes that makes it very easy for my toddler, that means that she gets shoes that have velcro and snaps. Easy on, easy off. It seems as though these days most kids learn to read before they tie their shoes. It can be challenging teaching them as well. It took me quite some time to get my now 10 year old mastered in the art and to be honest he'll still a work in progress. If you want to get your child started in tying their shoes, then now is the time to get started. Check out these five tips for teaching your child how to tie shoes.



#1. Learn by Doing

Most kids learn to tie their shoes by doing. Take the time to show your child how to tie their shoes by showing them how it’s done. You will want to tie your shoe first and then shoe them how to tie their shoes. I know it sounds elementary, but you really have to carve out time for showing a child how to tie their shoes.

#2. Watch a Video

As I mentioned, some kids are more visual when it comes to learning. Have your child sit down and watch someone else teach them how to tie their shoes. Not every child learns best from their parent and this is why ‘how-to’ videos come into play here.

#3. Read a Book

There are tons of “how to tie your shoe” books out there. Just take a look on Amazon. I was able to find the book "I Can Tie My Own Shoes". There are even some kid’s books that have shoe laces attached to help your child learn how to tie their shoes. If your child loves to read and listen to you read, this may be a good route to go!

#4. Tie a Variety of Items

Before your child ace the art of tying their shoes, they are going to need a lot of practice. That practice comes in the form of tying a variety of items. You can buy a practice pair of shoe laces for your child to practice on or you can find random things around the house that needs tying.

#5. Go Colorful

Teaching your child how to tie their shoes can be tricky, which is why you need a ton of tricks up your sleeve. If your child still isn’t “getting it” and you’ve tried everything under the book, then it’s time to whip out the different colored shoe laces. This will help them see clearly what’s happening as you teach them to tie their shoes.

Teaching a child how to tie their shoes may seem like something that’s never going to happen. However, it will. It really takes time, energy, and effort to help those little fingers learn how to tie their shoe laces. The best thing you can do is remain patient and understanding, your child will get there and soon enough this will be a distant memory.

Do you have any tips for teaching your child to tie their shoes?

Annmarie John
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  1. I so needed these tips as I wanted to teach Emma now soon. So thanks 😉

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  2. My kids are a bit past this stage, but I found it more challenging than I expected to teach something that was so second nature to me. All three of my kids learned a different way. :)

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  3. I remember learning to tie my shoes by copying what my mom was doing. She'd sit with me and tie her shoes step-by-step as I followed along on my own shoe strings. It took practice, but I eventually got it...obviously :)

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  4. Those are all great tips. Both of my kids picked it up really easily!

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  5. I remember when we were teaching our son on how to tie his shoes. I love these tips and I agree.

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  6. I don't have any tips but to be honest I don't remember when or how my son learned to tie his shoes. To be honest he just started doing it one day. Maybe his teacher taught him.

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  7. Shoe tying is one of those skills you don't really think about until you need to show someone else. And youtube is a big help. That is how my daughter learned.

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  8. These are some great tips. My oldest knows how to tie her shoes and now I'm going to try to teach my four year old how to tie hers. These tips will come in handy.

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  9. Were not quite there yet, but I just plan to practice practice practice :)

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  10. There are so many cute Songs ( some with Videos ) but i guess its how quickly the Child learns. practice makes perfect .. I'd say they get it at age 5 ( on average )

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  11. We sang little songs and practiced. What really worked though, was my son watching me tie his shoes. :)

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  12. Good advice, We just had them practice,

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  13. I don't really have any tips. My son just figured it out with help and my daughter, although she's 7, struggles with her fine motor skills so she isn't there yet!

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  14. My tip is to have another child who knows how to do it already teach you child to tie their shoes. For some reason kids teaching kids just works! It worked for my little ones.

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  15. Repetition I think is key and making it fun will definitely want kids to keep learning!

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  16. I STILL REMEMBER WHEN MY MOM WAS TRYING TO TEACH ME TO TIE MY SHOE...I THINK IT WAS AROUNDD THE TIME THAT SHE FIGURED OUT THAT I WAS LEFT HANDED AND THAT EVERYTHING SHE WAS SHOWING ME WAS BACKWARDS TO ME. SHE HAD TO TAKE ME ACROSS THE STREET TO THE NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE SO THAT SHE COULD TEACH ME. MY SUGGESTION? MAKE SURE THAT THE CHILD IS BEING TAUGHT BY SOMEONE WHO HAS THE SAME DOMINANT HAND THAT THEY DO.

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  17. practice makes perfect! These are such great tips.

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  18. Very good tips for sure. It took us a little while to teach ours

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  19. I have no tips! I taught my 4 year old how to read but teaching him how to tie shoes is overwhelming. lol

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  20. Learning by doing is the key and doing it over and over. I remember the bunny ears trick and used tat to teach my daughter!

    ellen beck

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  21. I was lucky my Princess taught herself. The Pirate however I know will be a challenge. Thanks for the tips

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  22. My daughter is just at the age to tie her shoes. She wants to learn and I have been having a hard time teaching her

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  23. As a pediatric OT this is just the thing I hope parents will try out!

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