Homemade Shoe Tying Activity
By Jackie Currie, Happy Hooligans
Dec 2, 2019
Learning how to tie shoelaces is often one of the more challenging tasks that children must learn in their early years. It requires co-ordination, fine motor skills and lots and lots of practice. Once they’ve mastered the task though, your child’s confidence will soar. They’ll gain independence, and you won’t be limited to buying shoes with velcro fastenings when you’re shoe shopping!
Much like our homemade button snake, which teaches children to do up buttons, this cardboard shoe-lacing board is a great teaching tool to help prepare kids for tying their shoes.
It’s made with just a few household supplies, and it allows your child to practice tying two laces into a bow without having to put a real shoe on their foot. With plenty of practice, when the time comes to tie their own shoes for real, they’ll be all set.
For more fine-motor crafts and activities, check out these lacing cards that also teach kids sewing skills.
What You'll Need:
- running shoe (for tracing)
- hole punch
- pencil crayons, markers or paint
How It's Made:
Begin by having your child trace their shoe on a piece of cardboard.
Cut out the shoe, and using a permanent marker, outline the shoe and draw holes for the shoelaces, then use a hole punch to punch them out.
Next, outline the shoe and draw on details like the toe piece and racing stripes. Then let your child decorate the shoe with pencil crayons, paint or markers. They can even add stickers or decals if they want to get fancy.
When the cardboard shoe is decorated, lace it with a real shoelace. Start with the bottom two holes, and criss-cross the shoelace across the front of the cardboard as you work your way to the top two holes. Note: you may have to come up through holes that you’ve already gone down through to achieve the look you want.
Now your shoe-lacing card is ready to be put into practice.
To teach your child how to tie the shoe, sit behind them with the cardboard shoe in front of both of you. This will allow your child to view it from the same angle as you as you tie. Now demonstrate how to tie bows, moving through the mechanics slowly, describing the steps as you go.
Repeat the process a few times, and then let your child give it a try.
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