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How to Tie Shoes

EASY

Teaching someone how to tie shoes can be…tying. Sorry – trying. Frustration by both parties – the “tie-er” and the “tie-ee” – can lead to breakdowns, emotional distress, excessive sighing, and future counseling appointments.

Not anymore.

We have an easy way to teach your little one how to tie their shoelaces. Try it a couple of times yourself, and then show them how. They’ll get it. If they don’t, we have other options at the end.

 

 

 Step by Step Instructions:

1. Start off like normal. Loop one shoelace behind the other and pull.

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2. Take the forefinger and your thumb of your right hand and loop the shoelace over them, pulling forward.

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3. Take the forefinger and your thumb of your left hand and loop the shoelace over them, pulling backward.

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4. Hold the shoelaces tight – you may want to hold the excess with your pinky fingers.

5. Make “c’s” with both hands and twist them so they fit together. Pinch the laces of your right hand with your left thumb and forefinger and vice versa.

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6. Pull gently. You’ll have 4 loops. Pull the top loop on your right (the one with your right forefinger) and the bottom loop on your left (the one with your left thumb).

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7. Done

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Is this way not working for you? Try this site…Ian’s Shoelace Site. There are 18 different ways to tie shoelaces on here!

Wikihow also has some good options-

The Circle Technique:
  • Place the shoes on a flat surface. Let the laces fall to either side of the shoe.
  • Tie a basic knot. Take both laces and thread one lace over the other and then pull them tight. They should form a knot in the middle of the shoe.
  • Tie another knot, but don’t tighten it. Keep the second knot loose. Notice there is a circle shape formed by the knot. Hold the circle shape with your hand and lay it flat against the shoe.
  • Thread one shoelace into the circle. Make sure it comes up through the circle and over to one side. You can keep it loose, but make sure it does not slide all the way out of circle.
  • Thread the other shoelace into the circle. It should come up through the circle and over to the other side of the shoe. (You should now have two loops or “bunny ears”on either side of the knot in the center of the shoe.)
  • Pull the bunny ears tight. Use your hands to pull the bunny ears tight so they are secure.
Bunny Ears Technique:
  • Place the shoes on a flat surface. Let the laces fall to either side of the shoe.
    • If you’re teaching this method to a very young child, it may be helpful to tie a small knot in the middle of one of the shoelaces.
    • AND if you don’t mind some color on their shoelaces, you can also color the bottom of the other shoelace brown, the middle part of the lace green, and the top part of the lace brown. This way, when you instruct them to make a loop with the lace, it can look like trying to form a tree by always making sure the green part of the lace is at the top of the loop, like the leaves at the top of a tree.
  • Tie a basic knot. Take both laces and thread one lace over the other and then pull them tight. They should form a knot in the middle of the shoe.
  • Make a loop with one of the laces. You should be holding the lace between your thumb and your first two fingers.
    • If you are using the “tree” trick, instruct your child to form a loop with the colored lace so the brown parts of the lace are on top of each other (the trunk of the tree) and the green part sits at the top of the loop (the leaves of the tree).
  • Use your other hand to wrap the other lace around the loop. You should be holding it over your fingers and around the loop.
    • Again, if you are using the “tree” trick, instruct your child to wrap the shoelace with the knot over the “trunk” of the tree.
  • Use your free hand to pull the shoelace through the hole to form another loop. There should now be a hole between the looped shoelace and the wrapped shoelace. Pull the wrapped shoelace through so it comes through this hole.
    • Another way to explain this is to have your child poke the knot on the shoelace through the hole to make another loop.
  • Hold both loops and pull them tight. You should now have a nicely tied shoe.
    • You can also instruct your child to pull the knot and the top of the tree trunk to either side, tightly.

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