Every child has a few milestones they reach at a specific age; teaching your child how to tie shoelaces is one of them. When trying to teach your kids how to tie their laces, be patient, don’t just do it yourself to save time and demonstrate how it’s done every single time. These things take time, but when your child achieves this milestone, it is a wonderful feeling.
When should your child learn how to tie shoelaces?
Learning how to tie shoelaces is a fine motor skill that requires several motor skills such as finger isolation, hand coordination, and eye-hand coordination. these are skills that can be adopted between ages 5-7 years old. At that age, a child can learn how to tie their shoelaces.
In the video below, your child can learn how to tie their shoelaces by following this tutorial:
If that’s still too difficult for them, there is an excellent hack to help your child tie shoelaces. Have your child memorize these 5 words to know the steps of how to tie their shoelaces: Knot, bunny ear, wrap, bunny ear, and whiskers. You can sing it, rap it, make flashcards with it, or use any technique to make your child remember these pointers.
Next, demonstrate what each hint means:
You can sit behind your kid and guide their hands into making a knot.
- Have your child hold a lace in each hand and cross them over to make an X.
- Tuck one lace into the hole and then pull laces together to tighten them.
The next step is teaching your child to make a bunny ear.
- Make a loop with one lace to look like a bunny ear and have them hold it in place where the lace intersects.
Using the other lace, have your child wrap it around the bunny ear.
Once it’s wrapped around the other bunny ear, push the loose lace through the hole and make another bunny ear.
To make the whiskers, you need to pull both bunny ears to tighten them.