Teachers hate having to say 20 times per day “Sally, your shoelace is undone”; “Josh, stop and fix your shoelace”. Parents equally loathe shoelaces. How many times can you tie a shoelace before your child leaves the house? How do kids laces always get in a knot?
One of the challenges that parents come to OT with is: How do I teach my child to tie their own laces? Velcro is a wonderful invention indeed. However, there comes an age where Velcro is no longer cool, nor practical. We all need to learn at some point.
So how do you teach them to tie their laces? This little invention, the Melissa & Doug Lacing Shoe is going to be a great place to start. It’s fun. It’s colourful. And it’s not their shoe, making it ten times more exciting.
My hot tips:
Hyperbole hands can learn to tie shoelaces too – it might just take a bit longer to get the hang of it.
Check out the YouTube clips below. The first is my favourite for method for teaching shoelaces (The tree method). The second clip shows the bunny ears method.
Let us know about your success & challenges. Leave a comment.
Tags: dexterity, fine motor, fine motor planning, fine motor skills, following instructions, hypermobility, learning, motor planning, school readiness, shoelaces, skill development