How My Kid Learned to Tie his Shoes in 3 Minutes |We Got the FUNK

Friday, January 6, 2017

How My Kid Learned to Tie his Shoes in 3 Minutes

My son set a couple goals over our holiday break.  One of the big ones was that he wanted to learn to tie his shoes.  So in true procrastination form, the night before we went back to school, I pulled up this video on YouTube and within minutes my little boy was happily tying his shoes!

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He was so happy that he asked me to take a video and send it to his daddy and grandma.  The quality and angle are obviously not the best, but this was within minutes of trying out the method I will discuss below!  It was awesome to see something that my son has struggled to learn, completely click and his face just light up. 


The first step that parents need to do is color code the laces. You do this by using two different colored sharpies and marking on the laces.  You will also tie a knot in the lace that is not colored. In the video mentioned at the top of this post, the lady shows you exactly how to do this. 

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After the laces are set up, show your child how to thread the laces into your first knot and have them complete that step over and over until they are successful many times. 

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Next, have your child match up the colors on the lace that you marked to create the first bow.  The lady in the video calls this the trunk. 

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Now take the other lace that you tied the knot in and wrap it around the trunk of the colored lace. 

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When your child sees the knot through the loop, have them pull both the knot and the "leaves" of the colored lace (The leaves are the green part on my picture). 

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Shoe is tied and everyone is happy!  It is recommended that you use the flat white cotton laces when your children are learning to tie shoes.  In addition, each step should be practiced over and over before moving onto the next step.  I will say that it went much faster than I ever expected and the frustration level that we had previously been dealing with before learning of this technique was nonexistent!


To celebrate, the kids and I took an impromptu late night run for ice cream in the cold!  It was awesome and we are so proud of our little boy and extremely thankful for this technique!  Hope it helps you out as well!


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