Children usually struggle with tying their shoelaces and making sure that the knot doesn’t come undone. Both they and their parents become frustrated in the process since it requires certain motor skills and patience that kids have yet to master. Remember when you used to be like this, as well?
Luckily, today, there are ways to overcome the issue and help your little one become a ‘big boy/girl’, who knows how to tie his/her kids shoelaces. Here, we’ll talk about some of the most efficient ones and share tips along the way. Ready? Let’s go!
Things to Consider When Teaching Your Children to Tie Kids Shoelaces
Before you start to actually teach your kid to tie, you should have in mind a few things. Firstly, the age of your child matters. Yes, not all of them can manage to do this at the same age. Some kids are able to tie their own knots before they even start going to kindergarten while others need a few more years. At the latest, try to bring this topic up when your child turns five as you don’t want to be too late.
Another detail is the posture. You should ensure that your kid is feeling comfortable in the tying position. Therefore, a good idea is to make him/her sit against a wall in order to maintain their balance and then tuck one leg out of the way so that they can focus on the other. Putting the chin on the knee is also an option.
Aside from this, there are the issues with shoelaces for children, too. Often these are too long, which cause difficulties for kids while they are learning how to tie. Not to mention that the laces are prone to come undone more easily. Connected to this, shoelaces for children should have the right texture and be made of the right material. What do we mean by this?
For instance, some of the trendy laces are silky and round, making them slippery. Understandably, kids have a harder time to keep both ends together and connect them in a tight knot. On the other hand, the classical cotton ones would be more suitable for the little ones.
Finally, keep your children motivated to do all of this. Praise them when they are close to mastering the tying process and tell them how important it is to be independent.
How to Deal with Excessively Long Kids Shoelaces
To solve the issue with the excess length, you should try multiple approaches and see which one works best for your situation.
The obvious solution is buying new kids shoelaces that are shorter. However, at the same time, this is a more expensive option and one that requires a lot of time spent in researching where such shoelaces are sold.
Instead, try shortening the ends of the laces and then replacing the aglets with new ones. You can even get ones that are colorful to make the laces more interesting to your kid. Also, you can split the laces in the middle, cut a bit of length and then rejoin them by sewing the pieces together or gluing.
Eventually, if you don’t prefer any of this, you can simply try circling the laces around the child’s ankles to preserve their length and still keep them out of the way or just teaching them another tying method.
Efficient Tying Methods
Have you heard that some kids out there have already found a method that works for them the most? Yes, one such child is Colton Lillard, for instance. He’s a five-year-old boy, who no longer has difficulties with learning how to tie his laces and keeping the knot tight.
Moreover, this method includes creating two loops with the laces by pushing the two ends through the top eyelets, crossing them over two times, and then simply pulling the ends back out.
Possible helpful techniques are also the basic knot and Ian’s knot. What matters here is to come up with something that is memorable like ‘bunny ears’ for the loops and tell a small story about the whole process.
More Useful Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Tie
Some additional tips to try are as follows:
- Prepare more tying methods in case your child has troubles learning one
- Get shoelaces for children that are easy to hold
- Use kids shoelaces in bright colors or two-colored ones to simplify the process further
- With a marker or pen, mark where your child should grab the laces