Loop, Swoop, and Pull! Teaching Shoe Tying

Learning to tie shoes can be an exciting milestone for a child; however, teaching your child to tie their shoes can feel very daunting! Here are some tips to make it a littler easier and much less stressful.

Tips for making shoe tying a little easier

  • Child's hands tying shoeTake your child’s lead to determine if they are ready to learn this new skill. Children typically have the coordination and dexterity to tie their shoes by the time they are going to preschool or kindergarten. This, however, is not a steadfast rule and some kids may be ready earlier and some later.
  • Find a time to practice when
    you are not rushing out the door. Before or after dinner or on the weekend might be a good time to sit down and practice.
  • Choose a method and break it down into steps. Whether you use the two loop or one loop method be sure to go step by step. Either method starts with making an “X” and then a knot. Sometimes this is a good place to stop. Have your child master these first two steps before moving on.
  • When you are demonstrating for your child make sure you are sitting beside or behind them so that they are watching from the correct angle rather than in front of them where they would have to mirror your movements.
  • A rhyme or story can help your child remember the steps to shoe tying. One of the best known and simple rhymes is “Loop, swoop, and pull.”
  • When you first begin, have your child practice with their shoe on the floor or on the table. Sometimes this is easier as they can get up close and see what they are doing. There are also books and dolls available that have laces for practice.
  • Praise them for each step that they master! A little encouragement goes a long way!

 

Lauren Vanderlist

Lauren Vanderlist, M.S., OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She graduated from Alma College in Alma, MI with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science. She then completed her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. As part of her graduate work she completed fieldwork experiences in various settings. Two longer-term fieldwork experiences were completed with Easter Seals of Michigan and another with Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Both of these provided her with invaluable first-hand experience working with the pediatric population. Lauren loves developing creative, engaging and fun treatment activities in order to help children reach their fullest potential.

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