There comes a critical point in every child's life when the life skill of shoelace tying must be learned. The critical point usually arrives around the time the child reaches kindergarten, sometimes because it is a school requirement and sometimes because the mom is simply tired of tying the child's shoes. At our house it really amounts to the same thing. In Brynn's case, though, we have encountered an unusual problem. The time has come for her to learn to tie her shoes. She even wants to learn to tie her shoes. However, since all her shoes are slip-ons or have Velcro straps she has no shoes with laces on which to practice. An interesting dilemma, no?
Once again, Pinterest came through for me. I followed a pin to a website that showed a shoe-tying board, and knew I had found my solution.
Step 1: Trace shoes or feet on to a piece of sturdy cardboard.
Step 2: Decorate shoes (Did you really think a person could learn to tie the laces of plain white shoes? How silly of you.)
Step 3: Use a pencil or similarly pointed object and punch four pairs of holes in the shoes. Insert laces.
Step 4: Practice tying.
In addition to the shoe-tying life lesson, having this board will also help your child learn the valuable skills of "holding it above your head to keep it away from you baby brother" and "hiding it in the coat closet so your toddler sister doesn't learn to tie before you." Such a useful tool.
Happy shoe-tying, everyone!
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