Monday, October 8, 2012

Tips for teaching shoe tying {+ Easy Tie Laces giveaway!}

I received some Easy Tie laces from www.tyingisasnap.com to try out, and let me tell you, these are a great find! I'm always trying to tie two different colored laces together to teach shoe tying, and now I don't need to do that anymore. Easy Tie has done it for me - with a nice, easy to use, plastic snap in between the two laces.

Features of Easy Tie laces include:

  • Dual colored laces remove lace confusion
  • Dual textures aid in tying
  • Smaller laces for smaller hands
  • Stiffer laces don't flop
  • Lace material and texture provides a secure tie
  • Laces always stay even in length
  • Fun colors!
Laces are $9.99 for one pair or $16.98 for two pairs can be purchased at www.tyingisasnap.com.

Shoe tying is a skill that is generally mastered by age seven. But we know all children are different, so your child may be ready before age seven, or your child may need a little more time. Below are some tips for teaching your child to tie shoes.

Tips for teaching shoe tying to your child:

  • Practice lacing or making friendship bracelets prior to teaching shoe tying.
  • Use two different colored laces (like Easy Tie laces!)
  • Find a time to practice when you are not rushing out the door.
  • Use a rhyme to break it down into steps, such as the bunny ears rhyme.
  • Sit next to or beside your child when modeling the steps for shoe tying, so they don't have to try to mirror your movements.
  • Use backward chaining. This means complete all of the steps, except the very last step, for your child. Then teach your child to do the last step. After he has mastered the last step, teach him the last two steps together. Continue this until he is able to complete all of the steps of shoe tying.
  • Repetition, repetition, repetition. As with all motor tasks, learning to tie shoes takes practice, which means your child will require lots of repetition to master shoe tying. Be persistent, but patient. Practicing a few minutes per day will eventually get you the desired results - independent shoe tying!
  • Use a shoelace board, such as the one below to practice tying before trying on a real shoe. The child can place this board on his or her lap and practice at the correct angle to the laces.

Wondering how I made that shoelace board? It's really simple! Visit Caroline at Salsa Pie for her DIY Shoe Tie Practice Board.

Now for the giveaway!!! Two lucky readers will receive a pair of Easy Tie laces. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me how you would use these laces (e.g. with your child, in your therapy clinic, etc). Winners will be chosen at random and I will do my best to get your preferred colored laces to you. Contest is open to US residents only. Contest is open until 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 19, 2012 on my Five Friday Features. Good luck!

Disclaimer: Easy Tie laces were provided free of charge for this giveaway. All writing and opinions are my own.

20 comments:

  1. Love these! Would be great for my older aspie that still struggles or my NT DD that just hasn't quite figured it out yet

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  2. These would get a lot of use in my therapy sessions with students!
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  3. Try Loopeez shoe tying aid and Loopeez bi color laces. They hold the "loops" in place acting as an extra hand. Kids learn to tie in minutes

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  4. Im a pediatric OT in Georgia and tying shoe laces is the biggest struggle for my kiddos! Im constantly tying laces together as well! This looks like a great product :)

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  5. Different colors and even different textures, wow! This looks like an awesome project. My typical seven year old just learned to tie his shoes and he has a sister who was born with Down syndrome who is 4 and two more little brothers that will need help in the future! Thanks for sharing this great product find!

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  6. I would use it to teach my class (kindergarten/1st grade) to start tying their own shoes!

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  7. These laces would be great for teaching my Kindergarten class... This year I have 25 kids and only 2 can tie...Boy are my fingers tired! :-)

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    1. Congratulations, you are the winner! Please email me your mailing address and preferred shoelace color (red, blue, pink, purple) and I will get them in the mail to you!

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  8. These laces look great! I am just trying to teach my kindergartener how to tie her shoes and these would be helpful.

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  9. My toddler has been wearing his first lace up shoes for the past few weeks. Now he wants to learn to tie them himself....with these!

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  10. Hi Abby! Thank you so much for linking to me! You did a fabulous job with the practice board! My cousin is also an OT and she loved the project! I am so glad it's been helpful! One thing is for sure--practice makes perfect!

    I love the laces you chose for you project and just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the mention!

    :)

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  11. I would def use these to teach my 2 beautiful kids the art of shoelace tying. Thanks! For the chance

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  12. Great idea! I have four boys of my own plus a licensed in home daycare. I also have a homeschool for all grades! This will definitely come in handy!

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  13. Great idea! I have four boys of my own plus a licensed in home daycare. I also have a homeschool for all grades! This will definitely come in handy!

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  14. Thanks so much for the tip & links! These will definitely come in handy teaching my 4 kids to tie their shoes!

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  15. I'm an OT, currently home with my own kids. I'd use them now with my oldest who is in kindergarten and then her sisters when they ate ready. And then keep them in mind for future clients :)

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    1. Congratulations, Lisa! You are the winner! Please email me your mailing address and preferred shoelace color (red, blue, pink, or purple) and I will get them in the mail to you!

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  16. I would use them with my 6 year old twins!

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  17. The PE Teacher at my school wants to teach kids to tie their own shoes and these would help with the shoe tying board.

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