Here are some rhymes, verses, and stories I have found to help your little ones learn to tie their shoes. Flat laces are easier to manipulate (and stay tied better!) than round ones, and you will want to be sure that the laces are long enough for your child to work with. Some sources suggest using two different colored laces to help your child differentiate between the two bows.Some children also have an easier time learning to tie a jumprope first before moving on to shoe laces.
You start by taking each end,
Then cross one over and send it through.
Pull it tightly- that will do!
Now you have a knot, okay?
Bow Tying by Betty Jones
I know how to make a bow!
Take each end and make a bridge,
Cross laces one over the other.
Cross one over and under the other.
Pull one lace over and under other.
Once each is on the other side
They can wave and say, “Hi, Brother!”
Next to sister, loop-de-loo,
Make loop with one lace.
Round about, under, and all the way through.
Other lace goes round and under first loop to form a second loop.
Pull so carefully, as you know
Pull second loop through carefully.
Each loop-de-loo makes a lovely bow!
Secure bow with a firm tug on both loops.
The Rabbit Ear Story
Once there was a rabbit who was very sad because his ears were so long and narrow that he stepped on them all the time. One day a fairy landed on the bunny’s head. She lifted up the bunny’s ears and crossed them over like an x. Then she put one ear through the bottom of the x and pulled. Next, she made each long ear into a loop and made another x like before. She put an ear under that x and pulled again. From then on the bunny remembered how to tie his ears into a bow, and he lived happily every after.
(Sung to Splish Splash I was taking a Bath)
Criss Cross and go under the bridge
Then you got to pull it tight.
Make a loop but keep a long tail
That is how to do it right
Then you take the other string and you wrap it ’round the loop
Pull it through the hole
Now you got the scoop
Criss Cross and go under the bridge (this is where you tie the loops together)
Now you made a Double Knot!!
My Shoelace Blues
I’ve tried and tried to tie you, shoe.
I’ve never done it yet.
A loop that flip-flops on the floor
Is as close as I can get.
I’ve practiced on spaghetti.
I’ve practiced on the mop.
I’ve practiced on my sister
Until she made me stop.
So here’s the loop again, shoe.
I’ll hold it with my thumb.
I’ll wrap the other end around…
And yank it into bows. It’s done!
And, just in case you have some time on your hands 😀