There are very big steps that boys and girls take in their childhood, one of those steps has to do with their own feet and shoes, can you guess which one it is? Yes, tie your shoelaces. That is why I propose a handmade game, which you can easily make at home, to teach children to tie their shoes.
This DIY activity is designed for boys and girls from 5 years old and with it we promote their autonomy and manual dexterity. And without further ado, let's start making our lace-up sneakers!
- Cardboard or cardboard
- Crayons or markers
- Pencil and eraser
- Glue and scissors
- Eva rubber
Following these simple 4 steps we can carry out our activity:
1. We make our shoe on a sheet, we have several options to make it: trace it from a drawing (you can save and print this image of ours) or draw it yourself. You can even take a small shoe of your children to draw their silhouette. Then we label it to make it look better.
2. We color and decorate the shoe with crayons or markers. I like to use scraps of some eva rubber that we have at home. In this case I have used it to make the toe of the shoe and give it another different and more striking touch.
3. We cut out the shoe and we paste it on a cardboard, cardboard or some harder and more consistent surface to make it more resistant. We cut the shoe and the holes again to be able to insert the lacing.
4. Come on going through the cord through the different holes and we already have it. Our shoe is ready!
5. If you make two shoes, take the opportunity to put 'right' and 'left' in each of them so that the children also learn to differentiate both sides.
There are different ways to tie our shoes. Some time ago, a boy named Colton, just 5 years old, revolutionized the world with his peculiar way of tying his shoelaces. His method consists of inserting the end of each cord into the last hole on its side, forming a kind of loop that makes the knot more resistant and without much excess cord.
Once the child has learned to maneuver with the laces, it is time to teach him the movements of the loop.
- First, must learn to make a crisscross X, with the ends of the cord, and to pull strongly on both.
- The second step is to make type a rabbit ear with one end of the cord, while taking the other end and passing it around the loop.
- Then, with your thumb and forefinger, you need to take the cord around the loop to pass it between the rabbit ear. Once the cord has passed, you must pull on both sides, always in opposite directions, until the loop knot is tight.
It is a slow process, in which families must be patient, since that same patience will be transferred to the child and they will not abandon the process at the first failure, but will continue trying until they succeed. In this way we promote their autonomy, self-esteem, independence and self-confidence.
Currently, due to the rhythm of life that adults lead, it is increasingly common to see boys and girls of 10 and 12 years using velcro shoes, since they are more comfortable, quick and easy to put on. But these do not know how to tie the shoelaces, because since childhood their families have preferred speed and comfort over the development of psychomotor skills and autonomy of their sons and daughters. This fact has been studied and investigated by Ian Fieggen, so much so that he has written a book called 'Laces'.
It also allows you to exercise control over the fingers of your hands and enhance eye-hand coordination. Attention, concentration and observation It will be worked in each movement of the hands, as well as the force when pulling the ties already made.
A simple activity to do something they will learn and never forget!