The easy bunny ears method of tying laces

TWO bunny ears help the child tie a square knot, one of the easiest knots to learn. Try teaching this:

· Fold each end of the lace into a single “bunny ear.” You can hold the “ears” in place between your thumb and pointer finger on each hand.

· Cross the bunny ears so that they form an “X” in the air.

· Loop the bottom bunny ear over and through the top bunny ear. This will create a second knot.

· Pull the bunny ears out to the side away from the shoe. This will create a square knot that will not easily come undone and will hold the shoe in place.

How to tie a shoe lace the more complicated way

Take one lace in each hand and make an X. Draw the top lace through the bottom of the X and pull the two laces tight. Then make a loop out of each lace.

Step 2: Cross the bunny ears over each other

Cross one “ear” over the other, in the opposite order of your overhand knot.

Step 3: Run the bunny ears over each other

Explain how “the bunny runs around the tree” by bending one loop over the other.

Step 4: See the bunny jump in a hole

Now “the bunny sees a dog and jumps in the hole”: Pass the tip of the bent ear through the hole.

Step 5: Pull loops tight

For extra security, you can double the knot by making another overhand knot with the loops.

Practise tying laces with your child until he can do it himself. Using a homemade practise board can be helpful. Then have him practise tying knots while wearing the shoes. Before you know it, you can throw out the Velcro shoes and your child will have mastered some fine motor skills that will help in other areas of learning. They might even like to graduate to some funky advanced shoe lace tying techniques!

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