How To Teach A 6-Year-Old To Tie Shoes In 5 Minutes

OK so teaching a kid to tie their own shoes can be one of the most difficult things to teach EVER! I never realized how difficult it was until about a month ago when my 6 year old asked me to teach her how to tie her shoes.  How hard could it be right!? Well if you have ever tried to teach a child then you know what I’m talking about.

After several failed attempts at trying to teach the “bunny ears” method and the “wrap around method” (which I use) I had all but given up.

I was now starting to re-evaluate the benefits of Velcro…. until I found this “magic fingers” technique.

YES, this is what I was looking for – a simple way to tie shoes without 15 steps and a story about a bunny. I was able to teach my 6-year old how to tie her shoes in 5 minutes with this technique. So if you are trying to teach your child how to tie shoes…(or just want a faster way to tie your own)…give this technique a try!

Below is a video of my daughter tying her shoes using the technique described above. Soo easy using the magic fingers technique below.

Here is the technique explained in greater detail. The “magic fingers” technique…

Due to the overwhelming response – I’ve created some step-by-step screenshots of the magic fingers technique to help you out.

How To Tie Your Shoes:

Magic Fingers Style

Step 1

Cross the laces like normal

Step 2

(Right Hand) Put your thumb and first finger in front of lace – fingers facing toward you

(Left Hand) Put your thumb and first finger behind lace – fingers facing away from you

*Note: It is important that you grip the laces tightly with your pinky fingers at this point too. 

 Step 3

Pull your fingers forwards so you feel some tension and twist a little so that your fingers are facing each other. 

Step 4

Pinch the laces in between the opposite fingers

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Step 5

Pull through

Step 6

And you’re done!

Shoe tying starts at 1:07

Have you ever used this technique?

Have you ever taught a child to tie their shoes?

Which technique did you use?

Do you have a better one?

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