- Show the child how to pinch each shoelace into a loop, or bunny ear.
- Show them how to lay one bunny ear over the other and pull it under to form a knot.
- Pull the bunny ears tight.
Another Method with Steps
- Loop one lace around the other, forming a loose knot.
- Pull one lace into a loop, and hold it steady with your finger.
- Wrap the other lace around the loop and pull the middle of that lace through the hole beneath the loop.
- Pull the new loop and the old loop tight, forming a bow.
Making a Dexterity Tool
Living With Knots
Most likely, an annoying part of this season will be when a mistake results in a very tight knot on your child's shoelace. There is a chance they won't tell you about the problem until they've tugged on it quite a bit. You'll want to try with your fingernails first, but it is also a great idea to keep a tool with you to help. If you practice any kind of needlecraft, a dull yarn needle, a knitting needle, or a crochet hook are all helpful for loosening a child's knotted shoelaces enough to undo them with your fingers. Carrying one or more of these items in your purse or pocket may be a helpful way to not be as frustrated while your child goes through this very natural time in their development.