My son wants to wear shoes that lace, but he doesn’t know how to tie them. I guess it is time to teach him how to tie! Considering the time of year, I designed this Valentine’s Day criss-cross lacing and tying activity. Fine motor is an area that most kids need a great deal of practice. This free printable covers three fine motor skills: cutting, lacing, and tying.
- cardstock size 8 1/2 by 11
- yarn, ribbon, twine
- hole puncher
- free printable lace and tie heart template
- Print out my free lace and tie heart template size 8 1/2 by 11.
- Cut out heart shape.
- Punch holes with a hole puncher along the edge of the heart.
- Tie a knot in the ribbon or string before you start lacing.
- Criss-cross lace the first three holes, and then double back with a second ribbon.
- Pull both pieces of ribbon through at the bottom hole and tie.
I debated on the method to teach my son to tie his shoes. 1.) Make a loop with one end, wrap the other end around and pull a loop through the “hole” in the middle. 2.) The “bunny ears” method by making a loop with both ends and then tying a knot. I taught him both ways and I let him practice what he preferred.
I left the template blank so every child can embellished it, if they like. My son drew heart people with squiggles and swirls.
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Which way do you tie your shoes?
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