Tying shoes is a fundamental skill for every child. Yet, some children have a hard time learning how to do it initially. According to developmental milestones as described on education.com, tying shoes on our own should be achieved between the ages of 4 - 6, but Velcro has made that more difficult for some children.
As a teacher, I am always trying to think of ways to make learning easier and more efficient for my students, so I started thinking about what some of the underlying challenges of learning this process might be. After observing children having difficulty, I began to believe that when children are having trouble learning to tie their shoes, it is not directly related to the act of tying. Instead, children become worried about failing because they are focused on "being a big kid," anxious because they are excited about doing whatever comes AFTER they get their shoes on, or nervous that others will tease them for taking too long or not getting it right.
I designed this activity to help my daughter learn to tie her shoes, and I am confident that it will help any child learn to do the same quickly and easily. This worksheet creates a safe and positive learning environment" for children to practice in because the result, whether successful or not, is not directly tied to the child's perception of being a "big boy/girl." It also helps because it allows children to focus on learning the process of how to tie a bow without having to worry about losing balance, becoming anxious about who is watching, or getting impatient because of the additional time it takes during this learning stage.