I have this insane mentality that my kids will be "better off" if I make them have tie shoes and not velcro shoes. Weird, I know. Just one of my "weird things".
Well one problem with my need for tie shoes is that I needed to make my kids learn how to tie their own shoes for it to be successful. So I did this at the end of summer when I realized that they were struggling.
I grabbed a cardboard box. Had to keep it real and pick a Budweiser box.
I grabbed my bin of ribbon.
I cut out a part of the box and made the kid stand on it. I traced the outline of his shoe (the more involved the kid is, the more likely he might actually want to tie the friggin thing, you know?)
Then I got my foot. I cut it out. You can make the kid do this too if you are so motivated.
Then I took a knife and I cut some holes as "shoe lace holders" - you know - like a shoe.
I let the kid pick out two different colored pieces of ribbon. This way, he could tell what string was what when he was practicing. I made him practice it a lot and a lot.
Eventually he was ready to tie his own shoes and here is a picture of him in his shoes when he first tied them all by himself.
It didn't take long - he just needed to understand the basics of it which I think the different colored strings helped him to do. It was cheap. It was easy. It was educational. I need an award or some crap like that.