One of the final sensory frontiers in my house was to get my 7yo to tie his shoes. Thanks to poor fine motor, he had yet to “get it.” Then I saw this video in one of my OT groups, which made me think it may just be time for me to try teaching him again.
It was the catalyst for me to figure out an OT-appropriate way for kids to tie their own shoes.
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How to Tie a Shoe in 1 Second!
*** If this trick requires too much fine motor control for your kiddo, learn how occupational therapists teach children to tie their shoes!
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Fine Motor Resources
- Fine Motor Toys & Tools
- 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5
- Alphabet Fine Motor Activities with Lego Bricks
- Fine Motor and Handwriting Activities Bundle
- ABC Fine Motor Mats
- Fine Motor Skills Activity Packet
- Flip and Fill Animal Fine Motor Game
- Print and Play Fine Motor Activities
- Progress Monitoring Forms – Fine Motor Skills
- 100 Fine Motor Ideas
For fine motor practice and ideas:
Fine Motor Fun: Hundreds of Developmentally Age-Appropriate Activities Designed to Improve Fine Motor SkillsBasics of Fine Motor Skills: Developmental Activities for KidsThe OT’s Activity Book: Worksheets created by a pediatric occupational therapist for fine motor, visual motor, and visual perceptual developmentBig Skills for Little Hands® Trace Shapes Workbook—Learning Shapes, Colors, Fine Motor Skills, Tracing Activity Book