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Shoe Tying Printable Practice Shoe

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When practicing shoe tying, it is best to have the shoe sitting in front of the child either on the floor or the table. I don’t always have a shoe with me (I have been known to take my own shoe off to use for practice), so I made a shoe printable and attached it to a small box that can sit in front of the child who is practicing.

two color lace shoe template

I also use different types of laces to practice, so I printed out several of the little shoes, laminated them, punched out the holes for the laces, and put Velcro on the back so that I could Velcro the different ones to the box top, depending on which one I wanted to use with that particular child.

shoe template box

I have one with two different color of laces, one with wire ribbon, and two plain white ones with dots on them to help the kids know where to hold the laces. The little box is the perfect size to store the different shoes in.

ribbon shoe template

while laces with dots template

shoe tying template

Next week I have a post with techniques to use when practicing tying shoes.



  • Fine motor
  • visual perception
  • bimanual
  • visual motor

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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14 replies
  1. Charisse Leyba
    Charisse Leyba says:

    As an occupational therapist, I think this customized lacing board is a great way to simplify the complex process of tying shoes, since it will be easier to see where each lace go given that each has distinguishing colors. If I win any of these, this will be a great help for my students. 🙂

  2. Gretchen
    Gretchen says:

    What a great idea! I really like the idea of printing out multiple shows so kids can practice together!

  3. Karla Williams
    Karla Williams says:

    Hi, I love this idea. I have tried teaching my Williams Syndrome son to tie shoes for a very long time. He is 35 years old. I think I am going to give this a try. Can’t hurt. I want him to be just a bit more independent.

  4. SJ De Mey
    SJ De Mey says:

    My 7 year needs all the help he can get with this skill. Do you have any scripts for talking him through it? He does best with precise repetition, and I haven’t been able to get that down yet.

  5. Becky
    Becky says:

    I need to teach my son to tie his shoes as he will be entering kindergarten in the fall. These laces would really help. Thank you!

  6. mar
    mar says:

    I have been doing this for a while, but what I do is take the laces that are tied together on the bottom, and slip it over a narrow pencil box, or stapler, or any other object I can find (or have with me). I travel between schools and this way I am only carrying a laminated paper with the 2 laces instead of another box of something. I can even slip it into a small pouch so I can use it with students in their regular ed classrooms, fairly unobtrusively.


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  1. […] 1.  Place the shoe or practice board in front of the child on their lap, or a table. It is much harder to start tying when the shoe is on the child’s foot, so starting in an easier position is the first step.  Get the practice shoe printable here. […]

  2. […] week I will be giving tips that I use when working on tying shoes. Last week I shared a printable practice shoe to use placed in front of the […]

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