When can kids tie their own shoes?
When will my child be able to tie her own shoes?
Submitted by Parents Team

Honestly, what would we do without Velcro? Moms, teachers, and daycare providers would be tying shoes all day long. That's because most children lack the coordination to effectively tie their own shoes until they're at least around 4 or 5. By then, her fine motor skills will be developed enough and she can remember the multistep process required to tie laces. But plan on her still needing plenty of practice and a little help every now and then (which is why so many schools prefer Velcro sneaks). In fact, most girls don't master the task of tying their own shoes until age 6, and boys may need help until age 7. --Deborah Skolnik

Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the April 2005 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

Answered by Parents Team
Community Answers (8)

As the owner of LaceWorks (aka Tyingisasnap, our company is focused on helping children learn to tie with bi colored laces) I have spent considerable time working with children of all ages and I would agree with the Parents Team in most regards. Learning the process of tying can be taught as young as 3 but coordination usually lags behind until about 4-5 yrs. Dual colored laces really help with both learning and coordination. By age 6-7 every child should have the skills necessary to tie.
Submitted by itsmescottdavis

As the owner of LaceWorks (aka Tyingisasnap, our company is focused on helping children learn to tie with bi colored laces) I have spent considerable time working with children of all ages and I would agree with the Parents Team in most regards. Learning the process of tying can be taught as young as 3 but coordination usually lags behind until about 4-5 yrs. Dual colored laces really help with both learning and coordination. By age 6-7 every child should have the skills necessary to tie.
Submitted by itsmescottdavis

As the owner of LaceWorks (aka Tyingisasnap, our company is focused on helping children learn to tie with bi colored laces) I have spent considerable time working with children of all ages and I would agree with the Parents Team in most regards. Learning the process of tying can be taught as young as 3 but coordination usually lags behind until about 4-5 yrs. Dual colored laces really help with both learning and coordination. By age 6-7 every child should have the skills necessary to tie.
Submitted by itsmescottdavis

We started teaching my oldest daughter at 3 and my youngest daughter is 3 1/2 and she's almost mastered it. The earlier you start teaching the sooner they will get it. I wouldn't try any younger than 3 though. But every child is different. All you can do is try and see how your child takes to it.
Submitted by angel0913

I dont think that they should learn how to tie there shoe before the enter into the 1st grade
Submitted by zjw0410

well my son is 3 1/2 years old right now and I taught him how to tie his shoes last month. Ever since then he ties hes own shoes. I just taught him in a way that was really fun and catchy.
Submitted by sh46069

My son did not get the hang of it until just before his 6th birthday. We would keep doing the steps, but his little fingers just could not make it happen. Then all of a sudden, he just got it. It would still take some major concentration on his part until about age 7... Now it is a thing of the past!
Submitted by luckiegrrl777