How to Teach Children to Tie Their Shoes With the Bunny Hole

Updated April 17, 2017

A proud accomplishment for any preschooler is learning to tie his own shoes. As adults, it's easy to forget the challenge of mastering something so simple. Parents can utilise a variety of rhymes or songs to assist their child with learning this new task to make it seem more like a game than a chore. With a little patience and repetition, your child will be tying his shoes in no time.

Gain the child's attention and practice reciting the rhyme "Bunny ears, bunny ears, playing by a tree, criss-crossed the tree trying to catch me. Bunny ears, bunny ears, jumped into the hole, popped out of the other side beautiful and bold."

Demonstrate tying the laces on a shoe and reciting the rhyme while the child observes. Take one lace in each hand and cross them to form the "X." Holding both laces in one hand, use the free hand to bring one lace under the other, and pull the laces tight to demonstrate the tree.

Form a large loop with each lace, and hold one loop in each hand, explaining these are the bunny ears. Recite the following portion of the rhyme: "Bunny ears, bunny ears, playing by a tree."

Make an "X" with the bunny ears, and recite "criss-crossed the tree trying to catch me."

Push one of the bunny ears, either one, into the hole that was created by the criss-crossed laces in Step 4, and say, "Bunny ears, bunny ears jumped into the hole." As the loop or bunny ear pops out the other side of the hole, recite, "popped out the other side beautiful and bold."

Grab the loop and pull it tight as it comes through the hole to secure the bow, and tie the laces tightly.

Repeat the rhyme and demonstration again, and ask the child to mimic your movements on the other shoe. Practice until the child loses interest or masters the technique.


It's OK to stop if the child becomes frustrated and overwhelmed. Come back to it another day or time. It's best to end on a positive note rather than when the child feels upset because he can't master the new skill.

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Alicia Vaillancourt-Flotte is a graduate of the family studies bachelor degree program at Western Michigan University and is a certified family life educator through the National Council of Family Relations. She has published several how-to guides and articles for Carspace, AllAboutSurrogacy and various other websites.