I have pretty independent children, who start dressing themselves at about the age 2 1/2 and won’t let me help in that process too often once they start. The outfits they come up with are great, and sometimes embarrassing (ha!), but not worth the battle and I think it’s good for them to have a little control in some aspects of their lives. But when you are running late, tie shoes can be a nuisance. I’m all for teaching your kids to tie their own shoes, but Poppy is too young. She has a pair of shoes from the store that are similar to these, and I so the idea came from those. So I thought, why not ditch the shoelaces and just add some velcro in there like the ones she owns? It can’t be too hard!
All you’ll need is some velcro strips, some e-6000 glue, clothes pins, and tie shoes. Remove the laces of course.
Measure how much velcro you need by sticking it between the top sides and tongue of the shoe. Cut the velcro so none of it is sticking out to poke their foot, and so that you don’t see any out the top or sides.
**Please note: I actually think you could use just a small inch square or circle at either top corner under the lacing portion. OR, I would cut my velcro in half vertically so that it wasn’t so wide—it’s a little too much velcro and makes it harder for Poppy to get them on. So if I did these again, I would either just use a small square or circle of velcro at the top corners of the outer flaps and tongue, or a thinner piece of velcro, but sometimes you don’t think of these things till after you are done making them, am I right?**
Put a layer of e-6000 glue on either side of the velcro (the non-velcro sides).
And sandwich between the tongue and top shoelace flaps.
Pin with clothes pins.
Repeat for other shoe until the glue is dry. The glue stinks, but the smell goes away after a couple days.
And there you go! As I said, a smaller piece of velcro would be easier for her, but at least now I don’t have to be tying her shoes last minute because she is ready to go after the puts these on herself. Yay for independency that makes our lives easier…sometimes ;).
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