with her daughter to practise tying knots. One of the
commenters mentioned a variation of this for lacing
shoes. My eldest is into tying knots, too, so I thought
she might like something to fiddle with along the same lines.
Anything the eldest has (pink shoe) must of course
be replicated for the middle child (blue shoe) so here
they are. When I proudly presented it to them, the
eldest said, "but I can tie knots, mom. Remember? I
alway tie my belt around my dressing gown by myself."
Note to self:
pay more attention to what the kids are actually doing when I'm not looking.
The youngest stared at it with interest, then politely put it
beside her on the bed and continued doing whatever she
was originally doing. Oh well. Not all handmade toys are
received with equal relish, I guess. I thought I would post
on it anyway because someone else's kids might get more
out of it than mine did. Besides, it gets a bit old to only
read, ".. and my child LOVED it and plays with it daily to
the point that she refuses to watch TV when invited to!"
I'm leaving the shoes lying around the house in the hope
that the girls might express interest in them later. I've
shown how it can be used to teach two skills - the blue
shoe has a knot or a bow between each pair of holes
and the pink shoe is laced the way a real shoe might be,
with a bow.
Incidentally, Emily is nowhere near being able to tie
a bow, so perhaps her pink shoe might serve
some function in the future after all!