Shoe Lacing, Montessori-Style

montessori craft project
I am a big fan of Montessori methods of education and I’m still mourning over Tila’s Montessori daycare she went to in France. There are none here in Germany in the area we live at the moment so I try to implement as many Montessori principles at home as I can.
I especially love their toys which are in fact called ‘materials’ simply because they are designed with an aim to help children spontaneously learn when working with them. There are many ways to make Montessori-style materials at home and most of them are very simple so I thought about starting a series of “Montessori-Style Crafts” posts.

My first project in this series is a fun and super simple craft that can be actually done by kids themselves and its purpose is to help learn how to lace and unlace.


Things you need are:
-A piece of thick cardboard big enough to fit the shoes
-Paint (I used watercolors)
-Knitting needle or skewer


First make the outline with a pencil


Go over with a black marker and draw in the rest of the shoe like the eyelets and the tongue, I even had to do pink toe caps.


Paint the shoes and make holes in the eyelets using a knitting needle or a skewer.

learn to tie your shoes craft project

Now put the shoelaces in (or even better – let the kids do it) and you’re done!


To read more from Polona, go to her cute blog Baby Jungle!


Comments (7)

Courtney in London
February 4, 2015

Polona, I absolutely LOVE this idea. So cute. And such perfect timing as I know a certain 5-year-old girl who is desperate to learn how to tie her shoes… xx

February 4, 2015

I cannot agree more, the Montessori methods are great. I got inspired by my Mum for lot of activities. My eldest is three, so we cannot do anything too difficult, but the progress they make with the activities are incredible.
I will keep this idea in mind for later 🙂

February 4, 2015

What a wonderful idea. I also love the montessori method and materials for the same reasons and am always curious about ways to implement them at home. Thank you for this!

Esther in Amsterdam
February 4, 2015

I love this idea!! So cute. will definitely try this one with Ava. Fun!! x

February 4, 2015

love this – thank you !!! I’m going to try this this week and would love to know some other ideas – as my kids are in playschool which they love but i love the montesorri ethos and materials too….please do continue with your montesorri tips.

Leah prins
February 4, 2015

This is perfect timing – my 5 year old & I were just talking about working on this skill yesterday! This will be a great help – thanks

March 12, 2015

This is so cool! Really original idea! Thumbs up! I love it!

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