Tying knots is a simple and fun Kindergarten fine motor activity. Kindergarteners love tying knots. Fascinating, isn’t it? Hand my Kindergartener some ribbon, and he will tie knots for a solid 20 minutes. Winner winner chicken dinner! I can’t wait to share this tie the knots activity with you.
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How to Set Up Tie the Knots
Step 1. Cut up some ribbon.
All you need is some ribbon! Cut it up into sections and make sure it’s long enough for your child to hold as they tie it up.
Step 2. Sit down together with a long piece of ribbon.
I know that my Kindergartener still needs time with me to bond. He is in the middle of a huge transition, and we need to find ways to connect in between the chaos. It’s kind of like when we played GIANT Tic-Tac-Toe.
He took a ribbon, and I sat on the other side with another ribbon. Together, we tied knots and had a hoot showing one another the knots we made.
It was simple, fun, and great fine motor practice. What comes after this fine motor activity?
Learning to tie a shoe, of course! Now, all we need is to get some shoes with laces!
Benefits of Tie the Knots
The pencil grip starts here. The best way to improve pencil grip is to do fine motor activities such as tying knots. Basically, the stronger the hands, the better the grip!
In fact, you can read all about the stages of pencil grip here.
Why Your Kindergartner Needs This Fine Motor Activity
I like to think more about stages than ages.
Typically, Kindergarteners are at a stage where they are ready for more focus. They have saved the pumpkins with tweezers and put stickers on snack bags. Kindergarteners are ready to take fine motor activities to the “next level.”
Tying knots takes muscle control and hand-eye coordination. This is a tall order for preschoolers that they may not be ready for, but it’s a great chance to practice!
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Try Out This Kindergarten Activity
I cannot get enough of this activity because it’s so simple! Sitting down with my little one and making knots in ribbons while improving their fine motor strength – could I ask for a calm playtime?! Grab a ribbon, and try this with your Kindergartener today!
Here you’ll see videos on how to tie shoelaces from NIKE.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Having a child tie knots is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination, build hand strength, and improve focus. Use this activity along with these 50 Fine Motor Skills Activities to encourage pencil grip.
If you asked me before kids, I would have said five years old. Now that I have children, and see how most shoes are velcro, learning to tie a shoe may come at a later time. Begin to introduce shoe tying with your child around Kindergarten and sit one on one to practice. Remember that shoe tying takes time.
Sit comfortably with your child showing them how to fold the ribbon in half and then string through the bottom. Pull to tighten the strings to make a knot.
How to Set Up Tie the Knots (Print HERE!)
- Long Ribbon
- Cut up some ribbon.All you need is some ribbon! Cut it up into sections and make sure it’s long enough for your child to hold as they tie it up.
- Sit down together with a long piece of ribbon.I know that my Kindergartener still needs time with me to bond. He is in the middle of a huge transition, and we need to find ways to connect in between the chaos. It’s kind of like when we played GIANT Tic-Tac-Toe.