Saturday is Knit in public day! Try Finger Knitting- No Needles Required!

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Knit In Public Day!

Saturday, June 13th is Knit in Public Day!   What a great motor coordination activity for all ages and it is relaxing! Knitting can be a lot of fun and you don't just have to use knitting needles.  You can knit with your arms or fingers! 

Don't feel like you have to jump into knitting a scarf!  Start small with knitting a small fidget toy or zipper pull for your bookbag or jacket.  You can knit a keychain or maybe a pot holder.

Finger Knitting

Grab your favorite color yarn and a comfy spot to sit.  Watch this video for step by step instructions on how to knit with your fingers.  

Arm Knitting

Don't want to use your fingers?  How about knitting with your arms?  Grab your yarn, click on the picture to the left and follow the step by step directions!  Have fun!!

Not Ready For Knitting?

Try some of these fun products to help get you started. 

String Along: It is a frustration free stringing, lacing, pattern copying wonder! Comes with 18 colorful laces and a kid safe punch pen to invite free play or pattern copying.  Iten #W3515

Pull A String: This unique board let's you write and draw using a pen with different colored string.  Thread the pen and push string into different colored holes, when you lift the string will stay in the board.  Item #W8084



Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR

How Do you Tie Your Laces? Here's a New way!

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How Do You Tie Your Laces?

Most children learn to tie their shoes by the age of five.  It can be a tricky task to teach.  Here are a few ways to help your child learn how to tie their laces!  Click on the picture for a shoetying video. 

Or maybe we have been tying our laces all wrong!  Watch this quick video on how to tie your laces making the Ian knot.

One-Handed Shoetying:

Finished knot in the one handed lace tying method.  Click on the picture to the right for step by step directions tor tying with one hand for those who really need it.

Pinkies Out!

Here's a variation that may be easier to learn. Click on picture to bring you to the step by step for this quick way to tie your laces.

Steps for Ian's Knot:

Step 1- Form a left over right starting knot, then loop both sides over thumbs. With left laces going forward over thumb, right goes behind thumb. 

Step 2- Use the middle finger of the right hand to push the loose end of the right lace behind, while left hand simply rotates forward to swing its loop across to the right. 

Step 3- Pull tight and form a bow!

Practice on a larger scale! Have your child sit on the floor with their legs straight out in front of them.  Tie a jump rope around their legs in the same way you would tie a shoelace. 


Make it a little easier!  

Use a pipe cleaner to help learn how to tie. They are easier to manipulate and will hold position as you tie. 


Compiled by Lisa Walker OTR