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Sometimes I feel like we are the A-Team around here! Did you ever watch the A-Team? It was one of my favorite television shows in the 1980's. If you think about it, it was the ultimate DIY show. In each episode, the A-Team would scavenge around for materials to create something essential to hatch their plan. Part of the comedy (and awesomeness) of the show was the silly stuff they would use. For instance, they would make an armored truck even better with some duck tape and a few welding techniques.

Like the A-Team, we find random stuff around to make a plan come together and today, we're learning to tie shoes.

Want to learn too?

Here's how:

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard
  • Shoelaces
  • Box cutter (or heavy duty scissors)
  • Screw driver
  • Sharpie

Step 1: Cut out a square of cardboard and lay down your shoes. Trace the first shoe loosely (be careful not to get marker on the shoe).

Step 2: Trace the 2nd shoe.

Step 3: Make a straight line for the toe design at the top of each shoe. Draw ten dots on each shoe for the lace holes.

Step 4: "Adult A-Team certified Only" for this one: Lay cardboard on top of thick carpeting and puncture holes with the screwdriver. Spin the screwdriver around to form the holes. In the comment section below, if you have a better method for this step, please suggest! The A-Team always looks for the best way! We've been known to wing it!

Step 5: Thread laces through the holes and then let your child learn to tie!

See? Wasn't that fun?

BONUS: Your child can color the shoe tie practice board too!

I love it when a plan comes together! 

Originally posted on Salsa Pie


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