My daughter is seven years old. She has always tried very hard to get the hang of tying her shoes. It was just very hard for her. We had a few of those dolls that have the zippers, buttons and laces on them, but they moved when she was trying to tie. It was hard for her to hold the doll still and tie too. When I saw the Melissa and Doug wooden lacing sneaker on Ebay I knew it was some thing that might help my daughter. It had a lot of good points to it. One of them being it would stay still while she tied so she could really get the hang of tying with out fumbling trying to hold it down. That was a big part in my choice to buy the Melissa and Doug wooden lacing sneaker.
Recommend this product?
Like I said I found the Melissa and Doug wooden lacing sneaker on line at the Ebay site. I bought it for $8.00 with $5.00 for the shipping, brand new. I didn't mind the price, in fact I paid more for each lace up doll that we have. So I was pleased with the price that I had paid and would say it is definitely worth the money that I spent on it.
Details and facts:
First of all I should mention that the Melissa and Doug wooden lacing shoe that my daughter has is the deluxe one. Not the original which had a more flat look to it. This one is made at that same top quality but rounded in the right places to be more realistic as well. The Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe is is light wood on the bottom base of the shoe. Then it goes in to a white front, with a red middle and high white back of the shoe as well. It reminds me of an old Converse sneaker to be honest.
The laces are long. They are red and white in color and are real shoe laces. What better way to learn then with the real thing. The shoe is all wood. It is very solid and will certainly handle some abuse. The Melissa and Doug wooden lacing sneaker is made with high craftsmanship. The product claims to help your child build early shape, color and size differentiation skills, while also teaching them to lace up and tie a sneaker on their own.
This is not a toy that makes noise, not one that tells your child what to do. You as the parent or guardian can give your child direction, show them how to do it, and then leave them to try. Remember not to be critical. Use only encouragement. You want them to have fun while learning, not think of it as a chore. The Melissa and Doug wooden lacing sneaker can be fun, and teach your child great skills.
The Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe is age recommended for children who are the age of three and up. There is nothing small that will come off or be choked on. However a child of younger age may not quite be able to get the full concept of how to use it. You want to give them the Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe only when they begin to exhibit being ready and willing to learn how to tie their own shoes.
Use and my recommendation:
My daughter used the Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe the day that it was delivered. She placed it in front of her on the floor and put the laces through. She at first began to get frustrated because the shoe lace would not come out even when she put it through, she kept getting more on one side then on the other. However, I fixed that quick. I went over and said let me show you what to do, and then you try to copy me. I made sure that I goofed up and got it uneven myself a few times "had to show her that we all make mistakes" and that we just keep trying. I laughed every time I goofed it up and she did to. She tried again after watching me get it right and she did it! She said "Mom, I got it faster then you did!"
That was the first victory. I showed her a few times how to tie the shoe lace. Ten I left her to do it on her own while I watched from the couch. She tried about a dozen times before she got it right. But the look on her face is one that I will not ever forget. I have never seen any one look so pleased and proud of them selves before. She was very happy. That did not mean that my daughter knew how to tie her shoes form that point on. There were days of practice. About nine days or so, Emmily learned how to tie with out fail. She still played with the sneaker for a while longer though because she liked it.
The Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe worked out great for Emmily, she stuck with it, had fun learning and was able to learn from it pretty quickly. She now ties her shoes on her own with no help at all. I have a 2 year old that will be learning one day, so until then I have retired the shoe to a box down stairs. I will definately be using it to help teach him how to tie his shoes one day. I was very pleased with my purchase and certainly with the out come. I would highly recommend the Melissa and Doug deluxe wooden lacing shoe.
Amount Paid (US$): 13.00
Type of Toy: Educational
Age Range of Child: Other