• Angela Russ-Ayon

14 Things Children Learn When They Put on Their Shoes



There is a point when children can do things for themselves, yet parents continue to do things for them. This post will show you how encouraging young children to put on their own shoes promotes high-level thinking. Allow time for them to do the task, and let them practice when you aren’t trying to race out the door. Learning new skills encourages independence and builds confidence, but children are learning much more.

1) Like everything, shoes have specific attributes, so when children retrieve their own shoes, they use a math skill called classifying. In other words, children identify that shoes have specific characteristics and are not coats, gloves, socks, etc.

2) Shoes come in pairs or matched sets. This is sorting.

3) One shoe goes on each foot, so they will need two shoes. This is number sense.

4) Putting on shoes helps develop fine motor skills because children manipulate smaller muscles in their hands and fingers, those eventually used to write.

Spatial sense is an understanding of shape, size, position, direction, and movement, which involves the concepts of traditional geometry. See how this knowledge involves spatial sense:

5) The toes go in the front of the shoe, not the heel.

6) If the foot slips out or has too much room, the shoes are too big.

7) If the heel won’t slip all the way in, the shoes are too small.

8) If the shoes feel funny, they may be on the wrong foot.


Let’s look at problem-solving.

9) It isn't easy to put shoes on when they are standing.

10) It may be easier to push a foot into a shoe when standing.

11) The shoe can’t be put on if it is laced, buttoned, or Velcroed closed. They have to open the closure first.

12) Getting part of the foot into a shoe does not mean the shoe is on.

13) If the shoe's heel is folded, it has to be unfolded to get the foot all the way in.

14) How does the shoe close once the foot is in, Velcro, lace, slip-on?


Feel free to share your ideas with me, and I will add them to this post.


Angela Russ-Ayon is a mom-preneur, children’s author, interactive trainer on the subject of early childhood, and award-winning artist/producer of music for young children. She presents educational strategies to child care providers, parents, and teachers nationwide for AEYCs, R & Rs, and the like. She is a member of the Recording Academy and is the sole owner of Russ InVision Records. For more information on Angela, her workshops, and accomplishments you are welcome to visit www.abridgeclub.com. © 2021, Russ InVision. All rights reserved.

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