Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tie Buddies Product
Tie Buddies® was born in January 2007 by inventor and mother of two, Wendy Welling. As she lay next to her younger daughter, she kept thinking that there simply had to be a better way to help her children learn to tie their own shoes!
Inspired by both her daughter’s excitement – and their increased feelings of independence as they quickly learned to tie their own shoes – Wendy spent months fiddling with prototypes and ideas until finally perfecting Tie Buddies®. The key was to create cool characters and interactive stories that help the child learn and retain the process and as well as eliminating the frustrating ‘bunny ears or loops’ that just confuse children as they learn.
Thus in April 2007 this mother of two independent shoe-tying daughters created her own company, Widget Works, Inc, and launched Tie Buddies® into the market.
Tie Buddies is such a neat concept. I know when I was little I had the hardest time learning to tie my shoe, and if this neat concept was available when I was little I would have gotten it easy. My father showed me a way to tie my shoe and while I know how to tie my shoe the correct way now, I still tie it the way he showed me just because it was easier. This concept my father showed me was much like the Tie Buddies.
While my oldest is 9 years old, she well knows how to tie her shoes and my 3 year old isn't quite there yet, I love this concept and even tried it on my own shoes.
Check out here to learn how to use the Tie Buddies
STEP 1: (FOR PARENTS)
Begin with the widest part of the Tie Buddy at the top, holes facing up. Thread the lace up through the closest tunnel, then out the top and down through the second, outer tunnel. Do not leave a loop above the Tie Buddy. Make sure there is roughly 3.5” of lace between the Tie Buddy and the last shoe eyelet. The 3.5" should be measured with your childs' foot in the shoe with the laces untied. Measure from the eyelet to the base of the Tie Buddy. You may need to adjust according to your childs' shoes and lace length so try the tying process yourself first to be sure the Tie Buddies® are placed correctly. Repeat the process on the second lace.
* Important: Tie BuddiesTM are meant to fit almost all laces however there may be some exceptions. If the tip of your childs' lace is worn or frayed you may want to replace the laces. You should also note that it may take some "elbow grease" to get the tip through on the larger ended laces.
Holding the TIPS of the laces, make an "X" and wrap one end through the hole and pull tight.
Grasp just below your Tie Buddies
Pass the left Tie Buddy (character) behind the other's back
..and back around in front
Now finish by pushing that Tie Buddy (character) back through the hole
Now grab both the Tie Buddies (characters) and pull up and away until your bow is tight
You've done it!
You can tie your shoes!
Once they've gotten the hang of it, remove one Tie Buddy so they can practice holding a lace on their own. Soon enough,you'll remove the other and your child will be a shoe-tying whiz!
These are pretty awesome and I recommend them to parents whose children are learning to tie their shoes and are having a hard time.
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