Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tie Buddies Encourages Kids to Tie Shoes Easily *Review + Giveaway*

Abbigaile is going to Pre-School this year. She will be there all day long, and for the most part I was ok with it until I bought her her book-bag earlier this week. I can't believe my baby is going to school full time. I'm nervous, and excited all at the same time. I may be blowing up Facebook and Twitter next week ridiculously with "OMG my baby is in school" posts.. please just offer me some love and encouragement. It really takes a village sometimes.

Along with all of her back to school supplies, I've purchased her several pairs of shoes, one of which has "real" laces. I must admit, I'm really frustrated that most of the kids shoes on the market right now don't have laces. I firmly believe that it is super important for children to learn how to tie their shoes. Not only to help develop their fine motor skills, but problem solving, and patience, as well.

When Alex was in preschool, he couldn't tie his shoes if I paid him. I wish I knew about Tie Buddies back then, and I am so excited that I've been introduced to them this year!

Invented by a mom, Tie Buddies are these great little squares that attach to shoe laces to encourage little fingers (and minds!) to learn to tie their shoes all by themselves.

Available in both girl and boy colors, Tie Buddies are as appealing to kids as they are parents. In fact, anything that can help with the frustrations of learning to tie shoelaces, is very appealing to parents.

I received our sample to review at the beginning of this summer, and to be honest, Abbigaile wanted nothing to do with them, or her laced shoes. With summer in full force in Florida, she began wearing slide-on's and flip flops almost constantly.. so I waited for when I thought she might be ready to try it again. One of the pairs of shoes she got for back to school has laces, so I was eager to see how she would do.

She has taken to the laced shoes much better than she did earlier this summer, but I'm still trying to encourage her to tie her shoes with her Tie Buddies. At only 4, she's insisting that I do it.. and I will, but every time I offer for her to try. I have a feeling that very soon she will want to try it on her own because I catch her playing with her laced shoes while they're on the shoe rack, attempting to tie them without anyone looking.

I think that for a child in kindergarten, or a child who really wants to learn how to tie their shoes, Tie Buddies would be a great product for them. I do like how Tie Buddies work, and the fairy and magic wand on the tabs themselves. I really think that when she's ready, that Tie Buddies will really help her out.

Our friends at Tie Buddies have offered a package of Tie Buddies to one lucky reader!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US. This giveaway will end on August 21, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and all winner information will be posted on our WINNERS PAGE and on this post. Any unclaimed prizes will be redrawn accordingly and at the discretion of 4BabyAndMom. This product was provided to me at no cost by Tie Buddies to review. As always, what you have read is strictly the opinion of 4BabyAndMom. Your opinions may differ.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!


Please refer to our WINNERS PAGE for more information on how to claim your prize.

71 comments:

mamawj August 11, 2010  

main entry: Seems like girls learn how to tie shoes faster, now having a 6yr old grandson it seems as they he has no interest no matter which way we try to show him. We are focusing more on it this year to help him get it down pat. His dad even told him that would be a nice surprize gift as his dads present from him. I'm trying the bunny way too but so far no luck. With todays new shoes having velcro it seems kids have less need they think to learn. But I prefer shoes with strings. I've always been curious about this nifty product when I heard of the Tie Buddies. Thanks for the chance.
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com
http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/20881753637

mamawj August 11, 2010  

I LIKE Tie Buddies on Facebook
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

I LIKE you on Facebook- 4BabyAndMom
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

I Follow 4BabyAndMom on Twitter as itsallnew2me
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

I Follow Tie Buddies on Twitter as itsallnew2me
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

I Follow 4BabyAndMom publicly through Google Friends/Blogger as j.cutshaw
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

mamawj August 11, 2010  

current Subscriber by Email newsletter at
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

I think kids should learn by the time they go to "real" school. Can you imagine being the teacher having 20+ kids who can't tie?

I'm trying to teach mya using loop-swoop-pull but it isn't working just quite yet!

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

fb fan of tiebuddies

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

fb fan of 4babyandmom

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

twitter follower of 4babyandmom

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

twitter follower of tiebuddies

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

tweet for wed 8/11

http://twitter.com/stefplus3/status/20897972002

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

follower with google friend connect

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

email subscriber

cunninghamfamily at gmail dot com

stef

Stef plus 3 August 11, 2010  

entered mop giveaway today!

stef

andrea v August 11, 2010  

We have tried to teach my son and he just won't take the time. I'e seen these and would love to try them. I don't remember how I learned.

andrea v August 11, 2010  

like tie buddies on facebook

andrea v August 11, 2010  

follow you on twitter-vickers2622

andrea v August 11, 2010  

follow tie buddies on twitter-vickers2622

andrea v August 11, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/20934801830

Emily August 11, 2010  

I really don't remember how I was taught, and I haven't started teaching my son quite yet.

emster259 at hotmail.com

Emily August 11, 2010  

I like you on facebook.

Emily August 11, 2010  

I like Tie Buddies on facebook.

Emily August 11, 2010  

I entered the Seventh Generation giveaway.

Emily August 11, 2010  

I'm an email subscriber.

Emily August 11, 2010  

I follow you on google friends.

Emily August 11, 2010  

I commented on the Wal-Mart snack post.

andrea v August 12, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/20965519504

andrea v August 13, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21055022291

Stef plus 3 August 13, 2010  

tweet for 8/13

http://twitter.com/stefplus3/status/21099954682

stef

andrea v August 14, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21143850271

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

i do have one memory of learning to tie my shoes... i sat in the kitchen on the floor by my mom's dining chair and tried, and tried. i think Tie buddies are a wonderful invention and would love to try them on my 3-year old son... he will start learning to ties his shoes this year.
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

i am following you on twitter as RITAGIRL
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

i am following Tie Buddies on twitter
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21161743168
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

i am a public follower with GFC
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

entered Rubbermaid mop giveaway
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 14, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21174873167
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

mamawj August 14, 2010  

http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/21187129614
tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

andrea v August 15, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21227020063

vickers at comcast dot net

Debbie Stanton August 15, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21242530218
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Stef plus 3 August 15, 2010  

tweet for sun 8/15

http://twitter.com/stefplus3/status/21246116039

stef

Debbie Stanton August 15, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21260424128
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

mamawj August 15, 2010  

http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/21278248970
tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

Shelby,  August 16, 2010  

This is a great tool that should be used for parents trying to teach children how to tie kids shoes!

andrea v August 16, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21305195204

Stef plus 3 August 16, 2010  

tweet for mon 8/16

http://twitter.com/stefplus3/status/21320848301

stef

Debbie Stanton August 16, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21324683759
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

mamawj August 16, 2010  

http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/21333010388
tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 16, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21337813218
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

andrea v August 17, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21394201442

Debbie Stanton August 17, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21412268378
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 17, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21422717503
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

mamawj August 17, 2010  

http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/21423213413
tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

andrea v August 18, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21480466953

Debbie Stanton August 18, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21499254035
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

mamawj August 18, 2010  

http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/21508255661
tweeted
sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

Stef plus 3 August 18, 2010  

tweet for 8/17

http://twitter.com/stefplus3/status/21516513693

stef

andrea v August 19, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21568325330

Jenn S. August 19, 2010  

I can't remember how I learned but I remember I had the hardest time . My daughter learned very easily, we used the bunny method (around the tree and into the burrough). Now its time to teach my son and the bunny isn't working.

Debbie Stanton August 19, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21588861817
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 19, 2010  

tweeet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21606989439
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

andrea v August 20, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21654587436

Debbie Stanton August 20, 2010  

tweeeet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21680334811
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 20, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21691022330
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Light474 August 20, 2010  

We use the bunny method and helping show on the kid's shoes and our shoes. Practice tying the knots is what helps the kiddos learn it.

andrea v August 21, 2010  

http://twitter.com/vickers2622/statuses/21747539066

Debbie Stanton August 21, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21759797615
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

Debbie Stanton August 21, 2010  

tweet.. http://twitter.com/RITAGIRL/status/21771658592
billdebstanton at hotmail dot com

ShareThis

e319c3d269013d80a5a32ff474a7af14a7f982023eadae48bd
BlogMommas.com Powered By Ringsurf
Original Template created by: Ourblogtemplates.com Edited & Tweaked by Lauren from 4BabyAndMom