Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 3 - 6 year-old ++
Who would love this: Parents looking for a convenient tool for kids to practise shoelaces-tying
Melissa & Doug has this high-top wooden sneaker that reminds me of the stylish “Chuck Taylor All Star Classic”. This is the Wooden Lacing Sneaker for our young shoe-lacing expert-wannabe.
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Athletic & Retro Design - I am loving the stunning red high-top sneaker with its iconic extending-over-the-ankle design. It has thick natural wood-colour sole for stability, and two rows of 5 large eyelets for lacing. The long and stripy shoe lace intertwined in red and white. The toe cap and back strap are painted in white, and the main part of the sneaker in classic bright red. This shoe is athletic, modern yet retro, casual but full of personalities.
(2) Shoe-Lacing Milestone - This is a great toy for kids to reach their next milestone of shoe-lacing. I think the most appealing part of this toy is that the kids can now practise tying shoe-laces anywhere they want - on the couch, coffee table, bed … you name it (you probably wouldn’t be able to do that with a real pair of dirty mud-stained shoes). The wide lacing eyelets are perfect for threading, the relatively long string is kid-friendly for getting the bunny ears done - over, under, around, through, and repeat. This toy trains up patience, fine motor skill, self-help skill, encourages independence, and gives the kids a sense of “I can for it!” achievement.
(3) Wooden Material - I love the wooden material. The sneaker is sturdy and a little weighty, stays perfectly in place to allow kids to do their lacing and tying without the frustration of a “flip-around” shoe.
(4) Shoe-lacing Instructions - There is an illustrated shoe-lacing instructions printed at the outsole of the sneaker, which I think is a nice touch (although I don't think it's presented to be "easily comprehensible" enough for young kids).
Overall, this is a beautiful and durable toy that can last for a long time. The online reviews are generally fantastic. For some reason however, this sneaker doesn’t seem to interest my kids much, and the boy thinks tying his “real shoes” are much more exciting than practising on a wooden one. I have no doubt nevertheless that some kids and parents would find this learning toy useful.
[This review was first written and published in instagram on 20 February 2022]
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