Skills for School – Tying Shoelaces Many children will often be learning to tie their shoelaces in the first few years of primary school. It is an important skill to have as it encourages the child’s independence in self care. However shoelace tying can be tricky as it involves fine motor skills, bilateral hand coordination, visual perceptual skills and hand eye coordination. Below are a few tips for children who are developing this skill: 1. Create shoelace practice boards.