Half of children can't tie shoelaces

Half of children can't tie shoelaces with many tucking them into their footwear or relying on Velcro straps

By Mail on Sunday Reporter

Published: 02:12 BST, 2 September 2018 | Updated: 02:12 BST, 2 September 2018

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As life skills go, it’s not the hardest one to learn, but a survey has revealed that nearly half of British children can’t tie their shoelaces.

A poll of 1,500 parents with children under the age of ten found that a staggering 45 per cent knot their laces, with many relying on shoes with Velcro straps.

And the research by footwear firm Wynsors World of Shoes found that of the 55 per cent of children who could tie their own laces, more than third ‘can’t be bothered’, instead simply tucking the laces into their shoes.

The study also found that 42 per cent of children under the age of ten can’t tell the time, 25 per cent can’t use a knife and fork confidently and 44 per cent have no idea how to

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