Shoelace wishes

‘To wear one’s dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.’ - Roger Vivier

‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!’ – Dr Seuss

Use this simple exercise to encourage your child to express their greatest hopes, wishes, and passions, even if those things make little sense to you. Especially if those things make little sense to you! All you need is a pair of lace-up shoes, and some alphabet beads.



  1. Sit down with your child, and spend some quality time talking about your dreams and passions. What do you love to do? Why do you love to do it? What’s the one thing or person that never fails to make you smile, no matter what?
  2. Lay all of the alphabet beads out in front of your child, and ask them to think about their own dreams, passions, and strengths. What do they like about the world and the people and places within it? What are they most fond of? What are they most proud of? The answers needn’t be complex or profound to be special, but you shouldn’t be afraid to delve deeply.
  3. Next, let them choose the letters and words that appeal most to them, spelling out their dreams. If they’re too young to grasp this, you can help them to spell out the words that best fit. Their shoelaces could contain their very own political manifesto, or their favourite word, or they could be an ode to pizza.
  4. Once they’ve chosen the right words, help them to thread the beads onto the shoe.
  5. Voila! You’re finished! Encourage your little one to wear their new shoes with pride, jumping and skipping and spreading their message wherever they go.