I am so excited about this idea! It is working wonders to get children motivated to learn how to tie their shoes.  I found a pair of shoes at the thrift store that I put wheels from a toy truck on.
When a child learns how to tie shoes, they can demonstrate on my shoe.

If they succeed – they get to write their name in gold on the shoe!  (I use sharpie paint pen!)
Children are practicing all over the place.  Today, two boys spent the entire center time practicing.
First day the shoe train came out – excitement in River City!
The shoe tying children writing their names onto the shoe.
Two students holding their own shoe tying “workshop.”