Do you have a lefty in your family? My oldest child is left-handed. Being left-handed can cause some surprising challenges that I never thought about before! We have been researching left-handed school supplies for kids this week to help him out a bit. Why not make it easier for him in this right-handed world?!
When I asked him the hardest parts about being left-handed, he always mentions writing, (and shaking hands.) He has horrible handwriting and I think it might be due to the fact that he can’t really see what he is writing. Plus his hand smears it as he goes across. I never knew it until this week, but there are left-handed pens! They are curved so the lefty can see what he is writing! I am ordering some right away for our school year!
Another big challenge is cutting. We have some great left-handed scissors. These have made cutting much easier for my left-handed man! They make them for big people and for little hands, too! What makes them different than regular scissors? They are reversed from regular scissors. The finger holes are reversed and the blades are, too! Reversing it gives the left-handed kids a clear vision of what they are cutting. When a lefty used right-handed scissors, they have to put their hand in an unnatural position and it can give them callouses. Also, they can’t see what they are cutting as well.
Notebooks can be flipped backwards or you can get the ones with the spirals on top, that’s what we usually do, but did you know they make left-handed spiral notebooks? Writing with the spirals on your arm can be very awkward and uncomfortable.
Pencil Grips for Left-Handed Kids
Left Handed Rulers
I had no idea these existed, or that this was a challenge for lefties. Honestly I never thought about it! My easy right-handed world has never made me even wonder. So, these left-handed rulers are just backwards. It makes complete sense that this would be easier for them!
Left Handed Computer Mouse
This also was a new concept to me. It makes sense that a mouse would be a challenge to use for someone who is left handed, especially the curved ones that are meant for the right hand! When I try to use a computer mouse with my left hand, I feel so incapable! A left-handed mouse is set up opposite with the buttons.
Left Handed Can Opener
Ok, this is a bit of a stretch in terms of school supplies, but what a great idea to have a can opener made specifically for left-handed people!