One great idea for Left Handers Day is to help your right handed friends, family and colleagues realise how “dextrous” (right-handed term, hmm…..) we have to be because we are constantly adapting a right-handed world.
One way to make this point is to make the right handers in your life do everything left-handed for the day!
Create your own Lefty Zone
All the posters are A4 size (210 x 297mm, 8in x 12in)- and you can download all of them or just the ones you want. Make sure you get the “Lefty Zone” one and declare an area (or all!) of your home or workplace a designated area where everyone must do all tasks left-handed for the day.
Get your right handed friends, family and colleagues to do all daily tasks using their normal equipment, but with their left hand e.g.:
- Stir food in pans
- Fill & pour kettle
- Pour from milk/measuring jugs
- Open tins
- Peel vegetables/fruit
- Open wine bottles
- Use microwave/hob controls (often positioned on right of the equipment)
- Wash up (draining board is often wrong side if you are holding the brush in other hand, so you have to pass wet dishes across your body to drain.
- Cutting bread (wonky slices using right handed knife in left hand)
- Eating & drinking – reverse cutlery and have drink in left hand
- Cutting – using right-handed scissors in left hand is an excellent example of totally right-biased design that doesn’t work well.
- Ironing with board & iron reversed – adults & older children only !
- Drawing a measured line with a ruler
- Having the computer mouse on the left of the keyboard and try drawing a shape on screen, or clicking and dragging – we usually have to do this with our right hand as the mouse is shared, and always set up for right-handed users
- Use the computer keypad to enter lots of numbers – using wrong hand
- Draw or write in ring binder / spiral bound notepad with left hand – binding hurts wrist
- Using fountain/ink pen or just felts and colour in with left hand – smudged work and ink on side of hand as it follows the work
- If you have left handed guitar, give lessons to the right-handers.
- Practice recorder or other instruments with hands reversed (top and bottom)
We hope this provides some inspiration and please have a good look around this website for more information and ideas. View the free posters we have available on this site.