Pretty often, toddlers use both hands equally well, so parents can’t define which hand is the dominant one. Besides, some people are ambidextrous, e.g. can successfully control both hands. How to define handedness in children? These tasks will help you. Take your time to perform them, whenever in doubt.
1. Interlocking Fingers
Offer your kid to lock the fingers. The test should be performed quickly, without thinking and preparation. As a rule, right-handed people put the thumb on the top of the hand, and left-handed put the left thumb above.
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2. Napoleon’s Pose
Ask your child to cross arms on breast: It is considered that right-handed people rest their right hand on the left forearm, and in left-handed people do the opposite.
Right-handers have more active right hand when applauding, left-handers mostly use their left hand. This test is considered more informative in adults, and children more often applaud, happily clapping with both palms.
Give your kid two pencils (one for each hand) and ask to draw two circles. The circle that looks more accurate is drawn by the dominant hand. Observe: the movements performed by the leading hand may be slower, but more accurate. The lines of the figures drawn by the leading hand are clearer, more even, hand trembling is less pronounced, the corners are smoother, the junction points do not diverge.
5. Unscrew a Cap
One of the most unusual ways to define handedness in children is asking them to unscrew a bottle cap: most likely, it will be done by the dominant hand.
6. Cutting With Scissors
Another trick is giving your kid the paper to cut out figures. As a rule, kids use scissors with a dominant hand. However, since most scissors are designed for right-handed people, children are forced to use their right hand.
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7. A Sneak Peek
Give your little one a camera and ask to look through the
Most likely, a right-handed child will use the right eye to look, and vice versa.
Watch this video here. Ask your kid one simple question: which way is the train moving? For those who think that the train is going to the left, the right hemisphere is better developed (like that of a lefty). If the train goes to the right, then, accordingly, a person seeing that is likely to be right-handed.
Ask the child to imagine a target. Offer him/her raise hands as if holding a bow and arrows, close one eye and aim. Which eye was closed? If right, then it is a sign of left-handed, and if left, a kid must be right-handed.
10. Leg crossing
Now watch your kid sitting on a chair/sofa with one leg over another. Which leg is on the top? The right leg is used by right-handed people, left leg – by lefties.
To define handedness in children, watch them doing different actions: wiping dust, grabbing things, taking a phone, eating with a spoon, etc. The dominant hand will be used more often, and more confidently.
You can start performing such tests starting from the age of 2 years. Why checking it so early? It’s important to understand which hand is dominant because left-handed kids’ brain is functioning a bit differently, and they need a special approach.