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Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child

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Nobody denies that Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child can be a bit frustrating. Right?  As a matter of fact, in a previous post a reader had a concern about her left handed child who gets frustrated easily when using kids stencils for drawing.  Certainly, I know that Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child can be challenging for young children.  Moreover with Kids Stencils for Drawing, that is even harder.

If for any reason this happens to your kids, then introduce these later when they show readiness.  On a more positive note, I share some tips in this post about Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child. I certainly hope these can help.

Point in fact, left-handed children experience some difficulty using right handed tools.  Surely it is difficult to cut things for art and craft activities with a right handed scissors.  Ideally these children should use tools designed for them.  However with this in mind, they do activities just as well as right handed kids.

 


Basically, here are some tips that can help left handed kids to draw.

Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child

Whenever possible, make special arrangements for kids.  For example, let them sit at a left handed desk, and provide drawing tools that are specially made for them.  Basically set up their work space so that it accommodates their writing and drawing activities.  Despite the provision of these tools, some lefty kids will still have challenges because we live in a world where the right hand is the dominant one.

Correct Pencil Grasp  

Before long, your child needs to learn about the Tripod Grasp.  Important to realize that this is how a pencil is held correctly to write or draw.  First put a mark about an inch and a half above the pencil point.  As a matter of fact just use a marker or a sticker to do so.  To emphasize, tell your child that this is a guide for holding the pencil correctly with the thumb and index finger.

 


 

Left Hand Pencil Grip
Left Hand Pencil Grip

Practice For Confidence

No doubt the Tripod Grip has its advantages.  Surely the child is holding the pencil a bit higher.  Of course this makes it easier to see the drawing.  Certainly, it cuts down on paper smudges.  In fact practice is key, so work with your child to get this grasp right.  Truly the child gets a boost of confidence.

 

 


Left Handed Tools For Kids

Even though there are left handed tools for kids, the purchase of these is not really necessary.  Of course these kids are capable of a good grip just like right handed kids.  However left handed scissors for example are truly designed with reverse blades so that lefties can see where they are cutting.

Similarly, the left handed ruler measures from right to left.  Certainly, this is much easier for lefty kids to draw lines and to see the numbers.  Likewise left handed pencils, pens and crayons are uniquely designed for lefties to have a good grasp.  Learn more by watching the short video below.

 

 


Angle Paper Correctly

To be sure, help your child to position paper at an angle when drawing.  Assuredly this allows arm comfort when moving.   Moreover the child is able to see the drawing.

By all means raise the paper to the left corner marginally to adjust.  No doubt this prevents overworking of the muscles and twisting of the wrist.

Right Hand Assist

Clearly remind child to use the right hand to keep the paper steady when necessary.  Surely, assist and encourage if the paper keeps moving and gets smudgy.

Model Placement and Group Seating

In case you use a model, place it to the child’s right so it can be seen.  Whenever there is group work, allow the child to sit to the left of the other child.  Of course this prevents bumping each other with the elbow.

Practice

Generally speaking kids that are lefties may need drawing practice as much as possible.  For instance you can provide everyday objects for these kids to draw.  To emphasize use nothing that will cause discouragement.  Obviously give fun easy things to draw.  To be sure reinforce the habit of working from left to right.  Again practice a lot of it, over and over for your child to learn the skill.

 


Cutting With Scissors

Important to note that it is best for left-handed kids to use scissors made specially for them because of the way the blades are turned.  Bear in mind that kids can see where they are cutting and they don’t have to fold or bend the paper.  Watch the short video below for a demonstration.

 

 

 


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8 thoughts on “Kids Stencils for Drawing and the Left Handed Child

  1. Cindy July 12, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Hi, Carol. I’m right-handed and never realized the challenges that folks that are left-handed could have, especially when the are at a young age. Thank you for sharing this post and creating awareness! It reminds me of the challenges of right-hand driving when I’m so used to left-hand driving from where I’m from. 🙂

    • admin July 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      Sure, some young left handed kids do find it a bit challenging.  I remember having a little boy in my class some years back, and he would cry ever so often whenever he is having difficulty using his dominant hand (left hand). 

      I agree with you on the driving.  I had to make that adjustment too and it was a bit challenging at first.

  2. Mark July 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I found this article very interesting. I am one of the least artistically talented people I know. After reading your post, it became apparent that no one has ever really shown me the proper form to hold a pencil. You would think they would teach that in elementary art school. At any rate I appreciated the tips on pencil grasp and paper angling. Thank you for taking the time to organize this material.

    • admin July 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I am glad that you found this article interesting.  Hope you will get a chance to share it with others.

  3. Marcie July 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful website! I happen to be left handed and so are my two kids.
    We have all known the arduous struggle to do certain things using things made for right handed use.
    I never knew though that it was difficult to use a stencil!
    Will you be marketing other useful items for lefties?
    I think you should!

    • admin July 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Marcie,

      Items made specially for left handed folks are available more easily these days.  I will definitely be carrying such items in the near future.

  4. Amy July 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    This is a great post as my son is left-handed and has lots of issues in school. His teacher has told him about the tri-pod grasp and that has come in very handy. I love your suggestions about left-handed scissors and rulers. Turning the page at the correct angle is key. Thanks for a great post!

    • admin July 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Amy,

      It’s good to know that your son got help from his teacher.  Hope you will be able to get some of the suggested items, and that your son will feel comfortable using them.

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