As parents, we're always trying to figure out our children's abilities and preferences. One important aspect of this is determining which hand your child is dominant in.
When do children begin to demonstrate their dominant hand?
Children tend to develop a left or right hand dominance between the ages of 2-3.
It is important to note that a child’s dominant hand can change as they develop and grow, therefore it it important to encourage children to continue to use the hand that they feel most comfortable with.
Below are some ways to help parents identify which is their child’s dominant hand.
1. Observe Their Movements
Watch your child as they go about their daily activities. Which hand do they use to reach for objects, hold utensils, or throw a ball? Keep track of which hand they use for each activity, and you may start to see a pattern emerge.
2. Play Games
Play games with your child that require the use of their hands, such as building blocks, encouraging them to throw, roll, track or catch. Watch which hand they use to perform the tasks and see if they switch hands at any point.
One of our favourite ways to check a child's dominant hand is to ask them to chase something (like a ball or a catching cloth) and see which hand they are grasping with.
3. Offer Choices
Give your child choices for everyday activities, such as which hand to use to brush their teeth or put on a jacket. This can help your child become more aware of their own preferences and develop a sense of independence.
Figuring out your child's dominant hand can be a fun and informative process. By observing their movements, playing games, offering choices, using hand dominance assessment tools, and asking your child directly, you can gain a better understanding of their strengths and abilities. This knowledge can help you provide them with the support and encouragement they need to succeed in all aspects of their lives.
Have you figured out your child's dominant hand?
Don't forget to share these tips with other parents who may be curious about their child's hand dominance!