International Left Handers Day

So today is International Left Handers Day 2011! And you know what that means? CREATIVITY! Let it flow through your veins all day :] But you’re probably wondering “what do I do on International Left Handers Day?” and “what if I’m not left handed?” Well there are a bunch of great activities to do!

The main objectives of International Left Handers Day is to raise awareness of the advantages, disadvantages of being a left hander! But most of all, it comes down to having fun, and seeing the world from another person’s perspective! It’s similar to when you change the scenery when writing a script, or meet a new person and think, “gosh, they’re an inspiration! What a breath of new life!” Well today is a take on that!

So if you see a Lefty Zone walk over and ask them nicely to participate in some of the event. You will most likely stubble at first (just like our left handers struggle at right handed events), but you may shock yourself and actually be quite good, comfortable or even happy to use your left hand more.

Most Lefty Zones will differ from country to country, but the best thing is you can make your own zone with your own friends… and who doesn’t love a reason to have fun with friends?!

What Can I do at A Left Handers Day Party?

[this is direct from the International Left Handers Day website]

The Kitchen

  • 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.
  • Using spatulas (angled ones go the wrong way for left hand use)
  • 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 !
  • Using scissors can be an activity for any room in the house, as it works well.

** Please remember any children taking part in the above activities must be supervised by an adult at all times. **

Playroom/Study

  • Again using stationery/craft items like scissors
  • 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)

Garden/Sports Club

  • Either informal or organised gamed of left-footed football, or netball shooting with the left hand only. Works for most sports and your teams must all play left-handed (not just the lefties). Referee could penalise anyone not shooting/leading with their left, and may need a few “spotters” to keep watch!
  • Try cartwheeling leading with left foot and arm
  • Hopping through hoops, or playing hopscotch on left foot
  • Hoopla or skittles using left hand

On Holidays
If you will be relaxing by the pool on your summer holiday, make Left-Handers Day an excuse for a fun game – left-handed volleyball on the beach, or left-hand only drinking at the bar – with forfeits for the losers and possibly a left-handed corkscrew for the winner!


But most of all, have fun and enjoy seeing life from another person’s perspective. Not only does it help you be more gentle and kind but may spark up a whole new area of interest for you which can lead to multiple avenues! We definitely know that International Left Handers Day has helped us to create some interesting stories! And we’ll be looking forward to seeing you all post photos to our Facebook page!