Quick tips to teach left from right
- Quick tip 1Repeat “Left hand makes the L.”Repeat “Left hand makes the L.”
Place kids’ hands on a piece of paper, palms down and thumbs stretched out. Trace down the left index finger and across the left thumb to create an “L.” Next time they need to figure out which way is left, they can hold their hands out and look for the “L.”
- Quick tip 2Wear a bracelet.Wear a bracelet.
Let kids choose which wrist to wear a bracelet or rubber band on. If they choose the left wrist, help them keep wearing the bracelet on that wrist. That way, when they see the bracelet, they’ll know that’s their left side.
- Quick tip 3Always start with the dominant hand.Always start with the dominant hand.
For kids who show dominance in one hand, always start activities with that hand and announce what side that is. For example, “Take your right hand and use it to start dribbling the basketball.”
Many kids need help learning left from right. For a surprising number of people, telling left from right never becomes second nature. A study of young adults found that 1 in 4 still struggle with left and right.
The good news is that kids can develop a better sense of right and left with some coaching from adults and lots of practice.
Watch this video for tips on teaching kids left from right: