Which Hand Will Our Child Prefer?

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Question: We’re still not sure if our child, who is soon going to preschool, is right- or left-handed. Is there any quick and easy way to determine this? He uses his left hand for most tasks.


There’s no quick and easy way to determine completely and accurately if your child is left- or right-handed. Usually, a child favors one hand over the other by age 3.

Many people use different hands for different tasks throughout their lives, including children. However, a child will usually choose one hand over the other for a task such as handwriting, which takes a lot of practice. And we guess that this is your concern.

Just observing your child might not give you the answer to which hand your child prefers. However, you’ll get an idea by noticing which hand he or she uses to throw balls, fit puzzle pieces or hold a spoon. If you want to be a bit more scientific, measure the difference in accuracy and time for him to put pegs in holes using each hand.

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