The only left-handed family member

August 13, 2019

This is a gifted partnership with Maped Helix

As Tigger started to complete everyday activities as a toddler such as holding a spoon to feed himself. Grabbing for toys and reaching out for a book to read from the bookshelf. We started to notice that he would do all of this with his left hand. When it came to picking up crayons to colour and start writing it was obvious that his left hand was his prominent hand.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with this. However, as we are all right-handed it was a little tricky showing him how to hold pens correctly, use scissors etc. Which turns out to be a little of us not realise how to use our other hand and also not having access to the right equipment for him. It’s easy to think that most stationery can be utilised by both left and right-handed people. However, there are some items that make things that little bit easier if they are designed for one or the other -especially when they are just starting to learn to write, use a ruler etc.

As it is International Left-Handers Day, I wanted to share with you some of the fab left-handed stationery from Maped Helix that makes Tigger’s life that bit easier when he is completing his homework, craft activities or just doodling in a book.

International Lefthanders Day

International Left Hander’s Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprised of seven to ten per cent of the world’s population.

Maped Helix Lefthanded Stationery

Maped Helix has the perfect range of ergonomically designed stationery to celebrate the leftie in your life and help them release their inner creativity. From scissors to geometry sets, the range allows lefties to complete their work with ease.

  • Visio Pen – the ergonomic pen providing lefthanders with more visibility and comfort, available in black & blue ink (RRP £2.79)
  • Geometry Set 30cm – reversed scales running from right to left for more accurate measurements (RRP £2.94)
  • Sensoft 13cm Scissors – true left-handed scissors with reversed blades and ergonomic handles for optimum comfort, also available in 16cm and a variety of colours (RRP £4.49)
  • Shatter Resistant 30cm Ruler – graduations run from right to left for more efficient use (RRP £1.79)

Where can you buy left-handed stationery?

Maped Helix has a range of left-handed stationery available to buy from Amazon.

Win a Maped Helix left-handers stationery bundle

To celebrate International Lefthanders Day, we are lucky enough to have a Maped Helix left-handers stationery bundle to giveaway

Prize: Maped Helix left-handers stationery bundle

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Maped Helix Left-Handers Stationery Bundle
  • Nikki Hayes August 13, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    My husband is left-handed – although he does certain things with his right hand such as using a mouse as that was how he learned to do it. One of our friends’ grandchildren is left-handed so we’d be donating most of this prize to her if we are lucky enough to win it (husband called dibs on the left handed pen though) 😀

  • Tracy Nixon August 13, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    With very young children, a moulded pencil grip or triangular bodied pencils and pens can help a lot with initial writing skills, as can oversized pencils and pens.

  • Susie Wilkinson August 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I’m left-handed, and so is my brother and my Dad (and the dog, we think, he’s definitely left paw dominant!)! I didn’t have a problem with holding pens as a child, but did write in mirror writing! I’ve not tried any of the new left-handed stationary, but I’d say patience is definitely needed with a left-hander, we’re trying our best, but it presents challenges every day.

  • James Silcock August 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I am left handed. My tip would be to play sports with your dominant hand and foot.and don’t try to change.

  • iain maciver August 13, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    i,m left handed its not as bad as it was years ago being left handed

  • Solange August 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    My sister is left handed. We would position the paper correctly,slightly to the left of centre, and angled downwards. This makes it easier to see the nib of the pencil as they’re writing.

  • Margaret Gallagher August 13, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Two of the boys are – we make it the norm ! With the right writing / drawing pens -pencils they are excelling

  • Sally Collingwood August 14, 2019 at 6:30 am

    My hubby and grandson are both left handed!

  • Emma Walters August 14, 2019 at 7:54 am

    hubby and youngest son are left-handed. it def takes him longer to learn letter formation etc

  • Helen Best August 14, 2019 at 8:41 am

    My granddaughter has problems holding her pen she’s left handed so this would be great thank you xx

  • Fiona K August 14, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Not only am I left-handed but my niece is too

  • Sue McCarthy August 14, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity

  • hayley berry August 14, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I have 2 left handers. My 22yr old son and my 8yr old daughter. These would be fab for her as we’ve had to help her stop the common mirroring of 2/5 and b/d

  • lorraine kirk August 14, 2019 at 9:31 am

    My mum, myself and my son are all ‘keggy handed’ as my mum calls it! I used to have a left-handed fountain pen when I was at school which had a curved nib on it. My main problem is smudging my writing so I always go for a biro or fast drying ink pen now. I never thought of having a left-handed ruler but my son would probably love this.

  • Sebastien Parvy August 14, 2019 at 9:33 am

    That’s an excellent intiative. My son is left handed and this is affecting him a lot at school. He has trouble to write and not wipe his own scribbling with his own hand !
    We got him left handed scissors but new goodies and discoveries would be great. Thank you

  • Kathleen marsden August 14, 2019 at 9:36 am

    3members of our family are left handed and I know they find it really difficult to write with right handed pens so these would be very welcome.

  • LBo17 August 14, 2019 at 9:59 am

    My son is left handed and we think my youngest may be too. Both my husband and I are very right handed and so we find it a challenge but are learning the best ways to teach our sons.

  • Margaret Massey August 14, 2019 at 10:46 am

    My son would love this. It’s so hard for left handers in a right handed world, especially with his homework.

  • Debby Windley August 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Seems all the boys in our house are lefties… the girls are righties.. we reckon it’s genetic. Makes life difficult even doing every day things. This stationery is fantastic ! My husband remembered at school being forced to use his right…his school days were not happy times !

  • Georgina Jacobs August 14, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    My son is left handed and said he would find this very useful and would love to try thanks!

  • Nicola Cowdell-Murray August 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    My 5 year old is our only leftie and im really struggling to help her with her writing as i have no prior experience. Im checking out others replies looking for some tips

  • Pauline Hill August 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    do not try to make left hand writers into right handed writers it just does not happen years ago it was tried but now a days it is normal

  • kris mc August 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    yes my teen daughter, it can be a struggle for her

  • ADEINNE TONNER August 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I have two left handed people in my family and my tip is just patience

  • Sarah Lambert August 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Both my Grandma and Mum are left handers and by the looks of her my little girl writes she is going to be a leftie as well

  • Corinne Peat August 14, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I’m left handed and 3 out of my 4 children are also left handed. We try to use pens that don’t smudge to much as much as possible but it can be hard finding them.

  • Fiona jk42 August 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I am left-handed. When I was a child, not many concessions were made for left-handers. I was made to play racquet sports with my right hand and use scissors with my right hand and I still do many other things such as crochet right-handed as that’s how I was taught. I always got told off for messy handwriting as we wrote with pen and ink, so I frequently ended up smudging my work because of the way I wrote. The only useful thing is that I am partly ambi-dextrous because of this. I can write with my right hand, although my writing looks approximately like a 10 year old’s writing rather than an adult’s.

  • Lorraine Williams August 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    This would be great for my left-handed son, he always says at school everything is for right-handers!

  • Amy Bondoc August 14, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    im left handed, only one in my entire family though!

  • Karen hutchinson August 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    My son is a leftie and his writing is much neater than mine . Only tip is to not sit next to other lefties at school as they get in each other’s way .

  • Rebecca Duncan August 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    My eldest is left handed. It took him a little while to get the correct pen grip at school. Lots of patience from us and his teachers!

  • Anthony Harrington August 14, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    My little Grandson is left handed (so is his Dad) would be great to see if using left handed equipment made things easier.

  • Susan Smith August 14, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Would be great for my little Grandson, being left handed, doesnt seem to have to much trouble, but tries very hard to use his right hand more

  • Jodie Green August 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    My son, 12, is left handed – the only one of my 7 children to be. We have the usual issues with smudges, dirty hand from writing and scissors! We have recently bought some left handed scissors although he is able to cut with his right, he’s a lot neater now with his left and the correct scissors. Super bundle!

  • CarolG August 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I would have loved this as a child, my granddaughter is left-handed and thankfully things are better nowadays!

  • Julia Kerr August 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    We have a left hander, my top tips are encouragement and not trying to push them towards right handed early on when it’s obvious they are favouring the left (it can work but they will always be weaker with things they do like handwriting than if you had just left them to learn left handed) and making sure you get left handed scissors – it does make a difference

  • Rebecca Nisbet August 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    yup, i am, my stepdaughter is too and she is starting high school in September so this would be really handy for her!

  • cheryl hadfield August 15, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    my eldest daughter is left-handed, she takes her gcse exams this next year so this would be great to win

  • Rachel Butterworth August 15, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    No left handers in our family, that I know of.

  • holly harmsworth August 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    My daughter Mia is left handed. I don’t really have any tips or tricks

  • Sarah Clyde August 17, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Both my sons are left handed these would be great for them to use going back to school in September

  • Angela Sharp August 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    My 9 year old son is left handed, I always try to find left handed stationary for him, he mainly struggles with writing neatly in a book, I do believe my 2 year old son is going to be a lefty too!

  • Joanne Blunt August 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    My eldest son is left-handed. He manages quite well and doesn’t smudge as much of his work any more as he has learned to angle his book when he’s writing.

  • Ruth Harwood August 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Both myself and my son are left handed, as are my brother and 2 of his kids – both our parents are right-handed, so genetics has given our family something special – left handers are more creative according to research! This would be great for my son’s school life and me when i need to borrow!!

  • Judi August 19, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I am left handed and similar to other comments, there was little support as a child so its great to see all these new items available. I think a lot of lefties become ambidextrous because of the issues it can cause.

    I also think there would be a lot more left handed people in the world if children were given the opportunity to decide. Too often I have said to parents that their child may be left handed, only to be told not to be silly….

  • Troy Easton August 19, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Yes me and my top tips are to buy left handed scissors, then you have pear if you if them and buy other left hand stationary to help with doing work as the school might not have it.

  • Katie Skeoch August 19, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    My nephew is left handed, so is my mother. Smudged handwriting is a huge problem, but these special ergonomic pens are great

  • Mandy Doherty August 20, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    My dad, brother, son and grandson are left handed, these pens look great and would be so helpful

  • Rebecca Mercer August 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    My 2 youngest are left handed not sure how to help really some of these tips are helpful thanks everyone

  • Rich Tyler August 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I’m left handed, think my little boy is too.

  • Jazz Fulcher August 22, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I’m ambidextrous so it would be amazing to have a pen that works for my left hand as well as my right

  • Tracy Newton August 24, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    My husband is left handed, so he helps my son. Both of them have really bad handwriting.

  • LESLEY BRADLEY August 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I’m a left-hander, so are my sister and my mum – my rightie dad is the ‘cack-handed’ one in our family! I don’t have any useful tips I’m afraid! At secondary school, we had to write with old fashioned fountain pens and I remember it being a great struggle There were no such things as left-handed pens back in the 1980s!

  • christine shelley August 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    My great neice is ambidextrous ( shes 9 ) and I found out on holiday that sometimes when she writes with her left hand she gets criticised for her writing. So this set I feel sure would help her enormously especially with her homework

  • Julie Ward August 28, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    My grandson is left handed and really struggles, his writing is terrible

  • James Travis August 29, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Yes I’m left handed

  • jo bickley August 30, 2019 at 8:21 am

    My mum is left handed so whenever she showed me how to do something she always tried to use her right hand as I’m right handed!

  • lynn neal August 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

    My grandson Is left handed but he copes well most of the time but needs a bit longer!

  • lynn neal August 30, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    My grandson Is left handed but he copes well most of the time but needs a bit longer to complete his task!

  • Victoria Purdon August 31, 2019 at 10:35 am

    My sons left handed. This would help him out so much.

  • Liz Slade August 31, 2019 at 11:32 am

    My grandson is left handed, he uses it to his advantage when playing rugby!

  • Kelly Knowles August 31, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Out of my four children, three girls and one boy, our boy Peter is left handed, he’s only 4 so still getting our head round how he holds his pencil and first marks, he starts school next week, so this would be great x

  • janine atkin August 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    im left handed but no one else in our house is

  • NATALIE R August 31, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Would be perfect for my nephew

  • Alix Smith August 31, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Both my kids are left handed – my husband & I are not so we’re always looking for ways to help them out.

  • Danielle Graves August 31, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    My son is left handed, I have no advice but have read the comments with interest as he is six and really struggles

  • Hayley Colburn August 31, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    My son is left handed but he also has grip problems so he gets extra help at school and a scribe for his tests, he hasn’t tried left handed stationery but did find using chunkier pencils and a line spacer helpful

  • ZTech September 1, 2019 at 1:42 am

    This looks great.

  • Clare Hubbard September 1, 2019 at 8:02 am

    My youngest son is left handed, he starts school this year, he seems to cope well, scissors are a problem though!

  • Geri Gregg September 1, 2019 at 8:43 am

    My niece is left handed and copies fine, her handwriting is very neat

  • Emma Hussain September 1, 2019 at 8:53 am

    My 4 year old son is left handed, this would really help him

  • Lisa Hall September 1, 2019 at 9:01 am

    My daughter is left handed but has adapted by using her right hand to use a mouse as school didn’t change it for her

  • Carla Carthy September 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

    My daughter is left handed defiantly by left handed pens and scissors as it really helped my daughter 🙂

  • jane frampton September 1, 2019 at 11:00 am

    As its much more difficult to push a pen as a left hander rather than pull. I encourage to take more time writing to give a more controlled flow

  • emma kinsey September 1, 2019 at 11:01 am

    my middle daughter is left handed

  • Carolynn Woodland September 1, 2019 at 11:17 am

    I am left-handed myself and remember the problems I had whilst writing at school. We had to use fountain pens so instead of bending my wrist I tried to use blotting paper underneath it.

  • paula cheadle September 1, 2019 at 11:54 am

    2 of my granddaughter’s are left handed, the oldest one struggles sometimes this prize will help her

  • Samantha Mytton September 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    My family is full of left handers, my son, my dad, my husband….
    My son struggles with writing so we do lots of work on fine motor control, fun artwork and let him work at his own pace.

  • Kim Neville September 1, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I am left handed and two of my nephews too 🙂

  • Jeanette Leighton September 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    My daughter Sheriah 7 is left handed I think my dad is too

  • Christine Taylor September 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Yes, my 16 year old daughter but sadly I don’t have any tips for helping her x

  • Denise Walton September 1, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    My daughter is left handed and we think my granddaughter is too my daughter didn’t have any problems with it she adapted really well

  • Amanda Walsh September 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    50% of my children are left handed, I always tell them to take their time with their writing

  • Susan Willshee September 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Daisy is left handed. Luckily, so am I so I know the perils of trying to use right handed items. I let Daisy get ready for school by borrowing my left handed pencil sharpener. I bought it for myself years ago and haven’t been able to find another one for Daisy, so she is allowed to borrow mine….but not to keep it!

  • Sarah Gray September 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    My middle step son is a leftie – he’s grown up now. I am myself ambi dextrous so I was able to show him how to do things with his left hand. The hardest things are scissors – very difficult to master with the left, so I just showed him how to do some things with the other hand.

  • Ash R September 1, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Yes I’m a left hander and I think my son is too. My tips to him were to
    Make it known to his teachers so he can use the correct scissors etc! I never did and always made a mess of everything! X

  • ellie spider September 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    my mum and niece are both left handers – my niece struggles with writing smudging so she has to take longer and be more careful

  • Louise Fairweather September 1, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Middle man is left handed – I don’t have any tips!

  • Heli L September 1, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    My middle child is the only left handed person in the entire extended family. When he started writing, he found it hard not to smudge the writing. Luckily he persevered and now has beautiful hand writing. I think us right handed ones don’t really get the struggle but I suppose you just have to keep on going and never give up!

  • Tracey Hallmark September 1, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    My stepson is left handed he did struggle when he was younger but now has lovely hand writing we found patience was the key he found his way in his time

  • Amy Jo September 1, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    My Dad.

  • Angela L Paull September 1, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    My 8 year old son is a leftie

  • Georgie Wright September 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    We have a few family members that are left handed so they help each other. Support is the most important thing, as some were told to write differently at school and it hindered their progress and damaged their self esteem. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to happen now.

  • Rachel Craig January 20, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Left handed people seeking to be the minority, and in the past they were expected to try to do tasks with their right hand. Like some others have said, some of these people became ambidextrous ( degree varied in these individuals).

    Many people in the past who were left handed were psychologically / emotionally damaged by being coerced by authority figures (mainly teachers) to use their right hand.

    We have a left hander in the family, and I have come across others who are left handed. As they are likely to be taught by right handers :- Whether parent/ s or teacher, etc (just due to fact that the majority of people are right handed) tasks can take longer for them to master. I know of one individual who is left handed, and knits left handed. The only person I have seen doing this.

    Pleased to learn that there is an International Left Handers Day. Also that there are products specifically for left handers. Learning should be a positive experience. Gaining skills, and mastering tasks surely need to be acknowledged and celebrated. There is variety in life. Tasks can be completed in a variety of ways. Thankfully left handedness is more accepted / acceptable nowadays.

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