A common toy and a left handed child

I’m left-handed, I was playing with my daughters – both right-handed – and I’ve observed that many toys, even symmetrical ones like hammers, are designed for right-handed people. The right hand preference is sometime functional (buttons, levers) and sometimes aesthetic (stickers, screw holes).

With the collaboration of their tiny hands I’ve compiled a brief visual list of differences. What’s the point of it? Just to show my daughters how being a little different from the modal value can change the experience of the world, hoping that this information from a “toy” scenario (pun intended) will help them in the future to better perceive the point of view of people who for various reason are different from them.

Modal? Probably you would have expected to read normal, which mathematically speaking is almost correct. But modal is more appropriate – meaning the most frequent value – and also it does not carry the harmful misconception that “normal means correct”, when normal is only intended to mean “around the average/most frequently expected”.

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