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Toys for left handed kids?

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 8:35 AM
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My husband and I want to get our 3 year old son a learning toy. To be more specific, something that teaches ABC's. We saw a toy at walmart, but its more for right handed kids. Do you have any ideas? Here is a picture of the toy we saw.

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KyliesMom5
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 8:44 AM

 unfortunately left handed anything is hard to find.  Typically with these toys left hand kids can still use them with their left hand. 

MidnightSun327
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:01 AM

I have the same problem as you do, my son is a lefty and it is so hard to find learning toys for him.... One thing I really liked was the V Smile system. The controller has a button on the back that can allow you to switch the side the joy stick is on to make it more comfortable for both righties and lefties. Plus, when younger brothers and sisters want to play or cousins or friends, the controller can just be switched. Plus there are tons of games!
Also, the hand helds like the Leapster my son founf very comfortable to use. The stylus pen is on a string in the middle and can be used by all. Plus the game that comes pre-installed with the Leapster has an ABC learning game and a paintbrush style game.
Good luck!


auroragold
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:13 AM

 It is a challenge isn't it? And it doesn't get much easier as they get older.

VSmile used to make a little laptop that was programmed with various levels of learning games. No mouse involved so you don't have to worry about handidness.  You might have to do a websearch to see if it still exists.

As Mom to a lefty I came to hate jack in the boxes, hand can openers and notebooks!

SpencersMommie
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Speaking as a left handed person, who isn't very coordinated, I can mouse really well with my right hand and then write with my left hand so I multitask better.  I know it might be more difficult for a child to do that but it isn't a bad thing to "strengthen" the coordination of the right hand kwim?

If I am not mistaken that one has to be hooked up to a computer, Leap Frog has one that can be hooked up to a TV.  I want to say that you could move the mouse pad to the left side ( but sadly I cannot remember sorry)  I would highly recommend the Leap Frog word launch game that hooks up to the tv.  It teaches 3 letter words and silent E etc.  Between that game and the Leap Frog letter factory DVD, he learned more in one viewing than I could teach him over months.  (MOM stop SINGING!!!)   ( I wish I could get Leap Frog to pay me for recommending their products, I would make a fortune)

I tried to find the items on  Kmart's site but didn't see them :(

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10975737  if you allow tv watching

http://www.target.com/LeapFrog-Leapfrog-Word-Launch/dp/B000NRRXQY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&frombrowse=0&node=1038576&keywords=word%20launch&field_browse=1038576&searchSize=30&id=LeapFrog%20Leapfrog%20Word%20Launch&field_availability=-2&refinementHistory=subjectbin%2Ctarget_com_age%2Ctarget_com_gender-bin%2Ctarget_com_character-bin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchNodeID=1038576&field_launch-date=-1y&searchRank=target104545&searchPage=1&field_keywords=word%20launch

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2650922

MuddyHuggies
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Both of my kids are left handed. I bought the V Smile system for them not knowing the controllers could turn for either hand to use. It was my youngest that figured it out. For 2 weeks my kids just played V Smile with the controller up side down. lol It's very hard to find left handed thing.


KRISTAL_WILDER
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The vsmile gameing system is set up so you can change the controller around for left handed kids. It has lots of learning games and you can get one with games used on ebay for $20

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KRISTAL_WILDER
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM

lol i replied before i seen your reply

Quoting MuddyHuggies:

Both of my kids are left handed. I bought the V Smile system for them not knowing the controllers could turn for either hand to use. It was my youngest that figured it out. For 2 weeks my kids just played V Smile with the controller up side down. lol It's very hard to find left handed thing.


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Davids_Wife1307
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Thank you all! 

cheergurl84
by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:36 PM

I'm left handed, my husband is left handed, and our son is left handed.  We've never needed special toys due to this.  I actually have never thought of buying this way before for us it's never been an issue (and this also goes for my uncle, a couple cousins, and father).

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