Climbing Toy: Pikler Triangle
Encourage free movement and independent play with this handmade Pikler's Triangle! Plus: this one folds for easy storage out of the way!
What is a Pikler Triangle?
It is a sturdy indoor climbing structure that encourages little ones (ages 6 months to 6 years) to practice gross motor development skills and physical challenges at their own pace. Babies begin by pulling up on the rungs as they learn to stand, and can slowly teach themselves to climb up and over. The idea behind the Pikler is that it empowers children to safely explore what their body is capable of, independently from their parents; encouraging curiosity and self confidence in their own physical abilities!
The Pikler Triangle is associated with the Montessori method for learning, but it is actually based on observations of Dr. Emmi Pikler. Dr. Pikler believed in respectful child rearing and free movement and independent learning through play for young ones.
My baby is already a climber and it's terrifying... Why would I encourage that?
Contrary to popular belief, playing on the Pikler won’t encourage your tot to start climbing up walls. But you want your child to have physical self awareness! You want them to have better balance for their own safety, as well as awareness of their own boundaries and limits.
This is not just about the physical though- the Pikler also supports concentration, independence and even grip strength which is needed in school. (Grip strength is important development for many reasons- holding silverware so they can feed themselves, coloring and one day- for holding a pencil correctly when they learn to write their first letters).
It will surprise you how soon an infant will want to play with the Pikler Triangle. As babies are pulling up on things around them, they are ready. They will experiment, tentatively at first, until figuring out how to pull themselves onto the first rung. You should stay close… but don’t hover!
Adult supervision required!
Letting your child explore on their own terms in your presence is a completely different concept from unsupervised play. The Pikler Triangle should go in a communal area where you are close by. Not in children’s rooms or area's where you can't keep an eye out. Your Pikler should sit on a mat or a soft surface, with no sharp edges or hard surfaces close by. Aside from that, your job is to just watch, helping them down or reassuring only as needed.
This Pikler Triangle was handmade by Marbel and Oscar, and was inspired by their daughter Penelope. You may have seen this sweet family around at one of our Mama Meetups or Family Happy Hours!
This product is made to order, and will take 1-2 weeks to be ready. Once you place your order, we'll keep you posted!