Why Do I Need a Pikler Triangle And What The Heck Is it?
When you first see this large wooden Pikler Triangle, you might not know what it is. A large wooden triangle with rungs on the sides, and sort of hand made looking. Sometimes rainbow ramps and climbing walls are attached. A jungle gym for indoors?
Or maybe you have a Montessori baby and you know exactly what it is- but is it worth the price?
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The Pikler Triangle is the triangle piece Camille is climbing on – the ramps and bridge are extra pieces we have collected over time.
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 empowering children to safely explore what their body is capable of independently of 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 based on observations of Dr. Pikler, who believed in respectful child rearing, free movement and independent learning through play.
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My baby is already a climber and it scares me. Why would I want to encourage that more?
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).
Camille, in the photo below, is 3. years old.
But Is The Pikler Triangle Even Safe?
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 will stay close… but don’t hover!
Letting your child explore on their own terms in your presence is a completely different concept from unsupervised play. The Pikler Triangle goes in a communal area where you close by.
It doesn’t go in children’s rooms. Your Piker should sit on a mat or a soft surface, with nothing hard or sharp edges near by. Aside from that, your job is to just watch, helping them down or reassuring only as needed.
But that’s the point. They get to let you know when they are ready to climb, or when they are uncomfortable! And get ready- the first moment they figure out how to climb to the top is a big “I did it” moment. My babies always laughed at the top the first few times. Out of sheer joy, and amazement at their own ability.
Our Pikler has a “stop” that you screw in that stops the triangle from folding up when your child is playing on it. It was not cheap, but I am SO glad I went with this company because I never worry about the rings breaking or splintering. Their reviews were what gave me the confidence to order.
Shop My Pikler Triangle Sets
Wiwiurka’s shop came highly recommended from a friend years ago, who initially got me into the Pikler. We have been so pleased with the quality and the construction of the materials- and how bright and colorful their sets are. You know you love a business when you come back for more instead of looking elsewhere.
No rough edges or anything rustic like that. No damage has been done over time, they still look like new. This is a well made, professional set. I especially appreciate the safety stop on the triangle!
Their shop has everything sorted into collections of ages- making it easy to find the right sizes.
What age is the Pikler Triangle best for?
This toy is best for children ages 6 months to 6 years. I recommend starting as early as possible. Older children can (and will) play on it in different ways. It is versatile – not a toy you spend a lot of money on that your children outgrow in a season.
Our Wiwiurka and How We Use It Now That Our Kids Are Older
The Pikler Triangles is made in various sizes. We now have the XL size since my youngest children are 3 and 5 at this point. If you have a new baby, I recommend getting a smaller size.
We have a few of the cool accessories that have kept my older children’s interest. We have two double sided ramps – one has a rock wall on one side, and when you turn it over it is a slide! The climbing arch is a favorite of the older ones. You could say we’re committed! All of these are from Wiwiurka shop.
But What About A Pikler Triangle DIY?
Yes, it is costly to go out and buy a Pikler, that fact can not be argued. Esepcially one made of high quality materials that is safe. If you are looking for a good Pikler Triangle DIY instructions, please don’t look at me. I’m not too handy with the toolbox and I don’t have the patience!
My favorite Pikler Triangle DIY instructions comes from The Charleston Crafted blog. She has PDF woodworking printable plans with a detailed tutorial on her blog on how to build a foldable Pikler Triangle with a climbing wall. Head on over to her post if that is your thing!
So let’s sum up why we are so obsessed with our Pikler Triangle:
1. Although my kids are on the older end now, this was an invaluable tool when they are small. As your babe is learning to pull up, crawl, and climb, the Pikler Triangle encourages gross motor skills, balance, grip strength, and more physical challenges
2. “Conquering” the Pikler Triangle gave my babes confidence that we couldn’t teach them. They beamed with pride and tiny baby confidence at the top, because they did something hard on their own!
3. We LOVE imaginative toys that don’t have batteries, sounds, or screens! This toy encourages active imagination. As your children age, the Pikler (and some of the cool accessories) foster their developing imagination in ways a battery-operated toy doesn’t.
4. Ours folds up and could slide under or behind furniture. When shopping for yours, make sure you not only find a high quality Pikler that is safe, but one that can fold up. Or, if you decide to go with the Pikler Triangle, DIY, make sure you build one that folds up!
5. The Pikler triangle has grown with my kids. Until my youngest is 6 or 7, we will be playing with the Pikler often.
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I hope explaining our experience with the Pikler Triangle helped you. We have been very happy and feel safe with our Pikler Triangle.