“What on earth is that?” we hear you shout. Great looking, get us one, but what is it?! You had so many questions about climbing triangles in UK, we decided to sit down and answer them all for you!
In this blog post we will explore the history of the Climbing Triangle, Dr. Emmi Pikler's child philosophies and indeed, answer the question, which is the best Pikler climbing frame in the U.K. to buy!
What is a Pikler Triangle?
It is a triangular shaped, indoor climbing frame developed by a Hungarian Paediatrician, Dr. Emmi Pikler.
It is a genius design; a fixed shape triangle with the perfect design proportions to allow young children to pull themselves up.
It keeps toddlers active and curious while they learn how to climb safely. In time it becomes a centrepiece of imaginary play.
The structure is designed to give children the opportunity to learn how their bodies can move in different ways. It can be used from birth and enjoyed until children are 4 or 5.
Who is Dr. Emmi Pikler?
Dr. Emmi Pikler (1902-1984) was a paediatrician who was working in Budapest, Hungary.
Pikler is much less well known than her counterparts, Montessori or Steiner but her principles can be found in these pedagogical philosophies.
However, her work is increasingly becoming known in the U.K. due to parental interest in the Pikler Triangle.
Dr. Pikler developed a new theory on child development in 1940's while she was overseeing the well being of children in an orphanage.
She maintained that all children have the right to be respected by their adult carers. This was underscored by the belief that young children should have the freedom of movement to move freely, develop at their own pace and celebrated as such.
What does a Pikler Triangle do?
It allows kids to climb, jump and slide. It also sparks children's imagination. As children develop, they will interpret the frame in many different ways and not just to climb, jump and slide!
How to use a Pikler Triangle?
Only adults ever ask this question! These are our 10 best ways to use the climbing triangle and slide:
1) As a Pikler climbing frame!
2) A crawl tunnel
3) A drying rack for doll clothes
4) A cosy nest for reading
5) A tent or bear cave - throw a rug over it
6) A car racing track
7) A step ladder for high shelves
8) A pirate ship and gang plank
9) A teddy bear’s catwalk
10) A garage for favourite cars and buses
Are Pikler Triangles Safe?
In a short answer, yes. However, children are safest when they are observed closely but without adult physical intervention.
Usually children will only climb as high as they feel safe and comfortable. If an adult intervenes, then often a child will reach heights they would not be physically capable of reaching on their own, and will more likely get 'stuck.'
Trust in your child to enjoy the triangle at their own speed, and delight in what they CAN do!
‘Essentially Pikler’s answer was that what the infant is capable of doing at a particular time is the perfect thing for him to be doing.’’ Swann
As children grow in confidence in their own abilities, they will become physically self-aware. This is the exciting part, they will learn to understand their bodies and themselves – and the triangle will help them do this.
Our climbing triangles are 59.8cms high and all child tested, which means an independent testing centre has deemed that they are safe for play.
What are the benefits of a Pikler Triangle?
A kids climbing frame and slide not only encourages children to climb, slide, jump and move but is also helps develop gross motor skills, which support balance, creativity, co-ordination and grip strength.
Gross motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles, such as climbing.
Fine Motor Skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists, such as gripping the rungs of a ladder. This will help with grip strength for pencils, pens and spoons, forks, knives.
Why does my toddler climb on me?
A fabulous question! This needs more than just a paragraph, so we have dedicated an entire blog post to answer this. Climbing is wonderful for kids mental and physical health.
What age is good for a Pikler Triangle?
Children as young as 6 months will use the kids climbing frame to pull on and hold and with time, slowly use it to stand and move. What is more important than age, is the developmental stage your child has reached and when they are ready to start using and exploring.
The triangle will remain in constant use until the child is 5 or 6 years old, as they will interpret it very differently. It is an open-ended toy that inspires creativity, imagination and independent play.
Which is the best Pikler Triangle UK?
We think the PomPom Climbing Triangle of course! We know it is so hard to decide which one to buy.
We were so inspired by Dr. Pikler, we wanted to create a version to suit modern life.
- It needed to be foldable to suit small living spaces.
- We added 3 adjustable heights so it would grow with the child.
- We designed a reversible Pikler Climbing Slide and ramp to enhance play
It is the world's first (and only) climbing triangle with 3 adjustable heights and has become an overnight bestseller!
It won the 2021 "Best Toy 0-2" Award in the Junior Magazine Design Awards. Now that is an accolade!