“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, we decided to sit down and answer them all for you!
What is a Pikler Triangle?
It is an indoor climbing frame developed by a Hungarian Paediatrician, Dr. Emmi Pikler, in the 1930's. Pikler developed a new theory on child development, based on theory that children should be allowed to move freely and develop at his or her own pace.
It gives children the opportunity to learn how their bodies can move (and climb) and so the Pikler Triangle was created. It can be used from birth and enjoyed until children are 4 or 5.
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 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.
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 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 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.
What is the difference between a Pikler Triangle and the PomPom Climbing Triangle?
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 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!