What is the difference between a Pikler Triangle and a PomPom Climbing Triangle?
A Pikler Triangle is a trademark design created by Dr. Emmi Pikler, a Hungarian Paediatrician, in the 1930’s. Pikler’s writing, understanding and observations inspired and encouraged the free movement and play of children all over the world.
The PomPom climbing triangle is inspired by Dr. Pikler, the design has been tweaked to include adjustable heights and a slide/ramp. It is also foldable, making it easier for modern day families to store away in small spaces.
Is a Climbing Triangle Safe?
The climbing triangle has been designed to allow your child the freedom of movement to play independently. This does not mean unsupervised but it is designed so children will safely use it to gain confidence in their own abilities. This is the exciting part; you want your kids to be physically self-aware – understand their bodies and themselves – and the triangle will help them do this.
Care givers are encouraged to stay close, observe, watch and reassure if needed, so children are able to safely explore their own physical limits.
At what age will kids start to use the 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.
From a clubhouse to a secret den, from a garage to a stable, from a catwalk to a doll’s clothes rack – the possibilities are endless, limited only by the imagination!
See our blog post on 10 best uses of a Climbing Triangle.
How do you use a climbing 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 do my kids need to climb?
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.
Do you have a climbing triangle? Should I get one?
Me? Cecily Henderson, Co-Founder of PomPom? Yes, we have one. I bought it for my son’s 1st birthday and never looked back. He plays on it every single day. I love watching him on it and how it has become such a staple in his play. It has encouraged him to play independently and creatively. He is now 2.5 years old. It is currently a garage for his favourite London buses and stable for farm animals.
It was the best investment I made after our home! At last I found a toy that outlives the pram and is not ignored after a few months!.
However, please don’t just take my word for it, this is what some of our customers say.
What do your customers think of it ?
5 Stars – Sophie Speigler
Beautifully made, fun toy. My little one loves her triangle. It’s versatile, high quality and great for her development. It’s a high ticket item … with very active full of energy toddler I decided to make the investment and it has paid off. She gets to use her mind for imagination (can be used for all sorts of things) and she gets to use her body.
5 Stars – Alex H.
Brilliant - my daughter is obsessed! Head first down the slide every time! She plays for HOURS!
5 Stars - Michaela Craig
I came across this little gem of a shop online whilst searching for a Pikler style climbing triangle for my little boy who is 20 months. Loved this company’s ethos about environment and sustainability and plastic free! My climbing triangle arrived really quickly and was absolutely perfect. 5 star service from beginning to end. Well done PomPom!
5 Stars – Emma Rawson.
We love it! Due to the price I had been toying with the idea of buying one or not. I’m so glad I decided to get it for my 9month old daughter. It’s really encouraging and aiding her to stand and move around at her own pace. She’s using it a little more each day and it’s great to see her have so much fun with it so soon! Would most definitely recommend if you’re unsure.