When you first see this large wooden Pikler Triangle, you might not know what it is. A large wooden construction with rungs on the sides and a slide?
Or maybe you follow Montessori concept and you know exactly what it is, but wondering if it’s worth the price?
Pikler 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.
Most probably you are wondering- my Baby is already a climber and it’s scary, why would I want to encourage this?
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.
The Pikler also supports concentration, independence and even grip strength which is needed at school.
Another question that most probably just crosses your mind- is the Pikler 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 with you nearby.
It doesn’t go in children’s rooms. Your Pikler should sit on a mat or a soft surface, with nothing hard or sharp edges nearby. 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. Our Baby got a Pikler when she was 11 months and loved it from the very beginning. The first time she managed to climb all the way up, she just laughed at the top. Out of sheer joy, and amazement at her own ability.
Our Pikler Triangle at Lela Land has a “stop” that you screw in that stops the triangle from folding up when your child is playing on it. Then you just unscrew it and can fold for storage. No rough edges or anything rustic. This is a well-made, professional set. Natural wood, eco-friendly, handmade, production: Poland. Available at our shop, with free local delivery!
Lela Land Team