what is a pikler triangle

What is a Pikler Triangle?

Mar 3, 2021 | General | 0 comments

What is a Pikler Triangle?

Junior Ligneus Play Pikler Triangle Pastel RainbowTo put it simply a Pikler triangle is a climbing structure, an indoor climbing frame. It is generally focused on the upbringing of children offering both an educational and fun activity. It is often misspelt as “Pickler” or “Picklar” and is referred to as a climber or climbing triangle. It was developed by Hungarian pediatrician, Dr Emmi Pikler, over 100 years ago.

What is the Pikler Approach?

Dr. Pikler developed a unique child-raising approach. It was based on a kind and respectful relationship between parent and child. It achieved this through naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play. Dr. Pikler believed in the child’s inherent ability to guide their own development.

This is where the Pikler’s triangle comes into play. The Pikler triangle is a climbing structure that children learn to navigate at their own natural pace. The Pikler triangle allows children to explore their body and learn their own boundaries. It also helps develop gross motor skills, physical strength and agility.

What age is a Pikler Triangle for?

Around 6 months of age, babies can use the rungs of the Pikler triangle to pull up and stand. As they develop, children begin exploring the structure by climbing part way up. Older children (around 4-5 years of age) will have really got to grips with the Pikler triangle. They are able to climb all the way to the top, climb over and down the other side.

Generally the Pikler triangle is recommended from 6 months to 5 years however we believe it can be useful well in excess this age range. For example, newborns can lie under the Pikler triangle with toys hanging from the rungs. Older children will likely find creative uses for the Pikler triangle, such as forts, puppet shows, or other open-ended play. The Ligneus PLAY Pikler inspired range has a wide number of accessories broadening this age bracket even further. There are even accessories for parents to use as stand up desks.

How do you use a Pikler Triangle?

The Pikler triangle has limitless indoor play uses when left up to a child’s imagination. There are so many ways a child can play with the Pikler Triangle, one is only really limited by imagination. The Ligneus PLAY Pikler Inspired range offers a modular approach broadening its scope.

Accessories for a Pikler Triangle

As already mentioned there are many accessories for your Pikler triangle that expand its use and enhance play even further. A couple of these include a ladder and a climb n slide. As with most of the range the different accessories come in either Nursery or Junior sizes. They fix easily to the triangles and arches allowing you to create your very own assault course.

Thea drawing at Junior Pikler Desk Set Gretton Grey
Ligneus Pikler Climbing Triangle Range with Alice and Robin
Thea and Alice rocking on arch
Alice & Thea at the desk

Is a Pikler Triangle Montessori?

The Pikler triangle is often found in Montessori-inspired classrooms and homes but is not pure Montessori.

The Pikler Triangle does, however ,fit perfectly to the Montessori philosophy. Part of natural gross motor development means allowing children to develop their skills at their own natural pace.

What to look for in a Pikler Triangle

Age appropriateness and sizing

You should always be guided by your child’s own developmental stage. Ligneus PLAY offers two sizes to accommodate a broad range of ages. Combine this with a plethora of add-ons and you can fine choose your selection to most appropriate age bracket for your child.

Foldability

With space often at a premium having a triangle that can easily fold away and be stored is a must. Our triangles have quick release handles that allow this within seconds.

Add ons

We have many optional extras that can be added to the Pikler triangle. From slides, ladders and arches to desk boards and easels they all help extend play and function as children grow.

Weight limit

Our Pikler triangles have been tested in excess of 100kg. They can easily accommodate at least 2 toddlers at any one time.

Indoor/outdoor use

Our Pikler triangles have been design for indoor use however with appropriate consideration can be used outside. Essentially on a fine summers day they can be used in the garden but do ensure they are kept clean and avoid leaving them in the rain.

working from home

Can Adults use a Pikler Triangle?

Indeed yes! We have a number of extensions that allow for even greater use.

Through lockdown we have seen a rise in working from home, a rise that is likely to have far reaching effects. As we realise how easy business can conducted from home with Mummy and Daddy daycare.

What to look for in a Pikler Triangle

Age appropriateness and sizing

You should always be guided by your child’s own developmental stage. Ligneus PLAY offers two sizes to accommodate a broad range of ages. Combine this with a plethora of add-ons and you can fine choose your selection to most appropriate age bracket for your child.

Foldability

With space often at a premium having a triangle that can easily fold away and be stored is a must. Our triangles have quick release handles that allow this within seconds.

Add ons

We have many optional extras that can be added to the Pikler triangle. From slides, ladders and arches to desk boards and easels they all help extend play and function as children grow.

Weight limit

Our Pikler triangles have been tested in excess of 100kg. They can easily accommodate at least 2 toddlers at any one time.

Indoor/outdoor use

Our Pikler triangles have been design for indoor use however with appropriate consideration can be used outside. Essentially on a fine summers day they can be used in the garden but do ensure they are kept clean and avoid leaving them in the rain.

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