I have been doing excessive research on the best toys for children. What would keep them entertained and help them grow (other than "mom"!)? In best seller “How to Parent" Fitzhugh Dodson describes what toys correspond to what age and reveals that if he had to chose only ONE TOY he would go for this indoor climbing frame and a sliding board called “The Pikler Triangle”.
I was quite intrigued. So I did my research.
Emmi Pikler was a Hungarian Doctor. She is not as famous as Maria Montessori but her work has a lot of similitude. Her approach is based on a respectful and kind relationship between an adult and infant. Her method empathizes tender care moments, naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play.
Pikler and Emma Gerber, who invented the climbing triangle, were convinced that the child learns better at his own pace exploring his world.
The Pikler Triangle would allow them to explore their body, learn their own boundaries and respond to their climbing needs. It helps develop gross motor skills, physical strength and agility, encouraging free movement and free play.
All of this without freaking their parent out! (Way safer than monkey bars and other super high structure full of big kids in the park!).
Babies, as young as 6 months, can pull to stand using the rungs. Children, as old as 5 or 6, can climb to the topmost point, continuing to learn new skills and develop their proprioceptive control in a creative way. The Pikler Triangle, most importantly, fosters a sense of imagination.
What started as a climbing frame will become a castle, a tree house, a tepee, a slide, a jumping podium, a hiding spot, and so on. Something new for every day!
My 3 and 5 year old’s just loved it! We’ve had hours of fun and it really responds to their need of ninja-ing even when it is pouring rain.