I've been doing a lot of research on the best toys for children. What would keep them entertained and help them grow (other than me!)?
In best selling book “How to Parent", Fitzhugh Dodson describes what toys are best for each age and he reveals that if he could 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 is very similar. Her approach is based on a respectful relationship between the adult and infant. Her method emphasizes love, 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 their own pace exploring his world.
The Pikler Triangle allows children to explore their body, learn their own boundaries, and it responds to their climbing needs. It also helps develop gross motor skills, physical strength and agility, encouraging free movement and free play.
The Pikler is perfect and much safer for young children, compared to most playground equipment that's generally developed for older children.
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, also 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 love it! We’ve had hours of fun and it really responds to their need of ninja-ing when it is pouring rain. - Want one? FIND IT HERE! -