From the experts at Studio Belize® - Design Studio for Children's Products:
Looking for toddler toys that are fun, keep your toddler meaningfully occupied, and develop your child's skills? A climbing tri angle might be the perfect solution. Let's get to know the climbing triangle together and decide for yourself if this wooden activity toy is a good fit for you. Learn everything you need to know about the Climbing Triangle - from its beginnings, to important facts about the product, to its nurturing effect. Have fun reading!
- The origin of the climbing triangle Pikler style
- What is a climbing triangle according to Pikler?
- The right height of the pikler triangle
- Versatile play possibilities
- What you should consider when buying a pikler triangle
- The philosophy of open play
- Safety aspects
- Cleaning and maintenance of a pikler triangle
- Where can I buy a pikler triangle?
- Pikler triangle vs. climbing arch
What to consider when buying a pikler triangle?
1. The origin of the climbing triangle Pikler type
The educational climbing triangle was invented by the Austro-Hungarian physician Emmi Pikler in the early 20th century. She realized that a climbing triangle as a toy in infancy helps to develop gross motor skills, creativity and self-confidence.
2. What is a climbing triangle according to Pikler?
A climbing triangle, also known as a Pikler Triangle, is an educational climbing device made of wood, in the shape of a triangle. It resembles a rung ladder and playfully promotes the development of gross motor skills as well as dexterity, strength and coordination. A climbing triangle is suitable for children aged between 8 months and preschool age.
Especially popular is the Climbing triangle with slide board. It offers even more fun and incentive to climb. The slide board is for older children to slide, while toddlers and babies often use the chicken ladder to crawl up.
3. The right height of the climbing triangle
When choosing the height of the Climbing Triangle safety is important. A low climbing triangle (about 60 cm) is ideal for babies and toddlers. Many climbing triangles are no higher than 75 cm, although models up to a height of 90 cm are very popular. The latter are suitable for children aged between 8 months and 7 years, and thus have a particularly long playing time.
4. Versatile play options
From pulling yourself up as a baby, climbing, sliding, crawling as a toddler to building dens and playing hide and seek - the climbing triangle offers countless play possibilities. Combined with the slide and chicken ladder, the climbing triangle offers even more play and climbing opportunities.
5. What you should consider when buying a pikler triangle
When buying a climbing triangle with slide, pay attention to the following points:
The material: woods like birch and beech are good options. In addition, the wood should be untreated to avoid exposure to pollutants, chemical paints or varnishes
Folding function: the folding function should be practical and safe. So you can easily transport the climbing triangle or store it in the living area or basement. With a foldable climbing triangle, "child safety locks", actually folding locks, should definitely be included. They prevent unintentional folding during play.
Durability: the rungs should be screwed and not glued. This is much more robust and prevents the rungs from breaking out. Only if the climbing triangle lasts a long time, your children can make maximum use of the playtime
Distance between the rungs: For safety reasons, the distance between the rungs should be approx. 12.5 cm.
Pikler Triangle with Slide
6. The philosophy of open play
The philosophy of open play is about allowing children to freely express their imagination and creativity. In keeping with this philosophy, children incorporate the climbing triangle into their play ideas and use it for imaginative role play in addition to climbing.
7. Safety aspects
Safety comes first when it comes to playground equipment for children. When buying a climbing triangle, you should make sure that it meets safety standards. The triangle should be sturdy and have a maximum load limit that is well above your child's weight. Make sure the triangle has no sharp edges or splintery surfaces, and that all screws and connections are secure and tight. The distance between the rungs should be 12.5 cm, according to the Pikler Society of Berlin, so that toddlers can't get their heads stuck.
In addition, the triangle should always be placed on a level surface. Never let your child play with a climbing triangle unsupervised and remove any pointed or sharp edges from the play area. A crawling mat or play mat provides additional protection and a soft surface.
8. Cleaning and care of a pikler triangle
Wood is a natural material that must be properly cared for to ensure its longevity. Clean the climbing triangle regularly with a damp cloth, possibly with a mild soap solution. Avoid aggressive cleaners that could damage the wood.
To care for the wood, you can use a special wood care oil suitable for toys. This will help protect the wood and preserve its natural beauty.
9. Where can I buy a pikler triangle?
The best place to buy climbing triangles is online. Compare products and prices and choose the one you like best. In online stores like Studio Belize you can find all the details and info. Climbing triangles and climbing triangles with slide can be not only bought there, but also rented.
10. Pikler triangle vs. climbing arch
Although both playground equipment promote climbing, they differ in terms of difficulty. The climbing triangle is much easier to cross and requires less climbing experience than a climbing arch. Crossing a climbing arch also requires much more strength and body tension, as it is crossed horizontally "in an arc."
A pikler triangle with slide is a valuable educational toy that helps children develop their motor skills and creativity. It can be used for many years, is safe, versatile and is wonderful for siblings. It provides children with fun and endless opportunities to play and learn.