But how do you make the area around a Pikler Tri angle as safe as possible? This is often more challenging than one might think at first.
Why play mat?
The main principles for securing the environment around a Pikler Triangle are:
- No sharp edges or pointed corners around the Pikler Triangle.
- Soft ground around the Pikler Tri angle as fall protection
- Children should play with the Pikler Triangle only under adult supervision
Mats serve not only as fall protection, but also as anti-slip surface on bare floors such as parquet or tiles - they prevent the Pikler Triangle from slipping
When parents follow these principles, it increases the safety of young children when playing with the Pikler Triangle enormously.
For the fall protection around the climbing triangle with slide it is worthwhile to purchase the right mats. Parents can choose between different mats, which differ in material and thickness.
For fall protection around the Pikler triangle, parents can choose from the following types of mats:
- Fall protection mats
- Soft floor mats
- Gymnastic & play mats
Fall protection matting, from 8 cm thick, is mostly used in environments where a very high level of safety is required and where falls or falls from great heights are expected. This is the case, for example, in daycare centers, climbing rooms or even toilets in kindergartens. Often these fall protection mats are also used in gymnasiums. A standard size here is 200x100cm. For home use, the fall protection mats are rather not suitable.
The soft floor mats (5-6 cm thickness) provides fall protection from low heights and is therefore often used in conjunction with climbing equipment and indoor climbing frames in kindergartens, tobero rooms and also rarely at home. There are models that fold up very nicely. However, they are quite large for home use.
Gymnastic & play mats (1-2 cm thickness) are very often chosen for home use. They are easy to store but do not serve as fall protection for large indoor climbing frames. For small climbing triangles with a height of approx. 60 cm, however, these mats are certainly used. However, when used for large Pikler triangleswith a height of 80 cm - 1 m, these mats do not provide enough fall protection. There are gymnastics & play mats that can be rolled out or pinned like puzzle pieces.
When using climbing triangles with slide
you should provide a safe environment. Fall protection by mats
is essential when using Pikler triangles
and serves not only as fall protection
but also as an anti-slip surface. Basically, you should always consider the possible fall height and choose a suitable mat thickness accordingly. The rule is: the thicker the mat, the safer it is. Gymnastic & play mats are used for small Pikler triangles. For large Pikler triangles
, use mats
that have a higher fall protection.