Encourage the Spirit of Adventure within your Little One! Discovering the History and Benefits of the Pikler Triangle.

Welcome to our blog post all about the wonderful world of Pikler Triangles - the versatile and eco-friendly toy that encourages the spirit of adventure in your little one! As eco-conscious parents, we understand the importance of sustainable and ethically produced toys, and Pikler Triangles fit the bill perfectly. In this post, we'll explore the history and benefits of Pikler Triangles in child development, helping you make an informed choice for your family.

What are Pikler Triangles?

Pikler Triangles are wooden climbing structures for children that originated from the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler, a Hungarian paediatrician and educator. These triangles are designed with sturdy wooden construction and adjustable configurations with various accessories, making them suitable for children of different ages. Their versatility allows children to explore their physical abilities and engage in open-ended play. 

The History of Piklers 

Dr. Pikler believed in providing children with a safe and stimulating environment to explore and develop at their own pace. She emphasised the importance of free movement and independent play in early childhood. The concept of Pikler Triangles aligns with her philosophy, promoting a sense of autonomy and self-discovery in children.

Benefits of Pikler Triangles in Child Development

Pikler Triangles offer numerous benefits for your child's development. Firstly, they enhance gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and strength as children climb, balance, and explore the different configurations. Secondly, these triangles encourage problem-solving and cognitive development through open-ended play, allowing children to find their own solutions and overcome challenges. Lastly, Pikler Triangles promote creativity, imagination, and social skills when children engage in cooperative play or incorporate the triangles into imaginative play setups (like dens, caves or shops!).

Eco-Friendly and Ethical Production

As eco-conscious parents, you'll be pleased to know that Pikler Triangles are eco-friendly and sustainably produced. They are often made from responsibly sourced wood and finished with non-toxic paints or natural finishes, ensuring the safety of your child and the environment. Many brands also follow ethical production practices, such as fair trade and supporting local artisans, making Pikler Triangles a conscious choice for your family. The Piklers which we stock at PuzzleBug are all made in Northern Ireland by a small family business called Sawdust & Rainbows. 

Choosing the Perfect Pikler Triangle

When selecting a Pikler Triangle, there are a few factors to consider. First, think about the size of the triangle and whether it will fit comfortably in your home. Stability is another crucial aspect; ensure the triangle is sturdy and well-constructed to support your child's weight safely. Lastly, check for safety features such as rounded edges and non-toxic finishes. Make sure it complies with all the necessary safety standards (UKCA / CE). 

Our Sawdust & Rainbows Piklers are available in 3 different sizes. There’s a standard size Wee’UN, a Compact size Wee’UN (which folds down smaller for easier storage) and a Little’Un - for smaller spaces and teenier tots (we’ve even seen some customers take these on hols with them in their campervans!).  

We also have a Climbing Hump for the next step in gross motor development. It’s an arched climbing frame which requires greater stability and gross motor skills to navigate. It still provides the same open-ended fun too by being easily incorporated into games and imaginative play. Plus, both the Piklers and the Humps can fit accessories like Slides and Ladders to extend the fun even further. 

Researching reputable brands or handmade options that align with your eco-friendly values is essential. Reading reviews and seeking recommendations from other eco-conscious parents can also help you make an informed decision. We were very careful to choose the very best quality when we picked Sawdust & Rainbows to work with, so you know that your child is using a safe, excellent quality, expertly made frame which will last for years and years. 

So, what’s the verdict? 

Pikler Triangles offer a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore, develop, and have fun while being mindful of the environment. From the history and benefits to the eco-friendly and ethical production practices, these toys tick all the boxes for eco-conscious parents. We encourage you to explore the options available and choose a Pikler Triangle that supports your child's development and the world they will inherit.

Remember, each adventure starts with a single step, or in this case, a climb up a Pikler Triangle. Let your little one's imagination soar as they embark on endless explorations with this eco-friendly toy.

And in even better news…

We’ve got a 40% off sale on all our Piklers as part of our closing down event. There’s limited stock left so don’t hang around if you’d like to grab one of these gorgeous Triangles for a one-off price! Plus you get free UK delivery. 

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