Promotes Gross Motor Skills
When you think of many of the milestones in your child’s life, most of them are related to gross motor skills. These large motion skills give kids the know-how to sit up, take their first step, run across the living room or climb on their DIY Pikler triangle. These skills also comprise things like gripping the ladder rungs, stretching their legs and maintaining balance, making a climbing triangle a simple way for little ones to learn how to pull themselves up and strengthen muscles in the arms, legs and core.
As kids learn how their bodies operate in relation to space, they gain more confidence in their abilities to climb, walk and run. A Pikler triangle can also help with this, since it teaches children to trust in what their instincts tell them during play. They can experiment by seeing how high they can climb and how to get to the other side and figure out how to stretch their skills in a safe way. Since children can control every aspect of play on the dowels and triangle, they gain self-confidence with every session.
Fosters Independent Play
Being able to play alone is a big step in child development, and a Pikler triangle helps with that by encouraging independent play. This open-ended toy provides little ones with space to experiment with movement and imagination. Since there are no set expectations for play on the triangle, kids can do whatever they wish on the colorful ladders and create their own games.
To further foster independent play, it helps to stand back and let kids do their own thing with the Pikler triangle rather than aiding them when they miss a rung, fall down or fail to achieve a goal. This failure helps them learn how to deal with their emotions and try again until they get it right, so watch over them, but don’t feel like you have to help them or add your spin to their games.
Aids Problem-Solving Skills
With gross motor skill development, the self-confidence it brings and the capacity for independent play, kids start learning how to solve problems. A Pikler triangle can help with this by giving children simple decisions to make about how they play. Each failure teaches them to try again, while each success spurs them toward new experiments.
For instance, if your little one climbs to the top of the triangle, what do they do next? Their choices are ultimately climbing back down one of the two ladders — the one they went up or the one on the opposite side — helping them learn to weigh risk with reward. Likewise, if a little one is trying to climb another rung and can’t, the Pikler triangle gives them planning options that help them figure out what to do next.