Here's Why the Pikler Triangle Is the Climber You’ll Want for Your Preschooler

There’s so much to love about this classic climber!

October 14, 2021
By: Amanda Mushro

Sometimes, the best toys have the most simple design. Sure, the toys that connect to apps and come with plenty of bells and whistles are fun, but look at what your kids are playing with right now. There’s a good chance that in six months to a year, they will lose total interest in those high-tech toys.

If you are looking for a toy that will grow with your child, will help them burn energy, and works on important developmental skills, a Pikler Triangle is the perfect addition to your child’s playtime routine. This climber was invented over 100 years ago and it’s still a favorite of kids, parents, and preschool teachers — and for good reason.

The Pikler Triangle is a Montessori-style climbing toy that's designed to help children from six months up to six years old develop gross motor skills, physical strength, and agility. It also helps to improve spatial awareness, balance, and coordination while encouraging your little one to be creative as they move and play.

While you can find a number of climbers online and in stores at a range of price points, this one from Costzon is a great option. It’s sturdy, made with non-toxic, BPA-free paint, and has great reviews.

The simple design is a triangular structure with metal connections and rungs on both sides. The climber comes with a ladder that can be tilted to climb, and on the reverse side, it becomes a slide. As kids get older, the ladder can be raised to make the climb more challenging! All of this climbing and sliding is perfect for indoor play and for the days your little one has plenty of energy to burn — which is basically every day with a toddler or a preschooler. Since the triangle can hold over 130 pounds, siblings and friends can join in on the fun.

The Pikler Triangle can inspire your child’s imagination as well. Kids can pretend the triangle is a castle where a dragon lives, a very tall mountain they must climb, or the perfect tiny house to play inside. They can develop those dramatic play skills and creativity that are so important for preschoolers. So, even if they aren’t climbing up and down the triangle, they can still use the structure for creative playtime. You may even be inspired to build a fort with the triangle or host a puppet show inside.

For infants, you can attach soft toys for them to reach for on their back. Since the triangle is so sturdy, they can use the base of the triangle for support when they are learning to pull themselves up.

Another great feature of the triangle is that it folds up. When playtime is over, you can easily store it away — and when your kids are ready to climb again, you can bring it back out and have it set up again in a few minutes!

So, if you’re looking for a toy that can really grow with your child, will keep them off screens, and will encourage them to move, groove, and get creative, the Pikler Triangle may become you and your child’s new favorite.

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