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Staying at Home Activities: Climbing frame

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

OVERVIEW


Prep time: 2 minutes

Difficulty: Age Dependent

Estimated Cost: 799 AED

Mess level: Zero


What you need


Climbing frameset


About


Its hard to believe that something as simple as a wooden triangular frame can do so much for a baby’s cognitive and physical development and yet – the concept of the Pikler triangle has been praised by early learning educators for over 100 years. Developed by Hungarian pediatrician, Dr Emmi Pikler, and widely used by the Montessori community, the minimalist triangular climbing structure was designed to encourage babies and toddlers to gain confidence, stability and strength at their own pace.


Notes


Foldable for easy storage

Check out my top blog post to see my own children playing and some of the fun things you can do.


Benefits:

  • Enhances gross motor development

  • Increases spatial awareness

  • Provides vestibular stimulation (for learning about balance)

  • Strengthens limbs

  • Promotes proprioceptive learning (physical self-awareness)

  • Enables open-ended play

Ways to adapt:


The triangle is it’s designed to work from 6 months through 6 years just as it is. So, for example, babies can first play around the triangle and begin to pull themselves up - It’s known that babies actually learn to climb before they stand, which is why the Pikler is great as early as 6 months. As they get older they can climb over the triangle.

As they turn into toddlers, you can add on the “accessories.” We have both a double-sided ramp with a slide on one side and a rock wall on the other. This is a beautiful opened end toy and as your child grows you will see just how many different ways this can be played with.

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