What to Know Before Buying a Pikler Triangle

"When they're ready, they will."

This is the idea behind the Pikler Triangle, a multi-purpose wooden playset that has been entertaining toddlers and promoting development through open-ended play for over a century. Created by pediatrician Dr. Emmi Pikler, the Pikler Triangle has never been more popular.

From Montessori classrooms to living rooms, the Pikler Triangle continues to captivate young minds through open-ended play. Its simple yet versatile design encourages children to explore and develop their physical and cognitive skills in a safe and stimulating environment.

The Pikler Triangle offers endless possibilities for play and learning. Toddlers can climb, slide, crawl, and balance on the sturdy wooden structure, promoting gross motor development and coordination. They can also use their imagination to transform the triangle into a fort, a tunnel, or even a spaceship, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills.

Unlike many modern toys that come with pre-determined functions and limited play value, the Pikler Triangle allows children to take the lead and create their own play experiences. This open-ended approach promotes independence, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment as children overcome challenges and discover new ways to interact with the world around them.

As parents and caregivers, we understand the importance of providing our children with toys that are not only fun but also beneficial to their development. The Pikler Triangle checks all the boxes, offering a perfect combination of entertainment and education. Its timeless design and natural materials make it a beautiful addition to any playroom or living space.

So, if you're looking for a playset that will engage and inspire your toddler,. join the countless families who have embraced this classic wooden toy and watch as your child's imagination and abilities soar.



What makes a Triangle a Pikler?

A pikler triangle is a V-shaped climbing frame, typically hinged in the middle, with ladder-style rungs on each side.

Pikler triangles are nearly always made from wood; Wood Wood Toys carries models made from baltic birch (famed for its smoothness and attractive grain), and pine (strong, light, and straight-grained).

Piklers can come in many different sizes, so it's especially important to pay attention to the indicated dimensions and product photos when shopping online. A larger Pikler may provide more of a lasting challenge to your young climbers, and a smaller Pikler may stow more easily when not in use.

Is "Pikler" the same as "Montessori"?

You may often see Pikler triangles included with "Montessori toys", and it's not unusual to see them marketed specifically as a Montessori product. While they share many common characteristics, the strictest definition of "Montessori" doesn't encompass the Pikler.

However, the Montessori method priotirizes discovery, learning at your own pace, and tactile exploration. From that perspective, the Pikler triangle complements the Montessori approach and can easily fit within a Montessori-inspired home or classroom.

How to Use a Pikler

The magic of the Pikler lies in its deceptively simple design. The simple V-frame can be approached and explored in an endless number of ways by any child. The simple Pikler ends up becoming a surprisingly rich physical and cognitive challenge for kids of all ages.

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills are the large-muscle activities (think running, sitting, walking, climbing) that every child must master. The Pikler, with its combination of touch and balance, directly engages the muscles and cognitive processes that drive mastery of these core physical skills.

Fine Motor Skills

Beyond the gross-motor mastery described above, the act of climbing on and around a Pikler helps drive the development of the hand and finger movements that link our brains to our limbs for precise motion. These skills are the foundations for writing, constructing and even playing musical instruments!


Time spent on and around a Pikler helps children tackle physical challenges in a safe environment. The act of successfully planning and performing movements on the Pikler has been shown to contribute to increased self confidence and feelings of ahivement.


Watching children exploring a Pikler can be a rewarding experience for everybody, because you will inevitably see children - alone or with a group - imagining new and novel ways to incorporate the triangle into their imagination play. Whether it becomes a vehicle, a cave, a mountain peak or a cozy cafe, the simple piece of play furniture unlocks an endless opportunity for make-believe.

Accessorizing the Pikler

The familiar V-shaped Pikler might get the most attention, but it's really just the foundation for a larger world of related accessories. Pikler's are great investments because they can be added to over time as your child progresses through different development stages.


Wood Wood Toys sells a number of sets with two-sided slides and climbers that can be safely attached to a Pikler frame. These can add a fun dimension to play, and they can just as easily be turned into bridges between two sturdy structures.


Our collection of wooden rockers can help promote many of the same gross- and fine-motor refinements as the traditional Pikler, and when used alongside the Pikler frame a rocker can be exactly the sturdy complement you're looking for. Suddenly, the simple Pikler is the anchor of a versatile indoor play gym.


Compared to the dowel rungs of a Pikler ladder, the net-based climbers we sell offer a very different tactile experience for hands and feet.

Swedish Gym

Often overlooked, the "Swedish Gym" style wall attachment allows a Piker to be unfolded and hung safely on a wall. With proper supervision, this turns the Pikler triangle into a fun and challenging ladder for climbing and swinging; excellent for upper-body exercises and play.

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