It’s not hard to see why climbing triangles, better known as Pikler Triangles, are becoming so popular nowadays.
Not only do they offer tons of fun, but they also help your little one develop motor skills, improve balance, and build confidence!
With Pikler Triangles, engaging in playtime becomes both entertaining and beneficial. You can even set up mini obstacle courses right at home if you have multiple climbers!
Today, I’m walking you through the steps of making budget-friendly climbing triangles with a simple guide on how to DIY an affordable Pikler Triangle.
WHAT IS A PIKLER TRIANGLE?
The Pikler Triangle was invented about 100 years ago by the Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler.
She believed that a child must be allowed freedom of movement to effectively promote the development of their gross motor skills. So, she designed a tool that would support her idea.
Like all good things that last, her concept of a toddler climbing toy has remained largely unchanged.
In fact, in the last few years, it has gained massive popularity and is probably on the wishlist of many new parents. This is especially true if you’re looking to create a Montessori-style environment for your kid.
Well, the rungs do bend a little, but not much, as seen here with her 50-pound 8-year-old using the climber in real life. Blaire explains, “I’m sure if my 8-year-old were to jump up and down with all his might on one rung, it could crack over time. But we wouldn’t do that with an official climber either.”
“People still need to be smart. And people still need to supervise their kids if they don’t feel comfortable with it. But I have a 2, 5, and 8-year-old who use it constantly and have been using it over the last year. No injuries or concerns. I untie the knots every time I put it away and retie them. But I also tie safe knots,” she adds.
Replicate this DIY Pikler or Climbing Triangle at your own risk. While kids should be encouraged to climb independently, it doesn’t mean without adult supervision. Stay close, but far enough for a little risky play.
MORE IDEAS FOR DIY TODDLER CLIMBING TOYS
Here’s an extra DIY project you can do at home to give your kid more climbing toy options and boost their skills!
DIY CLIMBING RAMP
This impactful climbing toy is a breeze to build!
Start by finding a ¾-inch plywood blank and cutting it to a suitable width — I’d go about 24 inches.
Then, draw 3 lines about 6 inches apart down the length of the board. Mark each line at 6-inch intervals and square the lines across so you end up with a grid pattern.
Drill a hole at each point of intersection to insert the climbing holds. You’ll do that by installing ⅜-inch T-nuts from the backside with a hammer.
Sand down the edges or use edge banding for better protection and aesthetics. Wrap things up by attaching climbing holds on the front of the board.