A Pikler triangle is a climbing frame built specifically for ages 6 months-5 years. It follows under the montessori approach of learning. The pikler significantly helps with gross motor skills, the kids’ confidence level and so much more! It teaches babies and young children their boundaries at the pace they would like to learn them at. Pikler Triangles were first introduced over 100 years ago by a pediatrician named Dr. Emmi Pikler. They didn’t become super popular until recently. It’s been an awesome learning tool for my son and the friends we have built them for. I highly recommend them to anyone with young kids. If you’re interested in saving some money and building your own then keep on readin’!
My fiance has now perfected building Pikler Triangles. We built one for my son for his second Christmas last year and my son quickly became obsessed with it. It goes along with the Nugget Comfort Couch perfectly, which is my son’s ultimate favorite. We thought we had a new winner for his favorite after giving him the Pikler for Christmas, but we were wrong and only made the Nugget more loveable after showing him more ways to use it with the Pikler.
Time Spent Building: 6-8 Hours
Wood We Use/Recommend: Poplar
- 1inx12inx2ft Poplar Board
- 1inx3inx10ft Poplar Board
- 6 1in 4ft Poplar Rods
- Wood Glue
- 1in Dry Wall Screws (we use black)
Lucky for most people; you do not need professional woodworking tools to build this!
- Drill – (we use Milwaukee)
- 1″ Forstner Drill Bit
- Bar Clamps (optional)
- Sander -we use an orbital sander
The very first step is to take the 1″x3″x10′ board, cut it into two 31.5″ poplar sections, and two 27.5″ sections. On each of these boards you will need to take a cup (we use just a basic red solo) and trace around it on the ends of each board to give it the round appearance for the legs of the Pikler Triangle. At this point, you have to decide if you’re more comfortable with cutting the rounded part with the jig-saw or just sanding it down into the correct shape [sanding WILL take much longer]. Once you are completely satisfied with how you’re jumbo popsicle sticks look, you can then move onto the next step.
Next step; take the boards from step one and mark the spots for your holes where each rod goes into place (the ladder rungs). Take the 31.5″ pieces and mark them at 1.5″, 7″, 12.5in, 18in, 23.5″ and 29in” [see picture below]. Take the 27.5″ sections and mark them at 2.5″, 7″, 12″, 16.5″, 21.5″ and 26″. Once you have all of your spots marked, drill the holes 1/2″ deep on all of the spots you have marked (be super careful not to drill too deep!).
Step 3; take a piece of cardboard and lay one small and one big leg on it in the shape of a rounded triangle with 23″ in between the bottom of the two legs [see pictures below]. Trace around the triangle so you have a template to cut out. Use your template of cardboard to mark on your 1″x12″x2′ poplar board. Use your jigsaw to cut out the shape of the rounded triangle and then sand them smooth. You will need to repeat this step so you have two of them made.
Step four! Should be the easiest step; cut each of the dowel rods in half to 24″. Thats it!
Step Five! Getting closer to owning a Pikler Triangle!! For this step you will need to take a quarter size bit of wood glue into each pre-drilled hole and put the dowel rods into each one. Here’s where the bar clamps come in handy; clamp them together so they stay put. Let them dry overnight. If you do not have bar clamps, here’s where you need to get creative… we’ve used ratchet clamps before or we have even put them on the ground in between two heavy objects to keep them in place. [see picture below]
Step six is the final step!!! Take both of your completed ladders and attach them to the rounded triangles from step three with a little bit of wood glue and wood screws [see picture].
There are a ton of ways to make a pikler triangle. of course, we are sharing our own personal way of building them at 1/4 of the price they cost to buy off of Etsy, or wherever. We love sharing our ideas with you and our many different techniques. Follow//Subscribe for more ideas to uplift your home, build your kid’s toys, home cooking recipes, and many more. Thanks for reading 🙂
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