Do you have a child that loves to climb? Or maybe, did Early Intervention say your child needs to practice his/her gross motor skills, and you’re not sure how to accomplish this? If you don’t have a big yard with a sandbox, swing set, and climbing tower with a slide, what about a tiny indoor playground made of Montessori climbing toys? The advantage is that you can move them around from room to room, and even take them outside. You can fold the triangle to store it away, too.
Lyons Cub needed to do some physical exercise, according to Early Intervention (not really physical therapy, but he did have some gross motor delays as a cause of his IUGR diagnosis) when he was about a year to a year and a half old, and since we immersed in Montessori education at that time, I got him a Pikler triangle. He loved it so much that soon, I wanted to make his obstacle course more challenging, so we added an arch and a bridge that turned into a slide on its backside to complement his triangle. (In addition, we started watching Ninja Warrior Junior on TV, so he got into the competitive spirit early on 😉 )
We love wooden toys (he has plenty of plastic toys already to engage in role play); back to the roots and to high quality! These climbers will last for many years and can be passed down to kids or grandkids (my mom still has my sister’s wooden rocking horse, which my son uses now). Do you want to invest in a valuable family heirloom toy that helps your child gain better motor skills? They are not cheap, but hey, you get what you pay for. We’ve used our triangle, arch, and ramp for two and a half years already, and they don’t show any wear or tear.
Here, you can watch Lyons Cub practicing his climbing skills on the triangle, ramp, and arch: