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Movement development

The world of early childhood education is rich and multi-faceted, and it becomes particularly exciting when it comes to movement development and the promotion of motor skills. Pikler's pedagogy plays a central role in this context. Named after the Hungarian paediatrician Dr. Emmi Pikler, this approach is characterized by a respectful approach to the child and the importance of free play and movement.

The core component of Pikler's pedagogy

is the belief that when children are given the opportunity to develop their movements independently, they build a deep self-confidence and a strong sense of their own bodies. This helps them to develop their motor skills safely and at their own pace. One of the important aspects of Pikler's philosophy is that young children should not be placed in movements and positions that they cannot achieve on their own.

A key element in the implementation of Pikler's pedagogy is the so-called Pikler Triangle. This is a triangular climbing frame that Dr. Pikler designed specifically for toddlers to encourage climbing, gymnastics and general freedom of movement in a safe environment. The simple but versatile structures allow children to climb, slide and explore at their own pace.

The design of the Pikler triangle

reflects the pedagogical approach - it offers many possibilities but will never dictate how it should be used. Children find out for themselves how to pull themselves up, balance over and crawl through the rungs. This self-directed exploration is a key element of learning in the Pikler method.

Climbing and gymnastics are essential for the development of young children, as they not only strengthen muscles and develop gross motor skills, but also promote spatial awareness and problem-solving skills. The Pikler triangle is an ideal toy in this respect as it is safe - usually made of wood and perfectly suited to the size and motor skills of young children.

When using a Pikler triangle in a home or educational setting, it is important to ensure a safe environment. For optimum protection, the triangle should be placed on a soft surface such as a mat and, of course, children should never be left unattended.

Pikler's pedagogy, and the Pikler triangle in particular, are wonderful examples of how thoughtful toys and a respectful attitude to movement development can sustainably support the motor and cognitive skills of young children. Awareness of the need to allow children to explore freely and safely is not only in line with Dr. Pikler's pedagogy, but also fundamental to comprehensive child development.