The Pikler approach was developed by the Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler (1897-1984). Pikler believed that children are capable of moving and exploring their environment without adult intervention.

Pikler believed that children learn best through their own discovery and learn to play. She developed a series of practices designed to support this natural learning process. The Pikler approach has since been adopted by educators around the world.

The core principles of the Pikler approach are:

  1. Children are competent and capable.
  2. Children learn best through their own exploration and play.
  3. Adults should provide children with a safe and supportive environment in which to explore.
  4. Children should be respected as individuals.

The Pikler approach has been proven to promote the physical, cognitive and social-emotional development of young children. It is also associated with increased self-esteem and confidence.

Pikler toys are designed to encourage self-directed, creative play in young children. It is made from a variety of natural materials such as wood, wool and bamboo, and each piece is designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Pikler toys are proven to support cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, and the ability to think creatively.