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Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia – what do they even mean?

You may have come across these philosophies and teachings, but what do they exactly mean? We’re here to debunk it down for you so you can decide what’s best for your child! At Happy Baton, we draw on the benefits of these three philosophies so your child can experience it all 🤩 Our boxes comes with a play guide that’s based on these values to maximize your play with your little one ✌️


Montessori is perhaps the most popular out of the three in Hong Kong. Child-led learning is the key, where grown-ups follow their lead and encourage curiosity and a love of learning. 

Montessori teaching materials are specifically designed to promote the child’s senses, especially touch. And many of them mimic daily activities in the real world to promote independence. 


If you have visited a Waldorf school, you’ll notice lots of arts & craft 🎨, puppets, singing and performances 🎭 across the classrooms with a heavy emphasis on pretend-play. In fact, the founder Rudolf Steiner described the Waldorf Education as “the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being”. 

Engaging creativity enhances a child’s ability to think independently and critically 🧠 

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Reggio Emilio

In contrast to traditional schools, the Reggio Emilia approach gives the child control over the direction of what they’re learning. It promotes a stimulating and collaborative learning environment that encourages children to inquire, observe, reflect and share their experiences. 

Instead of teaching your child what to do, our toy boxes and play guides are designed to  encourage children to explore and learn at their own pace and expose them to different interests.  

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