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Play To Learn

Our toy boxes are curated to spark creativity, curiosity and promote development.

 

Cognitive

Cognitive

ability to learn, explore & solve problems

Language

Language

ability to both understand and use language 

Physical

Physical

ability to use small muscles like their hands and fingers; and use their large muscles to sit, stand or skip. 

Social & Emotional

Social & Emotional

ability to interact with others, including helping themselves and self-control

Development Milestones

Want to see how your child is developing? Click on the age group to see the behaviours!

Each child will develop at their own pace but should achieve certain milestones at around the suggested age.

For babies, it is important to promote curiosity, cause and effect and hand-eye coordination. They are intrigued by sounds and movement.

COGNITIVE
  • Aware of surroundings
  • Relatively short attention span
  • Engages in make-believe play
  • Can find hidden toy
LANGUAGE
  • Pay attention to speech
  • Understands 'no'
  • Can imitate sounds ('mama', 'dada')
PHYSICAL
  • Mainly uses body to explore
  • Learns hand-eye coordination
  • Uses fingers like pincers to grab objects
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
  • Responsive to silly faces and emotions
  • Enjoys peekaboo
  • Increase sense of stranger anxiety
  • Shows preference for familiar faces

Suggested toys

At ages 1-2, children begin to work on their fine motor skills, recognise simple words and colors and improve their hand-eye coordination.

COGNITIVE
  • Begin to sort objects by size
  • Enjoys pretend-play
  • Solves problems with trial and error
LANGUAGE
  • Recognise names
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Combine words in speech
PHYSICAL
  • Can walk steadily & squat
  • Carry & pull toys
  • Kick a toy ball
  • Build towers of four+ pieces
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
  • Enjoy playing with other children
  • Use gestures or speech to show his needs
  • More interactive when playing with others

Children age 2-3 enjoy solving puzzles to improve their cognitive skills. They have improved fine motor skills and have increased attention span to play independently.

COGNITIVE
  • Improved memory and attention span
  • Enjoys solving simple puzzles
  • Engage in quiet play
LANGUAGE
  • Can follow short commands
  • Recognize and identify common objects
  • Can answer simple questions
PHYSICAL
  • Able to run faster
  • Able to kick ball with accuracy & strength
  • Pedal tricycle
  • Thread beads
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
  • Imitate mannerisms and behavior of adults & playmates
  • Shows affection for familiar playmate
  • Learn to take turns and share toys

From 3-4 years old, children start to learn the numbers and alphabet! They recognise colors and have a wild imagination.

COGNITIVE
  • Likes to ask 'why', 'who', 'how' questions
  • Understands basic concept of quantity
  • Recognizes colors
  • Count up to 10
LANGUAGE
  • Follow adults' daily instructions well
  • Imagination flourishes
  • Speech is more clear
PHYSICAL
  • Jumps and run confidently
  • Can throw and catch large balls & balance on one foot
  • Pedal a tricycle with ease
  • Draw simple figures
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
  • Role-playing
  • Engages in cooperative play
  • Start to identify their gender
  • Follows rules

Children age 4+ can converse confidently, they will ask a lot of questions and begin to use reasoning to figure out how things work and why things happen. They are curious and love to learn.

COGNITIVE
  • Likes to ask 'why', 'who', 'how' questions
  • Understands basic concept of quantity
  • Recognizes colors
  • Count up to 10
LANGUAGE
  • Follow adults' daily instructions well
  • Imagination flourishes
  • Speech is more clear
PHYSICAL
  • Jumps and run confidently
  • Can throw and catch large balls & balance on one foot
  • Pedal a tricycle with ease
  • Draw simple figures
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
  • Role-playing
  • Engages in cooperative play
  • Start to identify their gender
  • Follows rules

Meet Our Experts

Our experts have extensive experience working in children development and help pick the toys most suited for your child.

JENNIFER LAM

(B. Sp Path, MSPAA, CPSP)

Senior Speech Pathologist

KEVIN LAM

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Registered Arts (Expressive Arts) Therapist (AThR)

DORCAS YUEN

Behavioural Therapist for young children

Ballet and Piano Teacher

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Play And Plant

Every time you borrow from Happy Baton, you’re one step closer to making the world a little bit greener.

Borrow 3 times from Happy Baton, we will plant a tree on your behalf. Your child can name the tree, find it’s exact location, talk to the tree and watch it grow!