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Happy Heart Kid is a line of activity kits that make it easy for parents to engage in character building activities.
We design toys that help families 'Play with Purpose'
We design toys that help families 'Play with Purpose'
207 backers pledged $11,093 to help bring this project to life.

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Happy Heart Kid: Activity Kits for Meaningful Playtime

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Play with Purpose!

If you’re a parent you know how hard it is to find time to sit down with your kids, without distractions. But it’s that quality time that all educators say is necessary to foster smart, compassionate kids, who will become responsible, thoughtful, and successful adults. 

And once you find that time, how do you make it meaningful? 

What if there was an easy and FUN way for you to build character and share values with your kids? That’s what Happy Heart Kid is all about. Our team of educators and professionals have created fun character-building activity kits for parents to play and engage with their children.

Everything you need is included in the box-- all you need to do is open, play, discover, and learn!

What's in each Activity Kit ?

Our team has defined four components for each kit that cater to the different cognitive learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.  Each component progressively deepens the understanding of the character trait for that box: 

  • Activity Book-- a coloring workbook to introduce the trait, as well as Caleb and his learning adventures
  • Create & Explore-- an engaging craft activity that parents can use to prompt meaningful discussions
  • Imaginative Play-- games and role-playing that spark self-expression, originality, and creativity
  • Connect & Share-- a fun hands-on project to promote further exploration of the trait and encourage real-life application 

In addition to explicitly teaching the character theme of each box, Happy Heart Kid kits also develop literacy, fine-motor skills, and critical thinking abilities with every activity. But most of all, each kit is packed with creativity, fun, and play so your kids will be excited to discover and explore what's inside! 

Our Star

Meet Caleb!

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Why Happy Heart Kid?

You want your child to play with a Happy Heart Kid activity kit because as important as math and reading skills are, there's so much more to kids than that.  In fact, research shows that strong character skills better prepare children for academic success. 


Character education is not just a 'nice-to-have;' it's a set of critical developmental skills needed to help our children grow into well-rounded, global citizens.  More and more experts are recognizing that character can actually be taught, and are putting increasing emphasis on early-childhood education to do just that.  Currently there are a lot of research articles and books explaining these conclusions, but what is lacking are the hands-on activities that parents can use with their children to help build character through everyday play.  Our fast-paced, schedule-packed and hyper-competitive world makes it almost impossible for us to slow down and nurture these skills in a proactive and joyful way. 

We wanted to make it easy for all families to engage in activities that make learning character skills interactive and effective, and use playtime to create fun, teachable moments. Our idea was to combine the good character values of Sesame Street with the hands-on learning of Montessori education.  

Our Journey

Archana is a former financial analyst, and has spent time volunteering with children in New York City, as well as in India.  Martha studied Studio Arts at Mount Holyoke College, and worked in education with an NGO in Colombia.

Martha and I met when we were volunteering our time at a neighborhood children's class. We were working with young kids and planning lessons and activities around universal values such as patience, kindness, manners, team work, and more.  As we built relationships with these families, we realized that busy parents were constantly seeking tools to teach these same traits to their kids, and weave meaningful conversations into their everyday lives.  We all tend use situations when we observe bad behavior to react and talk to kids, but what if we made playtime a way to proactively get our kids to start thinking, practicing and talking about their character?  This is what we set out to do. 

We have spent the last year researching and talking to parents, kids, educators, and child development psychologists about making playtime a means to nurturing empathy, kindness, curiosity, and perseverance for future generations. 

Testimonials 

 
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What's Next

We have already received tremendous help to create our Empathy and Manners kits, and get us to this stage.  Now with your help, we hope to be able to go into production so that many more families can enjoy these products.  

However, this Kickstarter campaign is just the first step in getting Happy Heart Kid off the ground.  We want to expand our line beyond our first two kits, and continue developing games, crafts, and books to teach additional character traits.  We hope to grow a community of parents, kids, educators, and caregivers that join us in our mission of making playtime not just fun, but purposeful for our kids to build a better future. 

Gratitude

Happy Heart Kid has been an incredible journey for me. I want to just conclude by saying  this wouldn't have happened without the help and support of some amazing people I met that helped bring our project to life. 

I want to express my gratitude to our amazing illustrator Kim Batti, our designer Nicole Corea and our photographer and Instagram guru Laily Mesbah. Special thanks to our amazing Montessorians; Mona Kiani and Shloka Shroff, who made our product so much better. 

And to Martha and Rachael, who generously spent hundreds of hours toiling with me.  I am forever in your debt and blessed to have met both of you. 

Whatever the outcome, I am grateful for this experience.  We truly hope our product isn't just a toy company; but is of service to families everywhere. 

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge could be getting the rewards to our campaign supporters according to schedule. Because we are a small team and all of our kits are produced and packed by hand, there may be delays in shipping these out. But we have plans underway to make sure we make our deadlines, and we will have extra hands on deck to make this happen. We commit to communicate with you to keep you informed and updated on the status of your Happy Heart Kid kit.

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FAQ

  • The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr Maria Montessori, is a child centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children.It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive. In this method children develop essential social & conflict resolution skills by working with hands-on developmentally appropriate materials.

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  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

    SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful.

    (From CASEL) For additional resources on the benefits on Social and Emotional learning check out: http://www.edutopia.org/sel-research-learning-outcomes

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  • Our activity kits are developmentally appropriate for kids 4-8 year olds. While every child is unique, through our testing process we have found that 4 year olds may need more parent involvement. Older kids (7/8 year olds) will be able to go through the materials with more independence. However our kits are designed to have meaningful parent child interaction and dialogue around the character skills featured in each box. We add helpful hints and additional suggested activities that parents can do to deepen the dialogue with their children.

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  • We are not currently not offering a subscription service. We are only offering for purchase our first two activity kits as well as our Manners game and special Kickstarter only rewards.

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    ************* SHOUT OUT *************

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    ************** CALENDAR **************

    Calendar starring Happy Heart Kid characters with Inspiring quotes just in time for the new year!

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    ******** DIGITAL BACKER *********

    Receive a PDF version of all the visual instructions, parent card as well an activity book for both our Empathy and Manners Kits.

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    ********** MANNERS GAME **********

    Roll the dice and join Happy Heart Kid characters Caleb and Ella learn table manners as they progress through different courses of their meal.

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    *********** EMPATHY KIT *************

    Join the Happy Heart Kid characters as they develop emotional intelligence with an activity book, a role playing craft, an empathy placard and felt flowers to share.

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    *********** MANNERS KIT *************

    Join the Happy Heart Kid characters as they learn to be polite with an activity book, a manners game, courtesy bracelets and decorative thank you cards craft.

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    ********** DOUBLE BACKER **********

    Get our first two Activity Kits on Empathy and Manners. FREE US SHIPPING
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    ****** CLASSROOM BUNDLE ******

    Receive our first two kits and we will donate a classroom bundle to an inner city school.

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    *****BEST BUDDIES VALUE PACK*****

    Receive two sets of the Empathy and Manners Kits. One for your child and one to share.

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    *************BUILD-A-BOX*************

    Get our first two activity kits, a calendar and create your own character and name it after a child in your life. (If this is a gift, a "Happy Heart Kid Coming Soon" stocking stuffer can be mailed out in December, upon request.)

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