About this project
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!
Why Happy Heart Kid?
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
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
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.
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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