Our Story

Hi, I’m Kate, a mum of two to Billy and Lara.

My background was working in Advertising and Marketing in London, for the big corporations – which I loved, and learnt a lot! I’ve since relocated to a more rural life on the border of West Sussex and Surrey. I’ve always known that I wanted to start my own business when I had a family.

Some things really stick with you… and I remember once being described by my boss at the time as a “doer” and that I was one to approach to “get the job done”. I’ve never been one to sit still and I discover every day I’m not the only one; I see through my children that little ones are born eager to learn by doing which is what has led to Happy Little Doers being born.

‘Doing’ will always trump ‘telling’ – whether we are three, five or ten!
Kate Stott | Happy Little Doers

My ‘light bulb’ moment happened when life as we knew it went back to basics; no soft play, no parks and no seeing friends and family to occupy our time.  Billy and I would often sit together (whilst Lara was napping) and practice counting.  I would write down the numbers and dots on a separate piece of paper for him to match up.  However, he always wanted to count higher than 10, and play with more numbers. The scraps of paper I had written on soon became bent and torn.

We noticed there wasn’t anything similar on the market that went higher than 10 or 20, whilst also being really simple.  That’s when we decided to launch ‘Learn by Doing… Numbers’.

We’ve designed these simplistic black and white flash cards so that numbers can be explored, played with, without distraction.

Kids Counting Flashcards | Happy Little Doers

We love to make products to help with a busy family lifestyle, and our motto is ‘Keep It Simple’. We don’t like to overcomplicate ideas or designs, but we love our products to be exceptionally well designed, clean, and unfussy with a real purpose and with longevity in mind.

We’re always striving for the best future for our kids, which is why everything is considered. Even the server for our website is powered by renewable energy, generated from hydroelectric and wind sources.  All of our products are created as eco-friendly as possible and responsible.  All of our paper products are FSC.  The inks are eco-friendly and entirely plant-based and from renewable sources.

Thanks for stopping by and finding out more about Happy Little Doers. We hope you love our new range of products as much as we do.

Kate, Ollie, Billy, Lara and Luther.

P.S. Don’t forget to come and say hello on Instagram.

Kate Stott | Happy Little Doers
Kate Stott | Happy Little Doers

2 Minutes with the Founder Kate

Describe yourself in a few words?

Positive, happy (most of the time… we all have our moments), glass half full kind of Mumma.

Who are you inspired by?

Holly Tucker! I love her energy, passion, positivity, drive to succeed in business, work ethic, I could go on and on.

What are you most fond of?

My kids, large G&T’s, laughing, adventures with my family, gardening (that makes me feel old), the sea, small brands and being around people who I love and inspire me.

Best adventure?

So far, I would have to say Peru on our honeymoon.  It was the most amazing trip, one which I will never forget.  The Skyloft adventure suits in Cusco was the highlight!

What don’t you like doing?

Dancing in public!  I’m a terrible dancer until I have a few drinks, then its a game-changer.

Worst trait?

Impatient and I’m not the best cook.

Best trait?

I always try and look for the positive in every situation.

Best sporting achievement?

Representing Great Britain doing Synchronised Ice Skating.  This was a long time ago mind!  I’m also signed up for the London Marathon this year, so if it goes ahead that might take the biscuit.

Favourite quote?

Dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people.

“Play is our brains favourite way of learning”.

Diane Ackerman
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