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!

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.

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 sustainably sourced.  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 (the office dog).

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

2 Minutes with the Founder Kate

Describe yourself in a few words?

Positive, happy, motivated to inspire children to reach their full potential.

Who are you inspired by?

There are so many people that inspire me.  1. Holly Tucker! The small business cheerleader.  I love her energy, passion, positivity, drive to succeed in business and work ethic.  2. Joe Wicks!  His hard-working ethic to carving his success.  Setting his mission to help others elevate their health and happiness  The three things he lives by, 1. work hard. 2. Have fun. 3. Be nice.  I couldn’t agree more.

What are you most fond of?

I love my kids (most of the time), new adventures, large G&T’s, laughing with friends, small brands and being surrounded by people who I love and inspire me.

Best adventure?

Navigating parenthood and our honeymoon in Peru.  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….

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’ve signed up to the London Marathon next year.

Favourite quote?

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

“Play is our brains favourite way of learning”.

Diane Ackerman

Multi-award winning educational toy brand

Happy Little Doers wins in the Junior Design Awards 2021 for Best Educational Toy Happy Little Doers wins in the Junior Design Awards 2022 for Best Toy Design for +6 Years Happy Little Doers wins in the Made for Mums Awards 2022 for Best Puzzle Fully STEM Accredited Toy Brand Happy Little Doers awarded the ToyMark Award by Let Toys Be Toys Happy Little Doers is a finalist in the Progressive Preschool Awards 2023
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