Happy Heart Kid Grit Kit

It’s hard not to like a toy company dedicated to creating fun, interactive ways for kids to learn about important life virtues.  Empathy, generosity, grit and manners are traits we all hope as mothers to pass along to our kids.  Unfortunately, the messages we send our kids are not always received.  That’s where Happy Heart Kid can help.

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Each kit contains an activity book with a lesson, a craft, game and a journal all tailored to the specific virtue of the kit.  Happy Heart Kid founder Archana Jiwnani believes emotional intelligence should be taught alongside intelligent quotient, as they are equally important.  I couldn’t agree more.  I chose and was sent a Grit Kit in exchange for my review, since I seem to hear the word “can’t” a lot from my daughter.

She repeatedly reminds me they weren’t allowed to use the word in the classroom, but she doesn’t have a problem using it at home.  She’s an only child and my husband and I do find ourselves helping her out a lot more than if there were siblings.  In fact, I remember cutting her pizza into bite size pieces once, only to snap out of it remembering she was 5 and was perfectlt able of eating her pizza the normal way.  I will say, I was so impressed with the kit, I went ahead and bought a game for a friend.

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  1. Step one in our beautifully packaged box {each project is also individually wrapped} was the activity book about grit. All parts are numbered, so it’s easy for kids to do each activity in order. My 7-year-old daughter read the story to me and we discussed some of the challenges and solutions in the story. She really loved it because it was about a Monarch butterfly, which they had just studied at the end of the school year. She also enjoyed coloring each page with the supplied Crayons {the real ones, not the cheap kind} and was excited to get onto the next task, I mean, activity {it’s so fun, kids don’t realize they’re learning.}
  2. Next was the craft, a Try, Try Again Sun Catcher. I was super impressed that the craft included all of the supplies, right down to a glue stick. This craft was so fun, and yes a little challenging. She got frustrated when she glued her colored tissue paper onto her letter backwards, but we worked through it. Grit. She loved it so much, we are in the process of a room makeover and she wants to hang the sun catcher above her desk.
  3. Next was the Jungle Game. We loved this and again I was impressed with the well thought out packaging of the game. There are game cards with different scenarios and a burlap bag full of “supplies.” Each player blindly chooses three supplies from the bag, and then reads the card. They have to come up with a way to get out of the scenario by using all three of their selected supplies. The best part is once a solution is reached, they need to act it out. We were laughing for days at our “MacGyveresque” solutions.
  4. The final task is a journal. While some of the pages seemed easy {tracing a circle with your finger} others proved to be a bit more challenging to my “Oh that’s easy, I can do that” daughter. But she learned with a little focus, it really wasn’t that difficult.

We really enjoyed our Happy Heart Kid Grit Kit!  If you find your children struggling with empathy, generosity, grit or manners, I highly suggest you purchase a kit.  I will say age 7 is probably the maximum age for a kit since older kids may find the activities not challenging enough.  While my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it, she is young for her age {but hey, you won’t find me complaining about that!}

By supporting Happy Heart Kid, you’ll be supporting a high quality product your whole family can enjoy, not to mention a female entrepreneur with a brilliant idea.  And I’m all for that!

I received a free grit kit in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

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