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Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®

Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®

Item #2350  | Ages 3+
$12.99
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All the fun of Hot Dots®, now available for younger children! Part learning companion, part magic wand, the Hot Dots Jr. Pen talks, laughs, lights up and even buzzes with excitement as children explore. Designed for little hands, this electronic pen cheers for correct answers and gently redirects children when they answer incorrectly, allowing for independent discovery.
  • Engages your youngest learners with easy–to–use technology—simply press the pen down on the cards to answer and receive feedback

  • Allows independent, self–paced reinforcement and review of key early learning topics

  • Provides opportunity for students to prepare for school, or catch up where they need support

  • Activity Card Sets (available separately) include 36 colorfully illustrated double–sided cards providing 72 early learning activities plus an answer key all stored in a handled carrying case

  • Ace unit requires 2 AAA batteries (not included) and measures 6"L

  • Grades PreK+


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Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®
 
2.5

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Easy to assemble (8)
  • Lasting fun (7)
  • High quality (5)
  • Educational (4)

Cons

  • Poor design (9)
  • Doesn't work (4)

Best Uses

  • Home (18)
  • Travel (13)
  • Outside (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (22), Education oriented (9), Educator (6), Thrifty (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cute idea, but a bit pricey

Hot dots are a great product because of the audible feedback. I love the new younger version with hot dots jr. I think people will find them appealing, but the price point is...Read complete review

Hot dots are a great product because of the audible feedback. I love the new younger version with hot dots jr. I think people will find them appealing, but the price point is a bit higher and may be a turn off.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't waste your money.

I purchased the product, and it worked fine; however, after using the product for 3 days for a period of 30 mins each day Ace the dog stopped working properly. It started saying...Read complete review

I purchased the product, and it worked fine; however, after using the product for 3 days for a period of 30 mins each day Ace the dog stopped working properly. It started saying that all the answers were correct. This product does not seem very durable for the age range it is advertised to be designed.

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4.0

Some Work, Some Don't

By CrissaR

from Orem, UT

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble
  • Easy To Use
  • Positive Encouragement

Cons

  • All Pens Don't Work

Best Uses

  • Home
  • Travel

Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

I have several Ace pens because I have several Hot Dots Jr. kits. Some worked and some didn't. Luckily you can use one pen for all the books. This is also nice because then you don't have to find the ONE pen that works with each specific book. It is a bummer when the pen doesn't work when it is brand new though. If I didn't receive several Hot Dots Jr. packages and had to wait for a replacement pen to be sent to me I would be really bummed! For $20/kit you would assume your pen would work. Let's hope all my pens don't end up debarking.

I like how positive Ace is and how even though you may have the incorrect answer he is still kind about it. Actually my son thinks it is kind of funny to him him saye, "Nope!" or wimper.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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1.0

Didn't work for more than a few times

By Sarah

from Sooke, BC

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

    My son is frustrated that he gets everything wrong. Even when he's right the pen tells him he's wrong. It's very confusing because it did actually work a few times. Very confused, frustrated, and disappointed little boy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    My son loves Ace

    By Debbie S

    from WI

    About Me Education Oriented, Parent, Thrifty

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • High Quality
    • Lasting Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Travel

      Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

      Ace is so cute and he works great with all of the Hot Dots sets. My son just loves using Ace to learn reading and Math.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      We love Ace

      By suburbanwifedp

      from Maplewood, NJ

      About Me Parent, Thrifty

      Pros

      • Easy To Assemble
      • Easy To Use
      • High Quality
      • Lasting Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Travel

        Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

        We love Ace, we took this on the road with us this summer and he was perfect in the car. The kids love that his eyes light up when they are right and I love how easy he is for them to hold.

        I also feel he helps teach them how to properly hold a pen so it's a bonus on that front as well.

        I haven't had any problems with him and I feel his battery has lasted a long time. So happy with this purchase.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Fun product...if only it worked.

        By NYC Mom

        from New York, NY

        About Me Parent

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Lacks Durability
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Outside
        • Travel

        Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

        I bought a box set as well as several decks of cards for my 3 year old. She loved doing the activity until it no longer worked. She used it over a period of several months, but at most only 5 different times. The Ace dog pen now only responds with "nope, incorrect!" every time regardless if her responses are correct/incorrect. We replaced both batteries in the pen, but that didn't fix the problem. It's frustrating because it was such a fun learning activity for her. Even though we have so many books and cards, I'm hesitant to buy another pen if it's just going to break after a few uses. I can only hope the company works out the bugs on this one because it is a good concept.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        Two Pens and they still don't work

        By Patricia

        from Monroe, LA

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent

        Pros

        • Easy To Assemble
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Lifeless
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

        I'm now on my second pen...it worked for a few months, but now it says every answer is wrong. First pen was faulty from the get go. Great concept, but obviously there is a problem with the pens...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Works fine for us!

        By Monalisamommy

        from NE

        About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • pricey

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

        I am surprised at the bad reviews. My 4 yo is greatly enjoying the pen. I've found a couple card sets on sale, which makes me happy because I do feel they are overpriced.

        My older kids are very distracted when little bro gets to do hot dots during their lesson time. They want their own! I do wish the company still sold the refill/ make your own kit, as I would buy a bunch of those for making our own cards/ lapbooks for homeschooling. Bring that set back, please!!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Doesn't work

        By Disappointed Mom

        from West Palm Beach FL

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

              Pen always responds that the answer is incorrect. My son was excited to get this as a gift but its useless. Don't waste your money.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              1.0

              Fun while it lasted

              By Kate

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Parent

              Pros

              • Audiblevisual Feedback
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Easy To Use
              • Intuitive To Use

              Cons

              • Quit Working

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

              My daughter got this from "Santa". It worked for almost 3 months. It now gives a wrong answer for every choice - even if she hits the right one. For example, if the question is, "what color is the bat?", she clicks "black", and ACE says "nope!" Very confusing!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Fun, but stopped working

              By Mom of 3

              from Palatine, Il

              About Me Educator, Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lasting Fun

              Cons

              • Malfunctions

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Outside
              • Travel

              Comments about Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®:

              I bought this for my daughter and she loved it, great for on the go entertainment with hidden learning fun. Now my son is interested and I love anything that can take the place of a video game or app, but the dog says every answer is incorrect. I was going to buy him the kindergarten reading pack, but not sure about that now since I would also need to purchase a new dog pen. Otherwise, it's been great fun and we've even given them as gifts!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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