Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set
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Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set

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Ages 2-3
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The Big Idea

Set the foundation for a life-long love of reading with Hot Dots® Tots, created just for your toddler!

Rawr, Neigh, Moo! Watch your toddler’s confidence soar as they use Elliott- the Musical, Teaching Bear™ to learn and engage with two interactive board books. Wild Animal Safari and Fun on the Farm introduce key early learning skills like making comparisons; recognizing emotions; identifying colors, objects, shapes, and numbers; identifying animals; and more!

Shhh...They're Learning!
  • Offers engaging, interactive learning experiences
  • Helps develop early learning skills necessary for preschool success
  • Presents confidence-building feedback
Cut to the Chase
  • Includes two interactive board books and Elliott- The Musical, Teaching Bear™
  • Perfectly sized for little hands, Elliott uses fun music and sounds to guide young learners
  • Simply press the pen on the correct answer picture and Elliott plays an affirmative musical response and glows green
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)
  • Elliott- the Musical, Teaching Bear™ is not compatible with other Hot Dots® and Hot Dots® Jr. sets
OUR AWARDS
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  • The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval (2015)
The nitty-gritty:
  • Elliott—the Musical Teaching Bear — Lights up — Plays sound effects
  • 2 Board books
  • Bear requires 2 AAA batteries, not included.
  • 2"D x 2.5"W x 4.25"H

 

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Educational InsightsHot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set
 
4.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (25)
  • Interactive (25)
  • Engaging (23)
  • Durable (17)
  • Lots of fun (16)

Cons

  • Poor design (9)
  • Flimsy (4)

Best Uses

  • Young children (25)
  • Indoor (14)
  • Travel (12)
  • Entertainment (11)
  • Special needs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (18), Working parent (13), Education oriented (12), Stay at home parent (8), First time parent (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Learning Tool but Elliot Needs Work

My youngest is almost two so I thought this would be a great set for him. He likes being read to and so this is the perfect next step by adding some interaction. The...Read complete review

My youngest is almost two so I thought this would be a great set for him. He likes being read to and so this is the perfect next step by adding some interaction. The Hot Dots Tots Animals Board Book Set is a great way to read with my child and teach him at the same time.

The set comes with two board books and Elliott the musical teaching bear. I had a little trouble with Elliot at first. He has to be exactly on the right spot in order to work. I actually like that he only works with the correct answer because then it's obvious if they are right or wrong. However, when he isn't on the right spot even on the right answer, it can be confusing.

The books are wonderful and I like that they provide great variety on the kinds of questions they ask regarding things that toddlers are learning at this age. From shapes to colors and animals, it's a great learning tool for toddlers. My son is delighted when he gets the right answer and Elliott is such a positive affirmation.

I think going forward for future versions of this Elliott could use a little work but my toddler loves him and likes to carry him around even when we aren't reading. Since he only lights up with the books I don't have to worry about batteries being wasted!

The Hot Dots Tots is an adorable set for toddlers and would make such a wonderful gift for this holiday season. The books help them learn and the bear makes them think it's just all for fun so everyone wins!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great concept!

I received this from Educational Insights in return for an honest review.

This is a great concept. My 30 month old loved the books, and once she understood how to...Read complete review

I received this from Educational Insights in return for an honest review.

This is a great concept. My 30 month old loved the books, and once she understood how to get the pen to light up, she wanted to go through books with me several times. The books include wonderful concepts such as size, quantity, shapes, colors, and even emotions. Coming from a developmental prospective, I loved the books and what was included. However, the bear "pen" is not designed well. It's pretty chunky so a little hand can have a hard time holding onto it. Also, in order to get the bear to light up, you have to hold in a very specific spot on the page. At first, this was frustrating for my daughter but she kept trying and was able to play for a long time afterwards. However, I can see a lot of kids possibly giving up. Great concept, poor design.

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5.0

Great Product

By Ashutosh

from CA

About Me Casual Driver

Pros

  • Corners Well
  • Long Lasting Tread

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All City
    • Combined Highway/City

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

    Great Product it is.... I love it

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    4.0

    A Great Learning Tool but Elliot Needs Work

    By The IE Mommy

    from Beaumont CA

    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Young Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

    My youngest is almost two so I thought this would be a great set for him. He likes being read to and so this is the perfect next step by adding some interaction. The Hot Dots Tots Animals Board Book Set is a great way to read with my child and teach him at the same time.

    The set comes with two board books and Elliott the musical teaching bear. I had a little trouble with Elliot at first. He has to be exactly on the right spot in order to work. I actually like that he only works with the correct answer because then it's obvious if they are right or wrong. However, when he isn't on the right spot even on the right answer, it can be confusing.

    The books are wonderful and I like that they provide great variety on the kinds of questions they ask regarding things that toddlers are learning at this age. From shapes to colors and animals, it's a great learning tool for toddlers. My son is delighted when he gets the right answer and Elliott is such a positive affirmation.

    I think going forward for future versions of this Elliott could use a little work but my toddler loves him and likes to carry him around even when we aren't reading. Since he only lights up with the books I don't have to worry about batteries being wasted!

    The Hot Dots Tots is an adorable set for toddlers and would make such a wonderful gift for this holiday season. The books help them learn and the bear makes them think it's just all for fun so everyone wins!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Quick & Easy Learning

    By Jenn G - Jersey Family Fun

    from New Jersey

    About Me Working Parent

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

      I received this from Educational Insights so that I could offer my honest opinion.

      Hot Dots Tots is a great learning tool. My daughter is 2, and I was surprised how engaged she was and how it reinforced that we are doing a great job teaching her. She had a very easy time identifying the answers, and knew most of them. This is a great product, and I look forward to more books to go along with it!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      Better for ages 3-4

      By Jessi

      from CA

      About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

      • Tough for little hands

      Best Uses

      • Older Children
      • Travel

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

      The books themselves were adorably illustrated and were great for learning about shapes, opposites, etc., though I think a little advanced for a 24 month old. The interactive pen is a fantastic idea and engaged my little one. As others mentioned you do have to get the tip flat on the page before it lights up which can be tricky for toddler hands. I'd say this is a great pick for a 3-4 year old.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Good interactive activity

      By Jenny

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Stay At Home Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Indoor
      • Travel
      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

      I ordered these books for my 2 year old son. He likes reading the books and the activity of selecting an answer. The bear marker only sounds when the correct answer is selected. I like this feature, focuses on the good and no reaction when incorrect.

      My only unfavorable comment is that the bear has to be straight up and down to read the answer. It's challenging for a child to hold it completely straight up. I help him and it we get through it just fine.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Lovely ideas and books

      By veryhonestreviewer

      from sunnyvale ca

      About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Engaging

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

      I found the quality of the books very good! The size and thickness is right, the colors are very vibrant, and all the characters and animals are really cute. My baby is 20 months old and don't seem to understand all the questions but regardless she enjoyed. She also got very excited when she figured how the pen works.

      My only complaint is that as with my previous experience with an Educational Insights toy, the pen is not really ergonomic and hard to use for a toddler. Even the instruction has to emphasize that you have to hold it straight up in case people don't get it easily. It wouldn't be a big deal if it were for adults but when it's for babies and toddlers, I believe it should be a bit more effortless.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great concept

      By Mon

      from Naples, FL

      About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment
        • Indoor
        • Travel
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

        I love Hot Dots for my 5 year old daughter, but haven't done them with my 2 year old son yet. He loved these books. He is a huge book lover in the first place, but I think the interactive aspect of it made it even more intriguing. He loved when the pen would light up and play music when he answered correctly. Great concept. It's obviously something he can't do independently yet, but a fun exercise to do togethe

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great Educational Toy

        By Cnjfrancis

        from Western springs, IL

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Engaging
        • Interactive
        • Lots of Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Young Children

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

          My two year old loves books and was so excited to see Elliott light up when he got an answer correct! The questions were age appropriate and I look forward to purchasing the other books by Hot Dots.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          LOVE the books!

          By Jamie

          from IL

          About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

          Pros

          • Educational
          • Engaging
          • Interactive

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

            I love these books and would rate the books alone 5 stars. There are so few question & answer books appropriate for age 2; my daughter and I greatly enjoyed this type of engagement while reading. I would happily purchase other titles similar to these.
            However, the bear pen may need to be put away until she is a little bit older. She became frustrated when trying to use the pen as even when seemingly using it as instructed, the bear does not always easily chime to indicate the correct answer. The fault is really that there is no incorrect answer tone. If a child were able to determine they had just selected the wrong answer rather than no response (sometimes on the correct answer) there would be much less frustration.

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            4.0

            A fun read

            By Rebekah

            from Belleville Ont

            About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Indoor
            • Travel
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots® Tots Animals Interactive Board Book Set:

            My kids are really enjoying this product. When they see it in the room they reach for it again and again. The bear engaged them right away. I would like it if the bear did something to indicate incorrect answers, as the kids just though he wasn't working when he didn't do anything. I also think the front and back cover need to be thicker to keep still when pressure is applied. Those pages were the hardest for the bear to work correctly on.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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