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+
  • Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Product 2010
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    Product Instructions

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    Hot Dots® Jr. Pen (266k file)

    Aligned to:
  • SL.K.2. Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.

  • SL.K.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

  • SL.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • SL.1.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

  • SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

  • SL.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
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    Educational InsightsHot Dots® Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog®
     
    2.8

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    57%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Lasting fun (9)
    • Easy to assemble (8)
    • High quality (7)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)

    Best Uses

    • Home (19)
    • Travel (15)
    • Outside (5)
    • Young children (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent (24), Education oriented (8), Educator (7), Thrifty (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18), Yes (11)

    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

     

    Ace does not work on big kids cards

    Ace DOES NOT work on the "Big Kid" cards. I have tried at three to confirm this. It would be nice if the manufacturer would state this plainly somewhere.

    Ace DOES NOT work on the "Big Kid" cards. I have tried at three to confirm this. It would be nice if the manufacturer would state this plainly somewhere.

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    4.0

    Does Ace the dog need to be cleaned routinely to work proper

    By Pre-k young

    from Slaughter, Louisiana

    About Me Educator

    Pros

    • Colorful
    • Easy Storage
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • School
      • Young Children

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

      We purchased the Hot Dots Jr. Phonics and math sets a couple of years ago for our Pre-k class to use and they have loved it! The only problem now is that one of the Ace dogs isn't working properly. We have changed batteries to see if that would help, but no success. Is there any other suggestions as to what we can do to get him working properly again?

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Pens dont work

      By Steve

      from Counil bufs, Ia

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Good idea

      Cons

      • Junk

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

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

      Bought my kids the hot dots Jr and "ace" says everything is correct. As you can see these aren't cheap and they don't work. I've cleaned the tip and changed the batteries. Still doesn't work.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      1.0

      Great product but pen stopped working after a month

      By Catherine

      from Wilmington, DE

      About Me Parent

      Pros

        Cons

        • Broken
        • Difficult to Use

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

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

        My 3 year old son loves using the Hot Dots Jr., but the dog pen stopped working. It only says no and incorrect on all of the answers, including the right ones. A little frustrating for our little learner.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Ace only says "nope" incorrect "sorry"

        By cakes

        from crisfield MD

        About Me Grandparent

        Pros

        • Books Well Made And Durab

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cuddle Time
          • Home
          • Outside
          • Travel

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

          love the concept and is child friendly my grandaughter loves this educational toy, but the ace says "wrong" every time, even when pressing the correct entry

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          1.0

          "Ace" the talking dog no longer working

          By Reeces Pieces

          from Orando, FL

          About Me Parent

          Pros

            Cons

            • Lifeless

            Best Uses

            • Travel

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

            My son received "Ace the talking dog" and workbooks from his grandparents. He is 3 and eager to learn. My son was excited when he received the correct answers.The first two days were great. Ace worked great, but after the second day, every answer he chose was wrong (even the correct answers). I thought maybe there was a special way he had to hold the pen; however, when I selected the right answer it did not work for me either. Now, my son is no longer interested in the workbooks. :(

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            3.0

            Ace is not working appropriately

            By Diana

            from Bethlehem, PA

            About Me Grandparent

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fun For The Children
            • Good Learning Experience

            Cons

            • Ace Stopped Working
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Travel

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

            My granddaughter received Hot Dogs Jr. math pre-k book 1 and the Ace pen for Christmas. She immediately enjoyed the activity and it has been helpful preparing her for kindergarten soon. I was looking into purchasing the Hot Dogs Jr. kindergarten activity. However, Ace stopped working and he responds to the correct answers as incorrect. I am concerned on whether to purchase another pen and the other activity books. I've just read other reviews and it seems the pen has become defective with other consumers. Is this going to be an ongoing issue even if I purchase a replacement? As I previously stated it was a gift for Christmas so her parents and I do not have any receipts. If the pen could be improved I would definitely give this activity a higher rating.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            2.0

            Fun for the first two uses

            By Tammy P.

            from Chattanooga, TN

            About Me Educator, Parent

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

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

              I really liked the promise this product showed. My sons got Ace with the Kindergarten Math kit for their birthdays. Unfortunately, after two uses, Ace is now saying that EVERYTHING is wrong. Really disappointed.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              1.0

              Cheap!

              By Nancy

              from Issaquah, WA

              About Me Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Home

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

              After only 1 day of play the pen no longer worked. Kept giving positive/green lights even when my son answered incorrectly. I switched the batteries and the problem continued. He did not play rough with it as I was with him the entire time to play. Sad that this toy only lasted 1 day. Disappointed!!!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              1.0

              Not worth the disappointment

              By Educator and Parent

              from League City, TX

              About Me Educator, Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Encorages Reading
              • Kids Enjoyed Reading

              Cons

              • Limited Use
              • Pen Stopped Working

              Best Uses

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

                I purchased this pen and within 12 hours the pen stopped working properly. I was reading with my daughter and all of a sudden the pen started saying all of the answers were correct. I checked the batteries and reinserted them, however, no luck. Even though the pen isn't overly expensive, it shouldn't stop working after 2 uses. I wish I would have read the reviews prior to purchasing and would have saved myself some money. Too bad...the idea behind is is great.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                1.0

                Ace dog not working

                By Dinesh

                from Chicago

                About Me Parent

                Pros

                • Easy To Assemble
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Dog Not Working In 6 Mos

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Outside
                • Travel

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

                Product is great when working. The dog stopped working in 6 months

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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