16.8.12

Educational Insights Hot Dots Review & Giveaway

We most enjoy reviewing items that are not only fun, but educational. We recently decide to give homeschooling a try (I'll touch more on this very soon!) and now I find myself looking even more for toys with educational value. This is why I love Educational Insights so much. They have some amazing toys and products for kids that keep them entertained and learning at the same time. We had a chance to review the Hot Dots Jr. "Ace" the Talking, Teaching Dog and it was a huge hit with the boys.

About Hot Dots Jr.
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
My Thoughts
As soon as the kids saw what was in the Educational Insights box, they had to play with it immediately. I love that the card sets come in a carrying case, which means we can store them (aka- keep up with them!!!), which is a major plus since everything gets lost with kids around. This way we can play with this over and over again without cards going missing.
We luckily had the AAA batteries and got Ace working right away. I choose Beginning Numbers & Counting and Beginning Science for the boys and thought this was something they would enjoy and would be age-appropriate. Josiah and Liam sat on the floor and I explained what to do with the first set of cards, which was Beginning Science. These cards ended up being a huge hit. The Hot Dots Jr. kits are for ages 3-5 and since Liam is about to be 3 next month, both boys fall under this age-range and love it! Both were able to easily complete the tasks and clapped for each other every time they got an answer correct. The Beginning Numbers & Counting was a little over Liam's head for now, but something Josiah was learning in school at pre-K, so he liked showing off his math skills. I think Liam will be able to do these in only a few months or so.
The kids still enjoy playing with Ace, so this is definitely given high marks as a great educational and entertaining item for kids. Plus, when Josiah outgrows this one, I can move him up to the next level of cards with the Hot Dots sets. This will be very helpful with homeschooling and a fun activity for him to do between working and studying.

Do you have a child who would love their own Hot Dots set? 
Thanks to Educational Insights, One Lucky CTM Reader Will Receive Their Choice of Hot Dots Pens (Hot Dots Jr. Ace the Talking, Teaching Dog Pen, Kat the Talking Kitty Pen (both for ages 3-5) or the Hot Dots Pen (Ages 6-10)! PLUS, the Winner Can Also Choose A Card Set to Go Along with the Pen!!

Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. This giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ years and will end on Friday, August 31st at 11:59pm! Good Luck!

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34 comments:

catly27 said...

i like Ace the dog pen

Diddlepoyner said...

I like Kat the Talking Kitty Pen

Bethany C. said...

We would want kat the kitty.

Michelle Macaluso said...

Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Kitty

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Paula L. said...

Hot Dots Jr. Ace (the dog).

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Bonnye said...

Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Kitty for SURE!!

Sylvia said...

I like Ace
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degood said...

Hot Dots Pen

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mummytotwoboys said...

I would like Hot Dots Jr Ace the dog if I was lucky enough to win :))

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Teh Doll said...

Kat =)

Lynne said...

The HOt Dots Jr. Kat pen please! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Lacey Crochet said...
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Lacey Crochet said...

Hot dots** would be awesome!

Barker's Momma said...

I would pick Ace the dog.

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Colleen M said...

I would choose the Hot Dots Jr.Ace (The dog) pen.

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Penniless Teacher said...

I love Kit the Kitty

lisa said...

Hot Dots Pen for ages 6-10yrs

Kohaku said...

The Kat. :D

debijackson said...

kat the kitty debbie jackson,
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Krystal said...

I would choose the Hot Dots Pen.

Crystal Irvin said...

Hot Dots Jr. Ace (the dog)

Amy B said...

Hot Dots Jr. Ace

Ashley said...

Hot dots pen!

mframe said...

Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Kitty
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mframe said...

Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Kitty
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katychick said...

Ace the dog for my son
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Anne N. said...

Hot Dots Jr. Ace the dog.

Lynn B said...

I would want Hot Dots Jr. Ace, the dog.

Amanda said...

I'd want the Hot Dots Jr. Kat the Kitty.
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Rachel said...

hot dog pen for ages 6-10

Sandy VanHoey said...

I would want Kat the talking kitty

Karen Hewitt said...

The Dog!

Kelly Tillotson said...

we would choose ace!
thanks!
*kelly
kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

jmajor4870 said...

i like hat the kitty our cats name is kitkat

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