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Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Interactive Storybooks, 4-Book Set with Ace Pen
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- Take a trip with Ace and Kat! Four interactive adventure books allow little ones to practice critical preschool skills while also enjoying story time.
- Each of the 4 richly illustrated 24-page storybooks features 10 activities that cover the alphabet, numbers, counting, shapes, colors, and more!
- Press Ace to an answer dot-he offers affirmative "ruffs" and encouraging words for correct responses, and gentle redirection for incorrect responses.
- Helps develop critical early learning skills and provides confidence-building feedback. Encourages self-paced independent learning.
- Includes 4 Ace and Kat storybooks with 44 interactive activities, and Ace-the Talking, Teaching Dog pen. Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).
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This is billed as something to help kids get ready for school. The Amazon page says 4+, but the box says ages 3-6. It's clearly aimed at pre-readers. But you have to be able to read in order to play with it. If you can't read the question, you don't know which dots to find so I have to sit with my 4-year-olds when they play with this. That's fine except that if I'm right there, they don't need the pen to tell them if they're pointing to a circle. The kids do like tapping the pen though.
Also, one of the books has a story that has you turning pages in the middle of each sentence. This doesn't work well if you have to stop to do the activity before you turn the page. The kid has forgotten the sentence that last word completes.
The four main learning exercises are pretty decent. They range from dealing with letters, shapes, colors, and numbers.
The illustrations are pretty good. They are the best thing about this book er four pamphlets.
The talking pen itself has a decent cartoony design.
The paper quality of the pamphlets aren't bad. They are glossy and colorful.
If you don't feel that digital gadgets like tablets and computers are good for your child, then this is the gadget for you. It's a good blend of analog and digital.
The stories aren't bad, but they aren't good either. In general they don't really stand on their own in terms of being something interesting to read.
The price is fair. It's not inexpensive, but nor is it exorbitant.
I agree with another reviewer's opinion that these books aren't really reading aids, but just learning aids; meaning while they help children learn some really important basic concepts, they're not primarily for helping them improve their reading skills. This isn't really a bad thing, but it doesn't match the product description.
It is not a four book set. It is a four small pamphlet set. The pamphlets are small enough so that they could have easily been combined into a single book.
Keeping the above point in mind, I really didn't like it that the stories were bound as pamphlets instead of books. Yes it would probably increase the price. Yes they do include a decent box to keep everything in. However none of that really makes up for separating everything into four separate, cheap pamphlets. A nice hardcover really does make a difference for a children's book.Read more ›
Planning to making this a standard birthday gift :)
The Hot Dogs Jr., instead, features up to 5 large black dots across each spread of two pages, and you can only touch one of those dots. And the manufacturer calls these dots "answer dots," indicating that they're to be used to answer the question on the spread. So, you can NOT have Ace the Dog read the stories to you. Instead, your kid is supposed to read each page spread, and touch the answer dots in response to the question afterwards.
In reality, my youngest kid, in the target range of this product (3-6 years), ends up using this as a toy. He does not read the words on the pages. He simply looks at the question and pushes Ace the Dog onto the dots so he can listen to the sound effects. This is perhaps not a good way to teach a kid how to read. I always wonder if young girls would use a toy like this differently, probably a little more productively?
The four books are actually well written and illustrated. Written and illustrated by women, the stories probably appeal more to girls than boys, too. I enjoyed the stories, but not my little boy.
For the price, and if you have a kid who really likes to read, this may be a good toy to have, or even to gift. But if you want more in-depth interactions, you'll need to look into the Tag product line, which, of course, can get very expensive because of the Tag book costs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought the toy would actually help to sound out letters and words but it only confirms correct or incorrect answers. Not as useful as expected.Published 2 months ago by jewelsf80
It is too difficult for a preschooler - he or she will need assistance with the whole activity. If the product has been unused for a long period of time, it will malfunction and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really like the concept off the hot dots and my two daughters seem to really enjoy them. But the pens that we have like to kick a fit and tell you that every answer is right (we... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dustwillkese
Love this set. Think it's very good for super hyper and active 4year olds.Published 7 months ago by Venessa Brown