Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" the Talking Teaching Dog Pen
Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" the Talking Teaching Dog Pen

Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" the Talking Teaching Dog Pen

Item # EI-2350
Ages 4-6
$12.99
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by Educational Insights®
He barks, talks, and laughs with excitement as children use him. Part learning companion, part magic wand, "Ace" cheers for correct answers and gently redirects children when they answer incorrectly, allowing for independent discovery. He'll even surprise young learners with a wiggle and shake for extra reinforcement.

  • 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


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


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


  • Grades PreK+
  • Gold Award (highest level) from the NAPPA 2010
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    Hot Dots® Jr. "Ace" the Talking, Teaching Dog®
     
    3.4

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    72%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Lasting fun (12)
    • High quality (10)
    • Easy to assemble (9)
    • Interactive (6)

    Cons

    • Poor design (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home (19)
    • Travel (19)
    • Young children (12)
    • Outside (7)
    • Indoor (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Parent (29), Educator (13), Education oriented (9), Thrifty (6), Parent of two or more children (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24), Yes (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for Classroom Centers!

    I use these pens in a Literacy Workstation in my Kindergarten classroom and they have been going strong for a month now! The kids enjoy the buzzes and noises, and it has built their...Read complete review

    I use these pens in a Literacy Workstation in my Kindergarten classroom and they have been going strong for a month now! The kids enjoy the buzzes and noises, and it has built their fine motor skills by having them click on the bubble beside the correct answer. I will be using these in the word work center all year! The noise is quiet even at it's maximum - which is a good thing!!

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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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    3.0

    cute but broke

    By Mstev

    from St. Augustine Fl

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

    Hi there
    I bought a set a and an extra pen for my pre-k class. They loved them and so did I! Sad to say both pens stopped working within two months of buying them. I was very bummed! I changed the batteries and no luck:( I was told that the children had to be gentle with them which they were. What else can I try?

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    5.0

    Have several

    By Mom of 3

    from Alberta, Canada

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Colorful
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Variety

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • School
    • Young Children

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

    WE love the idea behind using these, we had some older products, a set of card and the kids broke the "pen" that came with that. WE have 3-4 of these kicking around now and it's nice to have some extras as the cards are useless without them. It's really nice to be able to set them up with the work and then let them work through it on their own or while you are doing your stuff. They can practice it as much as they want. Unlike workbooks they aren't "used up" and my next child, and next child can use it too.

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

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    5.0

    Fun and educational

    By Elena Z.

    from Mount Laurel, NJ

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Easy Storage
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

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

      My 4.5yo daughter really enjoys this pen. She likes hearing all the sounds (luckily mostly the good sounds). It doesn't seem like she's had any problems with it. I like that there are quite a few different card sets that go along with it. I feel like we'll get some good mileage out of it.

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

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      3.0

      Cute

      By Pediatric ot

      from Torrance

      About Me Educator

      Pros

      • Colorful
      • Easy Storage
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Delicate

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

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

      Gave this to my friends child to use, he liked it, but the pen doesn't seem sturdy, but so far it has lasted
      Not sure if I would use it in therapy

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

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      4.0

      good pen for hot dots jr. sets

      By aahaft

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Parent

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

      We received this Hot Dots pen for use with the Hot Dots Jr. Patterns and Sequencing set. My sons were attracted to the shape of the pen and it made them more likely to use the review cards without prompting. When the pen is placed on the black circles next to the possible answers on the flash cards it will give feedback on whether the answer is correct or incorrect. With dog whimpering or enthusiastic "Way to go!" I found my kids trying out all answers on each card just to see the pens response. There seems to be 5-6 possible correct and 5-6 incorrect responses from the pen including sayings, sounds and vibration. Although a bit top heavy the pen is easy to hold. It can not be used as a regular pen, only as a response pen for Hot Dot sets. It works with the grade k+ sets as well as the jr. sets although I have been told it may not work with Hot Dot sets for older children. The price point may be a bit steep but when choosing a Hot Dots pen this is a very fun choice.

      I received this item for review but all opinions are my own.

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

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      5.0

      Ace is cute and fun!

      By Pam

      from Cedar Falls Iowa

      About Me Educator

      Pros

      • Colorful
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

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

        My 4 yr old son loved the cute Ace hot dots jr pen. He enjoys the lights and sayings.

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

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        5.0

        Ace is a great dog

        By Ashley

        from Indiana

        About Me Parent

        Pros

        • Colorful
        • Easy Storage
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Variety
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Older Children
          • Young Children

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

          We have a few "ace" dogs from our hot dots kits. I love that you can change the volume, or from talking to noises. My 2 year old can easily use him as well as my 6 year old!

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

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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 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 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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            4.0

            Product adaption for autistic children

            By Lori

            from Osceola, In.

            About Me Educator

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

            I purchased this product and the learning cards for my client who has autistic tendencies and has had removal of half of his brain. We attend a facility where applied behavior analysis is used. Although I love the product and he is motivated by the lights, vibration and voice, he self stimulates by applying Ace to every dot. My suggestion would be that there is only a verbal response when a correct answer is given and no verbal response for a wrong answer. I would also like to see cards with less trials on each card. Autistic children do better with one task presented at a time.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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