Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes

6" x 4" - 36 Double-Sided Cards - Recommended Age 3-6 - View Complete Details

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Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes - Fun, colorful activities on 36 double-sided cards help prepare early learners for academic success. Use as traditional flashcards or combine with "Ace" the Talking, Teaching Dog (sold separately) for interactive learning with fun lights and encouraging sounds. 6 x 4 cards store neatly in a handy carrying case.

  • Fun, colorful activities on 36 double-sided cards help prepare early learners for academic success.
  • Use as traditional flashcards or combine with "Ace" the Talking, Teaching Dog (sold separately) for interactive learning with fun lights and encouraging sounds.
  • 6 x 4 cards store neatly in a handy carrying case.
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4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (13)
  • Engaging (11)
  • Interactive (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Lots of fun (7)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (13)
  • Young children (11)
  • Home (5)
  • Indoor (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (10), Parent of two or more children (9), Educator (5), Parent (5), Working parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Recommend!

My children love the Hot Dots alphabet cards. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and it is a great activity to work on grasping, visual discrimination, letter recognition, form constancy, and visual...Read complete review

My children love the Hot Dots alphabet cards. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and it is a great activity to work on grasping, visual discrimination, letter recognition, form constancy, and visual motor integration skills. For parents it is a great activity to work on independent learning and play, as the pen provides feedback as to whether or not the chosen answer is correct. My kids love when it lights up and makes a sound. If you want to do this activity in a quiet area, you can even turn the sound off and just see red or green lights to notify the child if the chosen answer is correct. The only thing I would change would be to have an option to only provide positive feedback (lights and sound) when the chosen answer is correct versus providing lights and sound for incorrect answers as well. I believe this would encourage increased attention to the task in a more desperate attempt to receive the auditory and visual feedback on the first attempt. Overall, I would recommend this product!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Would be great but...

I would love to say that we like this product. The idea is perfect and easy to understand the product BUT there's a major flaw.
The product isn't accurate at all times....Read complete review

I would love to say that we like this product. The idea is perfect and easy to understand the product BUT there's a major flaw.
The product isn't accurate at all times. Even if you know the correct answer (adult) and use the pen as precise as possible you still get the error message. When retrying several times I finally get a correct answer (green light). I bought this for my special needs child but havn't given it to him since it's too complicated to hold the pen exactly correct to get a reading and when you get the reading it's not certain it's the correct answer.
For an older child, or a child that will understand instructions it will possible be a great product. Unfortunately not for us, it's a pity because I really think it would work great if the quality or accuracy was higher.

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3.0

Engaging way to learn the alphabet for younger children

By 

from Chicago, IL

About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too easy for a 5-1/2 year old

Best Uses

  • Indoor
  • Travel
  • Young Children

Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

My 5-1/2 year old found this fun at first, but then realized it was too easy for her. I think it would have been great for her up to 5 years old. The box says its for ages 3-6, but I think that's stretching it. Although, I guess it depends on the child, how many years of preschool he/she had, and how much the parent works with the child at home.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

So cool

By 

from Lake Zurich, IL

About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

Pros

  • Educational
  • Engaging
  • Interactive
  • Lots of Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Entertainment
    • Young Children

    Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

    My son had a lot of fun with it. It got him engaged and of course he was learning too.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Recommended - Fun, educational product

    By 

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Interactive
    • Lots of Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

      These hot dots cards are a wonderful way to learn the alphabet. This product is a great educational tool to use at home or in a PreK classroom. The set creates many useful teaching moments that benefit children who are learning the alphabet. My children love using the hot dots pens with different hot dots sets and the Alphabet Cards are a great addition to our collection. My younger child (4) was given simple directions in the beginning and was able to work independently using this set to practice the alphabet. The directions were simple enough that when he needed help, my older child (6) could read it to him and give him assistance. My children already knew their alphabet when we tried this product, but they still enjoyed using it to practice their knowledge. Children who don't know the alphabet or letter sounds yet would benefit most from the learning experience if parents did the set alongside them. I would recommend this product. *I was provided this product in exchange for an honest review.*

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Recommend!

      By 

      from South Carolina

      Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

      My children love the Hot Dots alphabet cards. I am a pediatric occupational therapist and it is a great activity to work on grasping, visual discrimination, letter recognition, form constancy, and visual motor integration skills. For parents it is a great activity to work on independent learning and play, as the pen provides feedback as to whether or not the chosen answer is correct. My kids love when it lights up and makes a sound. If you want to do this activity in a quiet area, you can even turn the sound off and just see red or green lights to notify the child if the chosen answer is correct. The only thing I would change would be to have an option to only provide positive feedback (lights and sound) when the chosen answer is correct versus providing lights and sound for incorrect answers as well. I believe this would encourage increased attention to the task in a more desperate attempt to receive the auditory and visual feedback on the first attempt. Overall, I would recommend this product!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great ABC learning for Pre K and Kindergarten!

      By 

      from Cedar Falls, IA

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

      Pros

      • Educational
      • Engaging
      • Interactive
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

        Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

        These hot dots are wonderful! Very educational and engaging for the preschool/kindergarten age child. They have many different types of cards that teach the ABCs in a variety of ways.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great product!

        By 

        from Green castle, Indiana

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Educational
        • Engaging
        • Interactive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Young Children

          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

          These are great! I think these will be awesome on long car drives to visit our family! All you need is the cards and hot dots pen! My daughter in 1st grade can do these as well as my preschooler. Covers a wide age range!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Fun learning tool

          By 

          from Mount Laurel, NJ

          About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

          Pros

          • Educational
          • Engaging
          • Interactive
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoor
            • Travel
            • Young Children

            Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

            I think these cards are great for my 4.5yo. She understands patterns so it's great for her to know those answers, and the sequence sides give her something new to work on. I am intending to buy her another set of cards for her birthday. It's not something she uses every day, but she does enjoy them. They are portable (she even fits the pen in the box). It's great to have a different medium for learning other than computers, shows, and worksheets.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great for Preschoolers!

            By 

            from Cedar Falls, IA

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

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Young Children

              Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

              Great for Preschoolers !

              These patterning cards are great for ages 3-5. (You need to buy the pen separately though!) My 4 1/2 yr old enjoys doing school with these and will do 5 at a sitting. Great, colorful product!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              excellent learning tool

              By 

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc)

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Educational
              • Engaging

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                  This is one of my favorite Hot Dots sets. Although I wish it came with the required Hot Dots pen, this Hot Dots Jr. patterns and sequencing is an excellent learning tool. 36 coated cardstock cards arrived in an hard cardboard box with velcro closure and fabric carrying handle for long term use and abuse by the suggested pre-k aged children. Each double sided card comes with a sequencing or pattern equation on top and a choice of 3 possible answers on the bottom. Next to each possible solution there is a black dot. When the Hot Dots pen (NOT included) is placed on the dot, it will tell the child if they have the correct or incorrect answer. This set is excellent for reinforcing both pattern and sequencing concepts and I would recommend it to both parents and therapists. The 3yo enjoyed the pens feedback when using although some cards were a bit difficult for him. The 6yo enjoyed it a lot and was able to answer most cards with each. I even used the sequencing cards with my 8yo to help with comprehension and storytelling. An excellent, well made educational tool.
                  I received this item for review but all opinions are my own.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Learning Toy

                  By 

                  from Grayslake, Il

                  About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                  Pros

                  • Educational
                  • Engaging
                  • Interactive
                  • Lots of Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment
                    • Indoor
                    • Travel
                    • Young Children

                    Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                    Great interactive learning toy for my 4 year old son. He has the cat books and loved doing the cards this time around. I love that the cat from the books works with the cards as well as the dog works with the cat books. He enjoyed the cards and I felt he was challenged as well. The carrying case was great to travel with and the pen fit in the box so everything stayed together nicely.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent product for both home and school

                    By 

                    from NY

                    About Me Education Oriented, Working Parent

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Educational
                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoor
                      • Special Needs
                      • Travel
                      • Young Children

                      Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                      I recently received these Hot Dots Sequencing cards in exchange for an honest review. I've been using them for several weeks in my job as an SLP and my preschool clients love them! There is a range of skill level, from basic ABABAB patterns up to AABAAB and ABCABC patterns, and also basic sequencing groups, in terms of what comes first, what comes next, etc. within groups of three story pictures. I also use the pictures to work on vocabulary, categorizing and basic narratives. My clients find the pictures engaging, and we use the cards both with and without the pen. With the pen, these cards would be a great activity for traveling in a car or airplane too. They have a carrying case with a nice closure too so the cards don't spill out.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                       
                      4.0

                      Great interactive learning toy for a pre-schooler

                      By 

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Educational
                      • Engaging
                      • Interactive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Young Children

                        Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                        My 3.5 year old son really enjoyed the cards and the pen. It's a great learning toy and he got a kick out of the talking pen. I think the price point is fair as well.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Great Way to Learn!

                        By 

                        from Apache, OK

                        About Me Homeschool, Parent

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Assemble
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Educational
                        • Entertaining
                        • High Quality
                        • Lasting Fun

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Outside
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          My child is thoroughly enjoying learning while utilizing this great educational learning tool. It allows her to learn individually giving me some time to focus on our next project. We both love this learning tool! Great fun!!!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          4.0

                          Very Nice Product

                          By 

                          from Dayton,NJ

                          About Me Educator, Parent

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Assemble
                          • Easy To Use
                          • High Quality
                          • Lasting Fun

                          Cons

                          • Lifeless
                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Outside

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          I really like how this product gives me an additional way to teach in my classroom! The cards are great for helping the children to review and in some cases learn to identify various colors! The only con that I have found in this product is that the cards can be bent or damaged easily. I wonder if they can be laminated!!??? The children in my classroom like the counting card set most of all!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Would be great but...

                          By 

                          from Sweden

                          About Me First Time Parent

                          Pros

                          • Educational
                          • Engaging
                          • Great idea

                          Cons

                          • Hard to use
                          • Not accurate
                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel
                          • Young Children

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          I would love to say that we like this product. The idea is perfect and easy to understand the product BUT there's a major flaw.
                          The product isn't accurate at all times. Even if you know the correct answer (adult) and use the pen as precise as possible you still get the error message. When retrying several times I finally get a correct answer (green light). I bought this for my special needs child but havn't given it to him since it's too complicated to hold the pen exactly correct to get a reading and when you get the reading it's not certain it's the correct answer.
                          For an older child, or a child that will understand instructions it will possible be a great product. Unfortunately not for us, it's a pity because I really think it would work great if the quality or accuracy was higher.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          A great way to learn through review!

                          By 

                          from atlanta, ga

                          About Me Education Oriented, Educator

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lasting Fun

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy
                          • Not laminated

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Reviewing
                          • School
                          • Special help
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          I really like how this product gives me an additional way to teach in my classroom! The cards are great for helping the children to review and in some cases learn to identify various colors! The only con that I have found in this product is that the cards can be bent or damaged easily. I wonder if they can be laminated!!??? The children in my classroom like the counting card set most of all!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A great way to learn through review!

                          By 

                          from atlanta, ga

                          About Me Education Oriented, Educator, Pre-k teacher, Professional

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Kids love it
                          • Lasting Fun

                          Cons

                          • Easy
                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • School
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          I really love using all of the Hot Dots Jr. products in my classroom because the children use these products with great ease and not much instruction. The Shapes card set does seem to be the most simple for the children so they quickly switch to another set of the cards but they are still very useful for matching and recognition!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                           
                          5.0

                          A great way to learn through review!

                          By 

                          from atlanta, ga

                          About Me Education Oriented, Educator, Pre-k teacher

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • High Quality
                          • Independent learning
                          • Lasting Fun
                          • Matching
                          • Recognition
                          • Review

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • Alternative instruction
                          • Centers
                          • Review
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                          I really like how this product gives me an additional way to teach in my classroom! The cards are great for helping the children to review and in some cases learn to identify various colors! The only con that I have found in this product is that the cards can be bent or damaged easily. I wonder if they can be laminated!!???

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great set mid-level Beginner

                          By 

                          from San Antonio, TX

                          About Me Parent

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                            The Hot Dots numbers & counting are a great mid-level intro to numbers and counting. This set is great for children who have a basic grasp of counting and can identify at least a few numbers visually. My son began using this set when he could visually identify numbers 1-5 and verbally count up to 15. I think that, unless you are an extremely patient parent, if you tried to introduce these cards to a child with no number knowledge you'd just get a very frustrated child.
                            Ace, the Talking, Teaching Dog Pen doesn't come with the set, but can be purchased separately, and is very fun for the kids...sometimes too fun. Occasionally, when my son doesn't feel like doing anything he'll just press all the wrong answers because he thinks the incorrect sounds are funny.
                            *I was sent this product at no cost to myself, in order to provide a review of it on my blog, Oh So Savvy Mom.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Great for Pre-K!

                            By 

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Parent

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Datawatch Hot Dots Jr. Card Set Shapes:

                              The cards are both simple and complex so they can grow with your child. For example there are cards where you have to complete the sequence of a boy dropping a plate, seeing it in two pieces and then gluing it back together – the first spot is blank and you have to choose the boy dropping a plate out of the three choices. It is relatively easy from the choices but it does make kids think. Then there are shapes and patterns to complete. My boys are 3 and 4 and while many of the cards are a little hard for them they are picking up quickly.
                              The whole patterns and sequencing set great though for Pre-K as my boys are just learning that in preschool now. So I am hoping they will be ahead if not at least in line with the rest of the class. Hot Dots really are a fun yet educational product for kids. I also love how the Patterns and Sequencing set comes in a nice cardboard box with handle to take with you on the go! You can then fill it with other Hot Dot card sets or stick the Hot Dot pen in it! Overall, I really like the Hot Dots concept and will be adding to our collection!

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                              • No

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