Hot Dots Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog

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Hot Dots Jr. "Ace" - the Talking, Teaching Dog - Use with Hot Dots® Jr. card sets (sold separately) to create a fun, interactive learning activity. Ace talks, laughs, lights up and buzzes with excitement as children explore. Easy-to-use and designed for small hands, simply press the pen down on the card to answer and receive feedback. Requires two AAA batteries, not included.

  • Use with Hot Dots® Jr. card sets (sold separately) to create a fun, interactive learning activity.
  • Ace talks, laughs, lights up and buzzes with excitement as children explore.
  • Easy-to-use and designed for small hands, simply press the pen down on the card to answer and receive feedback.
  • Requires two AAA batteries, not included.
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3.2

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Lasting fun (10)
  • High quality (8)
  • Easy to assemble (7)
  • Interactive (6)

Cons

  • Poor design (5)

Best Uses

  • Home (19)
  • Travel (18)
  • Young children (7)
  • Outside (5)
  • Indoor (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (23), Educator (9), Education oriented (8), Thrifty (6), Parent of two or more children (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (15)

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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4.0

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

By 

from Slaughter, Louisiana

About Me Educator

Pros

  • Colorful
  • Easy Storage
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • School
    • Young Children

    Comments about Datawatch 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
     
    1.0

    Pens dont work

    By 

    from Counil bufs, Ia

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Good idea

    Cons

    • Junk

    Best Uses

    • Young Children

    Comments about Datawatch 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
     
    4.0

    Product adaption for autistic children

    By 

    from Osceola, In.

    About Me Educator

    Comments about Datawatch 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
     
    1.0

    Great product but pen stopped working after a month

    By 

    from Wilmington, DE

    About Me Parent

    Pros

      Cons

      • Broken
      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

      Comments about Datawatch 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
       
      3.0

      Ace only says "nope" incorrect "sorry"

      By 

      from crisfield MD

      About Me Grandparent

      Pros

      • Books Well Made And Durab

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cuddle Time
        • Home
        • Outside
        • Travel

        Comments about Datawatch 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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        "Ace" the talking dog no longer working

        By 

        from Orando, FL

        About Me Parent

        Pros

          Cons

          • Lifeless

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Datawatch 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
           
          3.0

          Ace is not working appropriately

          By 

          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 Datawatch 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
           
          5.0

          Great Toy

          By 

          from Chicago, IL

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

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Indoor
            • Travel

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

            We received this along with the Princess wand, which my daughter loves. She's 4.5 years old and I found that this is too easy for her she knew all of the answers, so I try to improvise by talking about each object on the card and giving her some extra information... I would definitely recommend this to parents with kids getting ready to go to preschool or barely starting preschool. The carry-on box is also handy, I personally don't like toys with many pieces but toys that come with something handy like a briefcase or a box with a handle to store all the pieces are always a plus for me.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great gift for preschoolers!

            By 

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Special Needs
              • Travel
              • Young Children

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

              My preschooler loves these! She received the princess wand pen from EI as well. These are the perfect level of challenging for her - some she's mastered, other she's still learning to master. She loves the cards just as they are - as a mom of a toddler and a preschooler - I kind of wish they were on a large ring or in book form. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the cards. The box they arrive km is sturdy and certainly acceptable for storage - but the individual cards turn up on various places occasionally. All in all - these cards in combination with a pen of choice would make an excellent gift for any preschooler!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              2.0

              Fun for the first two uses

              By 

              from Chattanooga, TN

              About Me Educator, Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Datawatch 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
                 
                5.0

                Fun and educational learning cards set

                By 

                from Redondo Beach, CA

                About Me Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children

                Pros

                • Educational
                • Engaging
                • Interactive
                • Lots of Fun

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Entertainment
                  • Indoor
                  • Travel
                  • Young Children

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

                  We received the Hot Dots, Jr. Beginning Science as a gift for our 3 kids ages 4.5 and 3 yr old twins. They love the challenge of finding the correct answer. I can either read the question to them or they can figure out what the match is on the card. Questions are engaging, thoughtful and allows them to ask me questions about the animal or plant on the card. Like where do potatoes grow? Or where does a bunny live? Then the typical toddler/preschooler question.... But why? I wish it came with its own wand. It comes separately. We did receive the magical wand with with the box and the wand fits inside the box which is great so the cards and wand won't get separated. This set will be great for rainy days, car trips, busy bag activities and anytime a busy mom needs a break.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  1.0

                  Cheap!

                  By 

                  from Issaquah, WA

                  About Me Parent

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Datawatch 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
                   
                  1.0

                  Not worth the disappointment

                  By 

                  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 Datawatch 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
                     
                    1.0

                    Ace dog not working

                    By 

                    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 Datawatch 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
                     
                    5.0

                    Makes Learning Fun

                    By 

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Education Oriented, Parent, Thrifty

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • High Quality
                    • Lasting Fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Outside
                      • Travel

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

                      I received Ace the Talking, Teaching Dog for the purpose of this review. Regardless, all thoughts and opinions are purely my own.

                      My daughter loves using Ace to practice and develop both pre-reading skills and pre-math skills. I have been looking for something to interest her, since she is a reluctant learner. I also didn't want to resort to tablets and screen time. This has been a great way for my daughter to feel like she is playing an electronic game without electronics.

                      I have to remind her not just to push every dot to find the right answers, but I have been pleased by the learning she has done.

                      My older daughter is really too old for Ace, but since she loves dogs, she wants an Ace for her very own.

                      Overall, I am thankful to Ace for making learning fun for my reluctant learner.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Works Fantastic!

                      By 

                      from West Seneca, NY

                      About Me Parent

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Travel

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

                        My son really loves his pen! I think they work fantastic. They allow my son to be an independent learner, since he is a very independent 5 year old. They work very well. He put the pen on the black dot of the answer he chose and it will turn green and give him positive reinforcement if he is correct! If he has the answer wrong it will turn red and tell him to try again.
                        He loves dogs so it makes him love it even more.

                        I am a HUGE fan of all the Hot Dots Jr and the Hot Dots collection. It has helped my son flourish with his school work and he is doing so well in school.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Some Work, Some Don't

                        By 

                        from Orem, UT

                        About Me Parent

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Assemble
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Positive Encouragement

                        Cons

                        • All Pens Don't Work

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Travel

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

                        I have several Ace pens because I have several Hot Dots Jr. kits. Some worked and some didn't. Luckily you can use one pen for all the books. This is also nice because then you don't have to find the ONE pen that works with each specific book. It is a bummer when the pen doesn't work when it is brand new though. If I didn't receive several Hot Dots Jr. packages and had to wait for a replacement pen to be sent to me I would be really bummed! For $20/kit you would assume your pen would work. Let's hope all my pens don't end up debarking.

                        I like how positive Ace is and how even though you may have the incorrect answer he is still kind about it. Actually my son thinks it is kind of funny to him him saye, "Nope!" or wimper.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        1.0

                        Didn't work for more than a few times

                        By 

                        from Sooke, BC

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Assemble

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

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

                          My son is frustrated that he gets everything wrong. Even when he's right the pen tells him he's wrong. It's very confusing because it did actually work a few times. Very confused, frustrated, and disappointed little boy.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                           
                          5.0

                          My son loves Ace

                          By 

                          from WI

                          About Me Education Oriented, Parent, Thrifty

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • High Quality
                          • Lasting Fun

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Travel

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

                            Ace is so cute and he works great with all of the Hot Dots sets. My son just loves using Ace to learn reading and Math.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes
                             
                            5.0

                            We love Ace

                            By 

                            from Maplewood, NJ

                            About Me Parent, Thrifty

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Travel

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

                              We love Ace, we took this on the road with us this summer and he was perfect in the car. The kids love that his eyes light up when they are right and I love how easy he is for them to hold.

                              I also feel he helps teach them how to properly hold a pen so it's a bonus on that front as well.

                              I haven't had any problems with him and I feel his battery has lasted a long time. So happy with this purchase.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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