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

6" Length - 2 "AAA" Batteries Required - Use With Hot Dots Jr. Card Sets  - View Complete Details

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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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3.3

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor design (6)

Best Uses

  • Home (19)
  • Travel (19)
  • Young children (13)
  • Outside (7)
  • Indoor (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (29), Educator (13), Education oriented (10), Thrifty (6), Parent of two or more children (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (19)

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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1.0

Defective pen

By 

from Naperville IL

About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

Pros

    Cons

    • Cheaply Made

    Best Uses

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

      Pen stopped working and says all correct answers are wrong. I changed batteries but still doesn't work. It is only a few months old.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Good if you can get it to work

      By 

      from NASHVILLE

      About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

      Pros

      • Educational

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Young Children

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

      I saw this and thought how engaging! My two year old was excited to get this home. We opened and he did about 20 flash cards without being bored. Overall it's a very educational item...if it works. Day 3 of trying to use "doggy" he started telling my son all his right answers were wrong
      I took the pen away which caused a melt down, but I didn't want you son confused. Changed batteries, did research and nothing. The pen is just defective and at this point I am not willing buy another one just to waste money. Wish they could ensure a better pen then the product would be great

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      cute but broke

      By 

      from St. Augustine Fl

      Comments about Datawatch 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?

       
      5.0

      Have several

      By 

      from Alberta, Canada

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Colorful
      • Easy to Use
      • Good Variety

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • School
      • Young Children

      Comments about Datawatch 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
       
      5.0

      Fun and educational

      By 

      from Mount Laurel, NJ

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Easy Storage
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

        Comments about Datawatch 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
         
        3.0

        Cute

        By 

        from Torrance

        About Me Educator

        Pros

        • Colorful
        • Easy Storage
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Delicate

        Best Uses

        • Young Children

        Comments about Datawatch 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
         
        4.0

        good pen for hot dots jr. sets

        By 

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Parent

        Comments about Datawatch 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
         
        5.0

        Ace is cute and fun!

        By 

        from Cedar Falls Iowa

        About Me Educator

        Pros

        • Colorful
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Young Children

          Comments about Datawatch 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
           
          5.0

          Ace is a great dog

          By 

          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 Datawatch 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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

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