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Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards

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Hot Dots Tots promotes a life-long love of reading with interactive board books that feature simple, engaging plots and age appropriate activities. With Teaching Bear as the guide, these sturdy books help your child easily grasp concepts such as: making comparisons; recognizing emotions; identifying colors, objects, shapes, and numbers; identifying family members, parts of the body, and more! Unique Hot Dots technology allows the child to touch the Teaching Bear directly on the correct answer picture to get a positive response. Each set includes two books + Teaching Bear. Ages 2+

The nitty-gritty:
Hot Dots Tots Teaching Bear
2 Board books
Bear requires 2 AAA batteries, not included.

Features

  • Hot Dots Tots Teaching Bear
  • 2 Board books
  • Bear requires 2 AAA batteries, not included.

Additional Info

379977

B348EF79

086002023315

2331

2 AAA batteries are required (not included)

1.1 pounds

12.0 x 8.0 x 2.6

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Average Customer Rating:

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Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards
 
4.0

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (24)
  • Interactive (24)
  • Engaging (23)
  • Durable (16)
  • Lots of fun (12)

Cons

  • Poor design (7)

Best Uses

  • Young children (18)
  • Indoor (14)
  • Entertainment (10)
  • Travel (7)
  • Special needs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (13), Parent of two or more children (12), First time parent (8), Working parent (8), Stay at home parent (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13), No (10)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

This interactive board book set is sure to appeal!

Having a two- and three year old at home, I can attest that these interactive board books are a great way to both fit in some reading time and make your kids feel involved...Read complete review

Having a two- and three year old at home, I can attest that these interactive board books are a great way to both fit in some reading time and make your kids feel involved in the learning process. The text poses very simple multiple choice questions (think, "Which picture shows a nose," followed by a picture of a nose, versus another body part) and asks kids to use Elliott the Bear to touch/press down on the correct image selection. If your child answers correctly, Elliott makes a noise. If not, he stays silent. My three year old nailed this concept fairly quickly and enjoyed doing something besides using her finger to point at a picture. My two year old took a bit longer to catch on but eventually grasped what she was supposed to do, thanks to her older sister's modeling. One big perk is that Elliott is easy to grasp, which is especially nice for little fingers that are still becoming accustomed to fine motor skills. In addition, even without Elliott, the illustrations in the two board books are colorful, fun, and definitely appeal to a younger audience. Finally, the books (and accompanying bear stylus) are compact enough to easily fit into a diaper bag or purse, which makes this the perfect take-along toy if you're waiting in line at the grocery store or are sitting in the pediatrician's office. A great idea for a stocking stuffer this holiday season!

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Making Story Time Fun With Elliot

My child has been using the Hot Dots Jr and Hot Dots materials for a few years. She enjoys the interactive element of the pen and I love the self-correcting aspect.
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My child has been using the Hot Dots Jr and Hot Dots materials for a few years. She enjoys the interactive element of the pen and I love the self-correcting aspect.

The Hot Dots Tots books and Elliot pen are very cute and age appropriate for 1-3 year olds. I like that the books can be used independently if you so choose. The stories are simple, but engaging, with pictures and stories that appeal to the younger set. The Elliot pen enhances the stories, but does need to be explained, and it does not work or sound when on the "wrong" element or with other books. Elliot is also not compatible with the other Hot Dots materials. Depending on your child, that may prove confusing or frustrating.
My child is now 5 and reading (mostly) independently. She liked the books, because, well, she loves all books, and she thought the pen was very cute. But the content was really appropriate for a much younger child. We'll be passing it on to her 1 and 3 year old cousins.

Overall, I love Hot Dots as a concept, but I think it's best used for older children (4- up) who have a better grasp on the abstract usage of the accompanying pen, as well as a stronger leaning toward academic work. I *can* recommend this set to those parents who are really into tech and love to get the latest and greatest educational toys for their youngsters.

I was furnished with a complimentary copy of Hot Dots Tots from Educational Insights for review purposes. All opinions are truthful and my own.

Reviewed by 28 customers

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5.0

Great product!

By A grandma

from Peoria, Il

About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Entertainment
    • Indoor
    • Special Needs
    • Young Children

    Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

    Very pleased.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Wonderful books!

    By Jamie

    from IL

    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Engaging
    • Interactive

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

      I received this set as a sample for review.
      I love the Hot Dots books! My two year old and I love having an opportunity to read the books in a question and answer format. Some of the questions are simple and she always seems to feel accomplished answering them correctly. Others are a bit more challenging, which gives us something to work on together. She loves the illustrations and regularly pulls out these books to look at on her own.
      The bear is not a great fit for us just yet. I think when my daughter is closer to three she may enjoy using the bear more. She becomes frustrated when the bear doesn't chime the first time on a correct answer. The fact that there is no "incorrect" chime for a wrong answer makes it more confusing if she doesn't have the bear positioned just right on the correct answer. Still a great concept, but she enjoys just pointing to the right answer at this age.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Love the books, pen needs some work

      By Jen

      from Round Lake, IL

      About Me First Time Parent

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Engaging
      • Interactive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoor
        • Travel
        • Young Children

        Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

        I received this from Educational Insights to provide an honest opinion on this toy.

        I really like the concept of this toy. The books that come with the set are very durable and the pictures in the books are nice and bright. There are two books included with this set. One is about visiting the doctor and the other is about a birthday party, both of which my daughter is very interested in.

        The bear pen is a cute idea but was difficult at times for my 2-year-old as the pen tip had to be placed just right on top of the correct answer for it to light up.

        Overall my child enjoyed the toy but the pen needs some work. - See more at: https://www.educationalinsights.com/product/hot+dots--174+tots+animals+interactive+board+book+set.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=fn&ecList=7&ecCategory=121823#customerreview

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        • No

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        4.0

        This interactive board book set is sure to appeal!

        By Katie Marsico

        from Elmhurst, IL

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

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoor
          • Travel
          • Young Children

          Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

          Having a two- and three year old at home, I can attest that these interactive board books are a great way to both fit in some reading time and make your kids feel involved in the learning process. The text poses very simple multiple choice questions (think, "Which picture shows a nose," followed by a picture of a nose, versus another body part) and asks kids to use Elliott the Bear to touch/press down on the correct image selection. If your child answers correctly, Elliott makes a noise. If not, he stays silent. My three year old nailed this concept fairly quickly and enjoyed doing something besides using her finger to point at a picture. My two year old took a bit longer to catch on but eventually grasped what she was supposed to do, thanks to her older sister's modeling. One big perk is that Elliott is easy to grasp, which is especially nice for little fingers that are still becoming accustomed to fine motor skills. In addition, even without Elliott, the illustrations in the two board books are colorful, fun, and definitely appeal to a younger audience. Finally, the books (and accompanying bear stylus) are compact enough to easily fit into a diaper bag or purse, which makes this the perfect take-along toy if you're waiting in line at the grocery store or are sitting in the pediatrician's office. A great idea for a stocking stuffer this holiday season!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

           
          5.0

          I highly recomended this book

          By Sarah

          from Torrance,Ca

          About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Stay At Home Parent

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Indoor

            Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

            I highly recommend this book for children,espacially for age between 2-3years old.Its an educational ,attractive way of learnning.The tone that my baby listen after pressing on the right answer make it very encourgeing way to read more and learn more.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Educational Story Time Addition

            By D. McCoy

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

            Pros

            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

              This product has been a fun addition during our evening story time ritual for our 2 year old. It The storyline includes questions that have two picture options as answers at the base of each page. Upon correctly identifying the picture, the bear chimes with music. The stories are age appropriate and a good learning tool to utilize along with the bedtime routine. Our two year old enjoys the novelty of having the bear to hold and interact with along with the story. The bear does require a decent amount of pressure for a two year old to be applied to the correct photo. The board books seem fit to take multiple pushes without leaving any indentations on the pages.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great interactive toy!

              By Mom to 3 girls

              from Chicagoland

              About Me Certified Teacher, Mom of 3

              Pros

              • Adorable Bear
              • Encourages Independence
              • Great Interactive Toy
              • Lovely Stories

              Cons

              • Needed Wrong Answer Sound

              Best Uses

              • Encorages Questions
              • Helps Recall Story Detail

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

              Great educational toy! My 2 year old loved being able to interact with the books by using the bear. It really got her talking more about what was happening in the pictures based on the photos at the bottoms of the page. My 2 year old also enjoyed being able to participate when her older sister read the story to her.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              3.0

              Great for 1-3 year olds. Pen doesn't always work.

              By Mom Sarah

              from Twin Cities, MN

              About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

              Pros

              • Educational
              • Engaging
              • Interactive
              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Travel
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

              I got the Hot Dots All About Me set a few weeks ago, since my kids have REALLY gotten into books and reading lately. I thought this would be nice for them to have a more exciting way to have interaction on their own with a book when my husband & I were busy cooking, etc. I have a 17-month old and a nearly 4-year old - and they both have engaged with the books and pen, but my 4-year old lost interest relatively quickly (like after the first day). I think mainly because the learnings in the book are more for 1-3 year old age span. My 17-month old doesn't have full recognition of what is "over vs. under", "brother vs. sister" - the types of lessons in these books - but she enjoys when the pen lights up if she happens to press in the correct spot :) I'm already seeing her remember some of what she has done before, so she is starting to learn where to push the pen and does play with it when we have it out. The pen lights up and plays a little tune.

              I'd give this more stars - but the bear pen seems finicky and doesn't want to work on every page...so you have to push down really hard sometimes, which makes little indents in the board-book material of the book.

              The lessons in the books and the idea around getting kids to interact with their books is great, though!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great learning tool!

              By Mom of Three

              from Chicago, IL

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

              Pros

              • Educational
              • Engaging
              • Interactive

              Cons

              • Somtimes Challenging

              Best Uses

              • Education
              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

              My 3-year-old-son loved this. It was fun and held his attention much better than anticipated. The different sections were engaging and on point with what he is learning at preschool. Some of the sections were harder for him than others (specifically, identifying lowercase vs. uppercase letters, and the sequencing sections), but overall it was a great mix of activities. My son loved seeing the pen light up and hear the sound when he got a correct answer. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an interactive, educational toy.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great book set and perfect for toddlers who want to "help"

              By Deb m

              from Riverside , Ca

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

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoor
                • Special Needs
                • Young Children

                Comments about Educational Insights Hot Dots Tots All About Me Story Boards:

                Love it ! I have a 2 year old and 4 year old who enjoy reading before bed. Perfect for them to "help" since my 4 year old is at that stage where he wants to to help. He holds the little bear and repeats the words. Great educational gift which I'm all about educational toys. I'm very pleased with this product.

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                • No

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