“Educational Insights is a leading manufacturer of learning toys and innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms worldwide. For nearly 50 years, Educational Insights has been a trusted source for teachers and parents for quality, award-winning educational products in math, science, social studies, language, language arts, reading, early childhood, Spanish, ELL, ESL teaching and classroom management.”
Educational Insights “products invite children to explore fine motor skills, social skills, creativity, theme-based learning, imaginative play, time telling, money math and measurement. Product brands include Hots Dots, PlayFoam, GeoSafari, ReMARKable, Classroom Jeopardy, Teaching Tiles and Smart Talk.”
“Product types include games, puzzles, card games, board games, wooden puzzles, classroom kits, electronics, reading manipulatives, math manipulatives, pocket charts, activity books, activity kits, science kits, teacher resources and classroom organization tools.”
I have had the opportunity to test out the Hot Dots Jr Getting Ready For School Set that is recommended for ages 4-6 years old.
Hot Dots Jr lets your preschooler practice learning skills with a special dog styles/pen that provides reward and encouragement for correct answers and feedback for incorrect answers.
My 4 year old absolutely loves Hot Dot Jr. I find that as per the Educational Insights recommendations that it is best to have her play with her Hot Dots Jr for a few minutes every day so that it stays fun and rewarding for her. She keeps going back to her Hot Dots Jr and I feel really good about her playing with it. I also love seeing her so happy and having so much fun while learning.
There are two reviews of this product on the Educational Insights website. The one review is very positive. The other review the individual just complained about the Hot Dots Jr pen not working properly. I can reassure you that our Hot Dots Jr pen works perfectly. If you happen to receive a defective pen, just email Educational Insights as they have amazing customer service.
Details of the Hot Dots Jr are as follows:
*Targets colors, letters, numbers, shapes, patterns and more in an engaging game play format
*Features Ace – the Talking, Teaching Dog™ – an interactive stylus that uses fun sound effects, encouraging phrases, and blinking lights to guide children through 160 different activities; additional pens available separately to allow multiple children to use kit at once
*Provides immediate feedback that rewards progress and corrects mistakes so children can learn at their own pace
*Includes 80 richly illustrated, double-sided Activity Cards that are pressure-sensitive and work with Talking Hot Dots® Pen
*Pen requires 2 AAA batteries, not included
Courtesy of Educational Insights, one of my lucky fans is going to be the winner of their very own Hot Dots Jr Getting Ready For School Set. Retail Value before shipping is $39.99.
The contest is open to residents of Canada & the USA who are over the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18 then please ask your parent or guardian to enter for you. The contest closes on September 23rd, 2011 at 9:00pm Pacific Time.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Visit Educational Insights and then come back and leave me a comment as to what item you would like me to review.
2. Like Educational Insights on Facebook. Then come back and leave a separate comment letting me know that you have done this.
3. Like MomMomOnTheGo on Facebook. Then come back and leave a separate comment letting me know that you have done this.
4. Share the contest on Facebook and/or Twitter. Share as much as you like but you can only come back and leave one separate daily comment to count as an entry.
Please remember to come back and leave separate comments for each entry as the program that randomly picks a winner does so from each comment and cannot recognize the content within the comment.
The winner will be notified by email. In order for the winner to claim the prize they must respond to the winning email within 24 hours from the sent time on the email. If a response is not received in time then that person will be disqualified and a new winner will be drawn. The same rules apply to all re-draws. If you want to ensure that you receive emails from me then I suggest that you add my email address to your safe senders list.
The prize is for the Hot Dots Jr Set. You are not allowed to exchange it for any other product, take cash or have credit instead of the prize. Please only enter if you wish to win the Hot Dots Jr.
I truly think this is an amazing product and I think that you will also. I love educational toys. There is nothing better than watching your child having fun while learning.
Good Luck to everyone.