Hot Dots Review – Hands on with the electronic learning pen
An electronic learning pen, that’s easy to use, simple to store, and cheap to expand. I may be in love.
What got tested: Hot Dots Pen, and Hot Dots Junior Maths cards.
By: Son#2, age 5 1/2 years.
Why: I was sent them to review by Learning Resources – all views and opinions remain my own.
What’s in the box: A chunky electronic pen, which requires 2 AA batteries. Set the tip of the pen into a black answer dot and the pen lights up green if you’ve got it right and red if you’ve got it wrong. Son#2 tested it with a set of Hot Dots Junior Numbers & Counting cards, for ages 3-6 years.
How the test went: Son#2 discovered this set in his bedroom, after I had put him to bed. It was a weekend night so I let him get on with it, and in any case I like the kids to review toys whenever the mood takes them, rather than when I tell them to, because then I get a better idea of whether they like it.
He figured out how to make the pen work instantly, and understood the green and red light system. I had to sit with him to read out the questions at the top of the card.
Mustn’t grumble….well not too much….
There is no off button. WHY!!!!!!! I was so chuffed that the pen fit in the little card storage box. Then the pen slid down the box, at just the right angle to make sure the nib was being pressed in and activating the light and sound effects. Or a little cap to go over the nib and stop it getting pushed down – that would work too.
Loved it because…
Thanks Learning Resouces for the pen, I will definitely be buying more cards to go with it.
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