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Hot Dots Jr. Reading and Math Sets by Educational Insights {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Cabin fever, anyone?  My kids are practically climbing walls.  We had such a good daily trip-to-the-park routine going, but the cold weather can’t tempt any of us to stay out longer than we have to.  I feel like we’ve already played to capacity with all the indoor toys we own, so an opportunity to review a new (and education!) toy from Educational Insights came at the perfect time.

logo01Education Insights is a wonderworld of award-winning toys and games.  You can search by subject, category, theme, or brand to view ingenious after ingenious, and the variety of products is so vast.  From Sprout & Growâ„¢ Wonder Soil® to a 40 Smencils® Set, you’re bound to find just what you had in mind to foster a budding curiosity in your child or student.

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After reading what this Hot Dots set is all about, I was 100% confident that my toddler would be interested, intrigued, and then excited to figure it out.  Marking pens, lights, sounds, and numbers is a winning combination with him.  These Dots Let’s Master sets are activity books and markers that range from grade levels Pre-K to Grade 3 in reading or math.

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We reviewed the Hot Dots® Jr. Let’s Master Pre-K Math, which is intended for children ages 3-6.  I thought it was completely developmentally appropriate for my 3-year-old.  As you can see below, when the correct dot is pressed with the “puppy marker”, as my son calls it, it lights up in green and a positive statement can be heard.  If the wrong dot is pressed, you hear a “try again” or “that’s not right”.  I feel like the instant feedback is so encouraging and motivating for my boy to keep trying and to keep answering correctly.

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There are 100 lessons of a big variety.  He’s not just counting and adding things; there are activities like picking out what things are similar, what happens next, and picking out shapes.  Some of these activities are hard to figure out what to do if you can’t yet read the directions, so having a parent near by to read the directions and explain the task is ideal, and this only makes this set more appealing to me.  This has become a learning activity that we can do together, where my son doesn’t get frustrated and it is easy to move on to another lesson, or go through the whole book if he wants.

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In all, what a great toy!  The activities are not grueling for kids and the talking light-up pen is just the ticket!  I also love that this activity is completely transportable.  Its a notebook and a pen.  Everyone can fit that in their purse or backpack, and this could even make a great activity for a car ride.

And how affordable!  Each set is $24.99 and currently available exclusively at www.educationalinsights.com.

Visit Educational Insights at www.educationalinsights.com to purchase your own Hot Dots set.

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One winner will receive: One Reading or Math Hot Dots for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2 or 3.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Alphabet Flash Cards by Educational Toys Planet {Review}

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Kindergarten is still a few years away, and I’m already feeling the pressures of getting my son reading before he goes.  You should understand that most of my friends are the wives of MIT students here in Boston, so education is a huge priority and starting them young on letters and sounds is a big push.  I’ve started to look around for some tools and guides to help teach “Rocket” some fundamentals and get him on a good track for learning.  I had the opportunity to review the Alphabet Flash Cards for 3+ Year Old Kids, made by Educational Toys Planet, and I think these are just what I was looking for!

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I was first impressed with the number of cards in the box.  For $2.97, I was not expecting 56 cards on hardstock, with vibrant colors and such detailed pictures.  This consists of 26 uppercase cards, 26 lowercase cards, 3 index cards, and one parent card.

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I think these are great for the budding alphabetist!  My son is 2 and 3/4, and considering that he is still on the tale end of the curve on language, I didn’t expect him to be busting out the letters when I showed him these pictures, but I was pleased with what he could do with these.  Right now, he is naming the object with pride when I show him the picture, and then I say the letter out loud and he will repeat it.  I am pleased with where we are at right now, and the great thing about these flashcards is that we can continue to use them as he starts to identify more letters.

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I like that both an uppercase and lowercase card is included in this set, so that there are two cards for each letter.  The pictures aren’t confusing as to what object we are trying to label (ie there is rarely more than one object on the card), and the letters on the back are big and bold.

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You could play so many games with these!  Besides going through them in traditional flash-card style, you could flip half of them over and try to match the pictures with their letter.  I can see these being a fun tool and game for children up through gradeschool.

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The pictures are friendly, large, and colorful, and the 52 objects that have been chosen are fairly standard words that a 3-year old could learn.  Besides maybe “elf” and “fox”, which I don’t think I’ve taught my son yet, he could identify each picture with pride.
For $2.97, these are well worth the cost.  They make a fun educational tool, and I’m happy to have this available when we start to hit reading hard!  Educational Toys Planet carries a HUGE assortment of educational toys, specifically geared towards preschoolers.  Check out their “Learning the Alphabet” section and be sure to follow them through their social media sites below.

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The Learning Journey {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Being a parent is so much fun, but also a big responsibility!  I often feel the pressure of being the source to point fingers at when my child misbehaves, lacks manners, or becomes disruptive.  It is also exciting to be the person who beams when my child does something new and has learned a new ‘trick’, like being able to sing the ABC’s, pick out colors, and count!  I am really enjoying investing my time and energy into these little humans, and helping them learn and grow into knowledgeable people!  TLJI_logo_landscape_bg

I have been on the hunt for educational games and toys that will help me as teacher and help my son as a student to learn new things.  I can’t exactly make flash cards or sit him down to a textbook just yet, but I can introduce games and puzzles that will stretch his mind and increase his knowledge.  One such game is our new 4-in-a-box 123 puzzle from the Learning Journey.

yhst-97790102288617_2244_22558881This puzzle set is pretty fun, and has several built-in learning features.  Just like the title, this set has four different puzzles in one box.  The first puzzle that makes number 1 consists of two pieces.  The second puzzle for the number 2 is a four-piece puzzle, the third puzzle for the number 3 is a six-piece puzzle, and the last puzzle that incorporates all the numbers is an eight-piece puzzle.

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When we pulled out this puzzle for the first time, we didn’t realize that the numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8 were on the back of the pieces, and we were all a bit confused as to what the numbers meant, and why the number 2 was underneath all the pieces for the “1” puzzle, and why the number 4 was underneath all the pieces for the “2” puzzle.  I think it is a confusing feature on the puzzle for very young children who are new to puzzles, but I can see how this can be developmentally appropriate as the child grows.  As their capabilities increase, more features can be explained and talked about.

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The puzzle pieces are nice and sturdy with vibrant color and no peeling edges, and just the right size for toddler hands.   The finished puzzles measure approximately 12.5in x 8.5in.  This is a perfect ‘starter’ puzzle for little minds, and I’m glad it comes in a nice box that stores the pieces.

The Learning Journey has all sorts of fun games, puzzles, and electronics.  Here are some I have my eye on:

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So many fun educational toys and games!

One lucky reader will receive their own 4-in-a-box 123 puzzle set from the Learning Journey!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, March 15th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by The Learning Journey, but all opinions are strictly my own

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