Friday, 1 August 2014

Learning Resources Hot Dots Review and Competition

I have heard of Hot Dots but not had an opportunity to try them until now.  We were sent the Let’s Learn Grammar set, which included the Talking Hot Dots Pen and three activity books.  I was very impressed as the pen worked with the activity books straight away, we had no need to download from a separate website wasting precious time and energy!


The boys could just enjoy learning at their leisure and without any real attention from mummy!  The pen lets them know if they have answered correctly by lighting green and red if an answer is wrong, so they soon pick up lots of new skills as they work through the carefully structured activities.


I thought my eldest who is 7 was quite capable at reading but approaching grammar is a whole other ballgame, working through the activity books I can easily see the gaps in his knowledge and address it with extra help.  To be honest I am learning a few things myself which is a slight concern given the pack is aimed at 5-7 year olds, obviously I could do with a brush up of my grammar skills too!


I think the testament to just how much I liked the idea of Hot Dots and all the activity books was the fact I placed a rather large order this morning for lots more products, spanning different subjects like time, money and science!!!  I do not think hubbie was too keen on my mad Hot Dots spending spree but if it helps the boys get a good start with their education then I think its money well spent.  At the very least it seems to keep them preoccupied for a bit and out of mischief, so I am really looking forward to my delivery arriving.

I have another set exactly like the one we reviewed to giveaway here, if you would like to enter please complete the rafflecopter below by the 24th of August.

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64 comments:

  1. Reading and counting are very important

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  2. Painting, reading and playing games

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  3. Phonics, baking and crafts we do every week

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  4. we do arts and crafts daily aswell as reading x

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  5. I try to include the children in everyday activities :- Whilst counting, learning colours, weighing and measuring etc. Children are naturally curious, and can learn when involved in activities. Whilst they like to be included and occupied.Baking etc can be great fun, can weigh, count etc, and later enjoy the tasty treats.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. Catherine McAlinden6 August 2014 at 19:53

    Everything is learning, they just don't know it! Counting things, reading words in shops.

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  7. my daughter constantly has a pen and paper in her hand, she forever asking me hoe to spell things, i ask her how she thinks there spelt and 99 percent of the time shes right. i wont give her the correct spelling without her trying 1st.

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  8. lots of reading and counting things
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  9. Lots of hands on activities, with lots of fun

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  10. Lots of drawing and painting, they also love helping when baking

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  11. baking is a favorite in our house we think it good to start them early we stary off with cakes them move them on to making lunch then dinner its a great life skill

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  12. We play games, read books, craft and painting activites, cooking, nature walks

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  13. i like to make flash cards with words on and play pairs x

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  14. reading, counting and times tables when sharing things like sweets and I always try to encourage them, especially my middle son who hates writing, to write things like shopping lists or take 'our order' at tea time - they love playing restraurants!
    Helen booth

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  15. My son is only two and a half, but he counts things with me. He can sing the alphabet, but does not obviously recognise the letters. We are working on colours at he moment. I ask him the colours of things around the house and when we are out and about.

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  16. We love reading books full of facts. My sons favourites are a huge dinosaur book and a book about nature, currently book-marked at the summer section :)

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  17. lots of phonics and memory games!!!

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  18. Pam Francis Gregory19 August 2014 at 20:29

    We usually cook together

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  19. I try to encourage writing and drawing by making it fun.

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  20. Reading (my son is 2.5 years old, we using Doman's method)

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  21. I am doing phonics with my son atm and learning tricky words that don't sound out with flash cards
    Charmaine gray

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  22. Reading, Drawing, Maths, Spelling English Words.

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  23. Big fan of role play. My daughters current favorite is pricing up her toys and making me buy them at her shop.

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  24. We encourage writing and drawing

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  25. Reading and writing!

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  26. We try baking but usually ends up a disaster, its a laugh anyway

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  27. Counting, reading and playing games

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  28. My son loves learning to write and we are always practicing

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  29. counting out toys,showing them colours,heavy and light items

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  30. Writing the names of everyone in our family

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  31. we count the stairs every time we go up and down, count various other things. Recently on car journeys we have started playing I spy to help them learn letters. Can be quite comical as my son is grasping it but my daughter (shes only 3) just isn't grasping it yet...we had T for Cow yesterday??

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  32. We always read with our kids and are encouraging them to sing songs and rhymes which is helping them learn numbers, colours and the alphabet. My son is 2 and a half and my daughter 17 months.

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  33. Counting with our 3 year old at the minute - stairs, fingers & toes, crisps - you name it we count it :-)

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  34. my boy is 5, we are learning together phonics, how to write cursive letters, general reading skills all the time... i swear he is smarter than me, told me all about tendrils the other day, i had never heard that word before!

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  35. Lots of reading

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  36. memory, matching , ordering games, jigsaws and lots of reading books

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  37. We do a lot of jigsaw puzzles and reading

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  38. There is lots of reading and making plays in our house

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  39. we do lots of things non and pro nones

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  40. lots of number and reading games x

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  41. memory games, puzzles, board games

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  42. When 3 of my young Grandchildren came to stay last week, we had a baking day making cupcakes & chocolate cookies, which tasted delicious :)

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  43. We play 'supermarket' where I ask for a certain number of items and certain colour items.

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  44. We always do reading and key words :)

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  45. Reading plenty of books, flash cards, crafts x

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  46. reading and writing, we try to make it fun

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  47. we read every night and try and do counting games when we are out :D :D

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  48. cooking, baking, reading and counting games.

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  49. we sing counting songs and read :)

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  50. Were trying to encourage writing and counting

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  51. I go onto Pinterest and put together activities from there. Usually things around animals as that is my son's interest.

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