This is one of my favorite Hot Dots sets. Although I wish it came with the required Hot Dots pen, this Hot Dots Jr. patterns and sequencing is an excellent learning tool. 36 coated cardstock cards arrived in an hard cardboard box with velcro closure and fabric carrying handle for long term use and abuse by the suggested pre-k aged children. Each double sided card comes with a sequencing or pattern equation on top and a choice of 3 possible answers on the bottom. Next to each possible solution there is a black dot. When the Hot Dots pen (NOT included) is placed on the dot, it will tell the child if they have the correct or incorrect answer. This set is excellent for reinforcing both pattern and sequencing concepts and I would recommend it to both parents and therapists. The 3yo enjoyed the pens feedback when using although some cards were a bit difficult for him. The 6yo enjoyed it a lot and was able to answer most cards with each. I even used the sequencing cards with my 8yo to help with comprehension and storytelling. An excellent, well made educational tool. I received this item for review but all opinions are my own.
I bought this product to use in the corner of a living room with very precariously placed windows. It is very space-efficient, and is a great alternative if you don't want to mount to a wall. The product advertises good cable management, however I didn't think this was the case and had to tape all of my cables behind the stand so as not to show. In general, it wasn't terribly hard to put together. I definitely recommend using an electric screwdriver to save time. It probably took a little over an hour and a half to put together. I did it by myself; it's entirely possible, although may be easier with two people. There were some fussy pieces that required patience and a little brute force, but overall not bad for assembly. The product is pretty sturdy, a little wobbly, but I don't think it's going anywhere. The directions inside say it can hold up to a 70 lb TV. I personally wouldn't trust it with 70 lbs, but most TVs don't weigh that much anymore (unless it's plasma). I mounted a 42" Vizio TV (~25 lbs) with little difficulty, although I had to stuff some electrical tape under one of the brackets, because the TV was slightly crooked. The stand comes with some screws to mount the TV, if your TV didn't come with any. However all of the screws were oversized. Most new TVs will use an M4 sized screw, and the smallest one in the kit is an M6. You might need to go to the hardware store for screws and washers (the washers in the kit will likely be too large for an M4, if this is the case)
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