10 Fun Alexa Skills to Make Your Echo More Kid-Friendly
The adults in your home enjoy your Amazon Echo, but what about the kids? You can entertain and inform them with the right Alexa skills. Some of them include Animal Game, Simple Science, Tooth Time, and Amazon Storytime. Let’s find out the best Alexa skills for kids.
Explore Alexa Skills
You can find kid-friendly skills yourself in the Alexa app. Open After > Skills and games and select Kids from the icons under Featured Categories at the top of the screen.
Another option is to use the search function. Tap the search icon in the upper right corner and type the words kids Where children. In response, Alexa displays a host of skills designed for kids. Now let’s look at some entertaining and informative skills for your kids.
animal game(Opens in a new window) is fun that challenges and entertains at the same time. Alexa tells your child to think of an animal. Your Echo will then ask a series of questions to determine which animal your child has chosen. Your child responds to every Alexa guess with a Yes or No until the game is over. To perform this skill, ask your child to first think of an animal. Then say “Alexa, start Animal Game” or “Alexa, play Animal Game”.
Designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, Amazon Math(Opens in a new window) quizzes your child with a series of math questions, challenging them to find the correct answer. Say “Alexa, start Amazon Math”. The skill first asks your child about their grade level. Depending on the answer, Alexa asks if they want to work on multiplication, division, counting, rounding, or a mix of problems.
After choosing one of these options, your child is presented with five math questions related to the category. If the answer is wrong, the skill asks the child to try again. A chime sounds to indicate when they get a correct answer.
Spelling game for kids by Magoosh
Here’s a skill that can help older children with their spelling. Loaded with 250+ GRE Level Words, Spelling Game for Kids by Magoosh(Opens in a new window) helps children learn more difficult words by asking them to spell all the other letters. Say “Alexa, start the spelling game”. Alexa announces a word followed by its definition and then says the first letter. The child is asked to give the second letter of the word. The skill then says the third letter and asks your child for the fourth letter. This process continues until the complete word has been spelled.
Intended for children aged 7 to 11, the Simple Science(Opens in a new window) skill presents science facts in a brief, child-friendly way. Say “Alexa, open Simple Science”. The skill provides information about a specific scientific field, such as biology, astronomy, electronics, chemistry, physics or geology. Your child is then asked if he wants to know more. To continue, say “Learn more”. To stop, say “Quit”.
Dealing with Emotions: Big Feelings
Sometimes children have trouble dealing with strong emotions. The skill known as Managing Emotions: Great Feelings(Opens in a new window) provides children with constructive ways to identify and manage their feelings. Say “Alexa, play Big Feelings”. Pretending to be a robot that doesn’t understand feelings, the skill asks your child if they’ve ever felt really angry or sad.
Based on the answer, the child is asked if he has great feelings now. If so, the skill asks the child to name the feeling. Depending on the feeling being expressed, the skill will provide an exercise in deep breathing, mindfulness, positive conversation, or even physical activity to help the child learn to manage the emotion.
This skill can be useful when trying to encourage young people to brush their teeth. tooth time(Opens in a new window) skill provides instructions on how, when and where to brush your teeth, all in the form of a fun song to make the process more fun. Say “Alexa, open Tooth Time”. In return, Alexa plays the song with step-by-step instructions for thorough brushing.
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Here’s a great skill to help young children get ready for bed. monster scanner(Opens in a new window) pretends to scan the child’s room for monsters, then finds a clever way to report that no monsters were found. Just say “Alexa, ask Monster Scanner to check for monsters” or “Alexa, ask Monster Scanner to check for monsters in my bed”. In response, the skill emits a ping sound and then announces the results of the monster’s analysis. Each time the skill is used, the response is different but always confirms the absence of monsters.
Amazon story time
The next time you want your child to be entertained with a story, Amazon St(Opens in a new window)oh(Opens in a new window)rhythm(Opens in a new window) can help. Designed for kids ages 5-12, Amazon Storytime features over 100 different stories with a full cast of people. Say “Alexa, open Amazon Storytime”. Alexa asks for your preferred story type, offering a family tale or a random story. Answer, and the skill starts with a matching story.
animal training(Opens in a new window) suggests fun and imaginative ways to get your child exercising. Say “Alexa, open Animal Workout”. The skill asks your child to pretend to be a specific type of animal, giving them different moves and exercises, while listening to music in the background. Animal Workout will cycle through animals and exercise sets until you say “It’s all done”.
Every child likes to hear a fart sound, and Fart(Opens in a new window) is a skill that will pass gas. Say “Alexa, cut the cheese”. The skill emits the sound of a fart followed by a funny response. Keep telling Alexa to cut the cheese, and a different fart sound and response will fill the air.
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