Sure, the Amazon Echo is great for looking things up on the internet or playing music, but it can also be a valuable tool for helping kids learn or stay entertained, all done with just the power of your voice.
We've tested a large selection of family-friendly Alexa skills to find the ones your kids will love the most. Here are 16 Alexa skills that will appeal to the children (or even the adults) in your household.
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Brushing your teeth doesn't have to be a chore. Chompers walks your kids through the correct brushing technique while keeping them entertained. Alexa will tell jokes, teach your kids about tooth bacteria and play fun music while your young ones brush, with separate routines customized for morning and night brushing.
Remember those tongue twisters you loved stumbling over as a kid? Now, your kids can ask Meeximo LLC Tongue Twister for one of those challenges. Trying to say "stupid superstition," or "a proper copper coffee pot" five times fast will be tons of fun, and it will help your kids practice their diction.
Bye Bye Cavitiesturns your kid's toothbrush routine into a quest to defeat the evil "Cavity Family" once and for all. As your kids brush, members of the Cavity Family will boast (humorously) about their dastardly aspects — but the longer the brushing, the more of the bad guys get flushed away.
If you just can't get your baby to sleep, Alexa can help. Baby Lullaby plays a beautiful, soothing, and very catchy tune that's sure to lull your tot into a peaceful slumber. It may even put you to sleep!
The classic kids' show is now on the Amazon Echo with the Sesame Street skill, aimed at preschoolers. Children can interact with fan-favorite character Elmo, learning about the letter of the day and playing hide-and-go-seek, complete with silly sound effects.
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Fans of the under-the-sea cartoon characters will enjoy this chance to interact with their favorite Spongebob characters in the SpongeBob Challenge. You'll fill orders for the hungry customers of the Krusty Krab, but the tasks become trickier as you go along, so pay attention! After every shift, you'll get your score and see how you did.
It's only natural that Amazon would combine its affinity for books with the Echo, and the result is Amazon Storytime, which offers a selection of short stories for kids ages 5-12. Kids (or adults) can ask Alexa to tell them a story, pulled from Amazon's Rapids collection and a selection of Audible short stories.