Alexa skills can be fun and educational, but not all are created equal. Some of the games are useful and entertaining, while others are boring and pointless. With that in mind, we have created a list of the most entertaining and educational Alexa skills for kids and teens that we can find.
Alexa Skills for Toddlers
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Say, "Alexa, open Animal Workout"
One of the biggest challenges when you are confined at home is how to channel all that incredible energy that children have. Why not let Alexa guide you through a voice-command exercise routine that also ignites your imagination as you fine-tune your skills to pretend you're playing games. Animal Workout prompts children to pretend they are different animals, with a quick, fact-based introduction for each animal and a short activity accompanied by music, like swaggering like a ladybug or sticking your tongue out like a giraffe.
Unlike some Alexa skills that rely on your own voice, the professionally recorded Animal Workout presenter's voice is enthusiastic and motivating. Until December 2020, all content in the app was completely free, including expansion packs.
Say, "Alexa, open Freeze Dancers"
This is another option to help children get moving. Freeze Dancers is Alexa's version of the old “frozen” game. The skill plays music and everyone dances. When the music suddenly stops, everyone has to freeze. Each time, a voice asks, "Who didn't freeze?" You can say whatever name you want and the voice will say a few words of encouragement for the next round, or you can say "nobody" or "none" and your group will be rewarded with a standing ovation.
Another option within Freeze Dancers is to dance like an animal or object. Easy ones like “Dance like a penguin” are fun, while others like “Dance like a raindrop” require a little more imagination.
Say, "Alexa, open Sesame Street"
The creative geniuses at Children's Television Workshop have brought the magic of Sesame Street to Alexa devices with this fun skill. Elmo is the star of the show; engages kids with Card of the Day and can organize hide and seek using sound effect clues for their location. For Elmo fans young and old alike, it's a very fun minute that can be repeated every day.
Say, "Alexa, open Hand Washing Time"
Given our new normal thanks to concerns about being healthy , this is a good skill to add. As its name implies, opening it begins a routine to wash your hands that, if you follow it, ensures that you scrub your hands for 20 seconds – the minimum time recommended by the World Health Organization. A few songs are used, such as “Wash Your Dang Hands”, which will make this tedious but vital activity a little more fun for everyone.
Say, "Alexa, open Animal ID"
Like an animal guessing game, children are encouraged to guess which animal Alexa is thinking of. You can play by asking questions like "Where does he live?" or "What do you eat?" There is no limit to the number of questions you can ask and if you don't know what to ask you can always ask for a hint.
Say, "Alexa, ask Silly Things to tell me something absurd."
Developed by a family with children from 7 to 9 years old, this skill is also suitable for children from 2 years old and is a way to disconnect for a while and have fun with the little ones. Each response is essentially a motivation to do something, such as "Act like a fish out of water," or "Dance in a silly way." It can also be used as an icebreaker, a way to announce a break from a chore, and much more!
Alexa Skills for Kids in Early School Years
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Say, "Alexa, open NASA Mars"
For budding astronauts and astrophysicists alike, this Alexa skill is a voice-driven Martian encyclopedia that lets you ask any question you want about the red planet. In fact, asking "Why is Mars red?" Produces a detailed answer that includes the composition of the planet's soil and atmosphere.
Although some questions cause some problems in AI-powered Alexa voice readings, this is still a fun way for kids to satisfy their curiosity about Mars without having to do a Google search.
Say, "Alexa, open Amazon Storytime"
Nothing beats a good story and this Alexa skill has an extensive collection of them, taken from the Amazon Rapids library of short stories and organized by topic and time of day. Kids can choose from categories like "animals" or "sports," or you can tell Alexa to tell you a bedtime story.
The stories are professionally recorded by voice actors and accompanied by sound effects for an experience that challenges children to use their imaginations and does not rely entirely on words alone.
Say, "Alexa, ask Hutch to tell me a story."
Although this is not as entertaining as other skills, children can challenge themselves by remembering the key facts of the short stories that Alexa reads aloud. After the story, Alexa will ask yes / no questions to see how well you read on.
Some of the questions, especially at the beginning, are direct. However, if you've had enough of them, Alexa will start to introduce little nuances that can confuse everyone but those who paid a lot of attention.
The questions stop when you answer a wrong one, so parents and siblings can challenge each other to answer as many questions as possible.
Say, "Alexa, open Smart Math"
Perfect for kids learning the four basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, Alexa can test your skills by asking for answers to random equations.
Alexa tracks your score and as you progress through each round of questions, you can level up to higher challenges. You can also decide which of the operations you want to focus on, making this skill ideal for a variety of age groups.
Say, "Alexa, open No Way That's True"
A slick and interactive skill from Nickelodeon , No Way That's True is a trivia game in the form of true or false questions. The host has a fun and unconventional way of asking questions.
Three rounds of three questions will test your knowledge on a wide range of topics, from scientific names of vegetables to the reproduction habits of plankton. One to four players can participate and during the game a score is obtained.
Say, "Alexa open Kids Trivia"
Designed for all ages, but ideal for the first school years (7 years and up) this app asks a question and gives two possible answers. Choose the correct answer and you can increase your score. It's a fun introduction to trivia games, easy enough for new students to use, and allows for quizzes between friends and family.
Say, "Alexa, open Story Maker"
Story Maker is a clever Mad Libs Skill that takes absurd gaming to another level. Kids provide four to 10 words to Alexa and the voice assistant will use them in funny stories with hilarious results (more than 30 story options are included). The app is generally smart to make sure the words fit into the story even if they don't have the correct article / plurality when mentioned.
Alexa Skills for Tweens and Teens
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Say, "Alexa, open Song Quiz"
This skill is for the whole family – Alexa will play a 5 second clip of a song based on your selection of a decade, genre, or a mix of today's hottest music. Your job is to say the title of the song and the name of the artist. If your two answers are correct, you will get the maximum possible points.
Up to two people can play, but don't worry: if you're alone, Alexa will find you a rival from anywhere in the world.
Sometimes the clips are taken from the chorus, making identification easier, but other times the clips are based on bridges or verses that are more difficult to know, so that true musicologists can be the leaders at the end of each round.
Although it costs nothing to play, you can purchase upgrades within the skill for more gender-specific challenges.
Say, "Alexa, open Escape the Room"
Alexa becomes your own dungeon master when you find yourself in a series of escape rooms. Using a limited set of commands such as "look left / right / down / up / forward" and "examine [object name]", you must evaluate where you are located and what options you have to be able to exit.
These puzzles are not solved quickly, which makes them perfect for those who need to solve these kinds of complicated situations. And with only one track per room, you might want to play with family members or call a friend for help – more heads will definitely be better than one.
Say, "Alexa, open Either Or"
Alexa presents you with two options and you have to choose one. It is a nice game where you will find out if your preferences are the same as those of others or if you are a rebel who goes his own way.
Although the options are often banal – "What would you rather: work hard constantly or complain every day?" – it's always intriguing to see how the crowd voted. To be clear, a vast majority would rather be famous for their looks than their brains.
Either Or is free in three different categories, including "magic" and "Harry Potter," but you can purchase expansion packs to increase your options.
Say, "Alexa, open Jeopardy!"
The world's most famous trivia TV show is now a very popular Alexa skill. Alexa guides you through a round of six questions from various categories each day. It is always a different mix, which keeps you on your toes. As in the show, you are given a series of clues and you have to give your answer in the form of a question.
It's a lot of fun, so it comes as a surprise that there is no way to pay for additional rounds.
Say, "Alexa, open Muse Meditation"
Adolescents are more likely to experience stress than children. This skill uses proven guided meditation benefits to help you de-stress, relax, or focus on intense feelings of happiness. A calm, reassuring voice guides you through various mental exercises, including an increased awareness of your body – especially your breathing – and your state of mind.
Not all Alexa skills are a good replacement for other options like apps or websites, but smart speakers are an ideal way to add guided meditation to your daily routine.
Say, "Alexa, open Dungeon Adventure"
This role-playing game has Alexa serve as an AI dungeon master guiding a hero in his fight to defeat an evil necromancer. It's surprisingly deep too – you can buy and sell items, fight monsters with special abilities, find treasure, level up, and choose your own stats. All "dice" are thrown behind the scenes by Alexa and your character will be saved for later games. It is also a game to be played in multiple sessions, so anxious children will have something to come back to.
Create your own skills
Finally, if your kid is the type who would like to invent his own technology instead of using someone else's, check out this guide to creating your own Alexa skill . It's easier than you think and you don't need a code.