One of the newest trends that are getting a lot of attention lately involves controlling devices with our voices. Amazon is providing a host of skills to their personal intelligent assistant Alexa. Alexa runs on Amazon’s Echo, Dot, and other devices. I know a few people who have bought echo or received it as a gift. I started discovering the many ways Alexa could be used for children.

Here is a list of 14 best educational Alexa skills that kids will love:

1) Sesame Street

Description

The classic kids’ show is now on the Amazon Echo with the Sesame Street skill. Children can interact with their favorite character Elmo, learning about the letter of the day that completes with silly sound effects.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Sesame-Street/

What to say

“Alexa, open Sesame Street”

2) Amazon Story time

Description

It’s only natural that Amazon would combine its interest in books with the Echo, and the result is Amazon Storytime. It offers a collection of fun and short stories for age 5 to 12.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Storytime/

What to say

“Alexa, tell me a bedtime story!”

3) Ocean Raiders

Description

Ocean Raiders is an exciting addition game for kids. Alexa does not only tell you the rules of the game but corrects you, do calculations and plays the entire game with you. It comes with 2 game modes – with Ocean Raiders Board Game and Without. Both take you on fun addition challenges.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Raiders/

What to say

“Alexa, open Ocean Raiders.”

4) NASA Mars

Description

If your child is inquisitive enough to learn about mars and is always asking questions such as “How big is it?” or “What is its color?”, you have hit the right spot. This skill generates updated short summaries about the red planet.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/NASA-Mars/

What to say

“Alexa, open NASA Mars.”

5) Animal Game

Description

With Animal Game, Alexa will ask you to think of an animal, and then pose a series of questions to try and figure out exactly which animal you have in mind. This will only work out if you know your animal well enough, so start reading about your favorite animal and more.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Animal-Game/

What to say

“Alexa, start Animal game.”

6) Word of the Day

Description

Building vocabulary is a fundamental part of education. With Word of the day skill, learn a new word each day along with its usage through various examples.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Word-the-Day/

What to say

“Alexa, what’s in the news?”

7) This Day in History

Description

History happens every day around you. You can ask Alexa about the most important event on the particular day you’re asking, or on any other day of your choice.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/This-day-in-history/

What to say

“Alexa, launch the day in history.”

8) Jeopardy!

Description

Play a wide range of categories including sports, entertainment, travel, and much more. Test your knowledge with new cues every day. This game fits well for the older kids.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Jeopardy/

What to say

“Alexa, play Jeopardy!”

9) The Magic Door

Description

Older children absolutely enjoy such choose-your-own-adventure stories in The Magic Door, in which you interact with Alexa to find your way through a variety of fantastical settings such as mountains, gardens, dark forests, solve tricky riddles and meet colorful characters on their path.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Door/

What to say

“Alexa, open the magic door.”

10) Daily Dinosaur

Description

Activate the Ross in you on the daily dinosaur skill that will teach you about these extinct creatures by randomly selecting one and providing a brief description. The list of dinosaurs is more than 1000.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Dinosaur/

What to say

“Alexa, Open Daily Dinosaur.”

11) Highlights Magazine

Description

One of the best family-friendly skills, this one has a huge range of events from tongue twisters, jokes, stories on sports, adventure and a lot more. The grouping includes Goofus and gallant, brainteasers and more.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Highlights-Magazine/

What to say

“Alexa, ask Highlights to play me a family story.”, “Alexa, ask Highlights to play a poem.”, “Alexa, ask Highlights to tell me a brain teaser.”

12) “Alexa, Ask Tic Tac Toe for a Game”

Description

Everyone is familiar with this game and we don’t get bored with this, no matter what. Now, you can play it with Alexa where you take her turn as per her command such as top left, center, bottom right, etc.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Tic-Tac-Toe/

What to say

“Alexa, ask Tic Tac Toe for a game”

13) Simple Science

Description

The amazing skill developed by Voice Street to help kids comprehend science where Alexa asks learning questions on various science topics. The questions here are categorized as easy, medium and hard. The best thing about it is the questions keep getting tougher as you answer them correctly.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Science/

What to say

“Alexa, ask simple science.”

14) Floppy Word

Description

An educational skill designed to help kids learn antonyms. Alexa asks you the opposite of some words and gives you four choices, out of which one is correct. You can challenge your friends and family on their knowledge of antonyms.

Link

https://www.amazon.com/Floppy-Word/

What to say

“Alexa, open Floppy words.”

“Share with me your favorite Alexa Skill from this list. Also, Do you think I missed any fun Alexa skill? Do let me know. “