Did you know there are plenty of Amazon Alexa skills that were made just for kids so they can get in on the voice-activated action too? We pulled together a list of some entertaining and educational Alexa skills suitable from toddler to teens.
For all ages
“Alexa, play the podcast [name of podcast].”
The family can enjoy plenty of tales and kid-friendly news by asking Alexa to play a podcast and if you want to play a specific episode, all you need to do is use your Alexa app or add a skill such as Stictcher or AnyPod.
“Alexa, open Freeze Dancers”
Here’s another one to help kids get moving. Freeze Dancers is an Alexa take on the old “freeze” game. The skill starts some 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 any name you like and the voice will offer some words of encouragement for the next round, or you can say “nobody” or “no one,” and your group will be rewarded with a cheer.
“Alexa, start No Way That’s True.”
This Alexa skill from Nickelodeon will blow your kid’s mind as Alexa tests your kid’s knowledge about wacky, wild and just plain weird facts and trivia.
“Alexa, open Curiosity.”
This cool Alexa skill gives users a choice between two topics, asking, “Are you curious about X or Y?” and gives a great overview of the topic in easy-to-understand language. After each topic, Alexa will ask if you want to learn more about the topic or learn about something else, keeping those ever-curious young minds satisfied.
For school-age children
“Alexa, ask Pikachu to talk.”
Pokémon fans will love chatting it up with this adorable Electric-type Pokémon. Pika pika!
“Alexa, This Day in History”
Ask Alexa to launch “This Day in History” to learn all about historical facts from the day. Powered by The History Channel.
“Alexa, play Justice League Adventures.”
Team up with Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and more as you work your way through this choose-your-own-adventure style game and save the day!
“Alexa, open Animal Workout.”
Every wanted to do jumping jacks with a kangaroo? Push-ups with an alligator? This fun workout skill gets kids up and moving.
“Alexa, open Sesame Street.”
Your Alexa-enabled device becomes a direct line to Elmo!
“Alexa, open Hand Washing Time”
Given our new normal due to concerns around staying healthy, this is a good skill to add. As the name promises, starting this skill begins a hand-washing routine which, if followed, will ensure you scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds — the minimum time recommended by the World Health Organization. It uses a few different silly songs, like “Wash Your Dang Hands,” that will make this tedious but vital activity a little more amusing for everyone.
“Alexa, open Animal ID”
Like a game of I-spy but with animals instead of visual objects, kids are encouraged to guess which animal Alexa is thinking of. You play by asking questions like, “Where does it live?” or “What does it eat?” There’s no limit to the number of questions you can ask, but if you’re stumped you can always ask for a hint.
“Alexa, where’s Santa?”
Once the holiday season rolls around, your kiddo can track Santa with the help of the NORAD Santa Tracker skill for Alexa.
“Alexa, open Amazon Storytime.”
Amazon now offers professionally-narrated stories for kids ages 5 to 12. Super helpful if you just need the kids to sit still and chill for a few minutes.
“Alexa, start Kids Court.”
Have a sibling or family argument you need to settle right now? The Kids Court Alexa skill takes the kids to court, where they can duke it out within the structure of the U.S. judicial system in a surprisingly fair manner.
“Alexa, ask Silly Things to tell me to do something silly.”
If your kid won’t listen to you, maybe they’ll listen to Alexa? This Alexa skill is certainly worth the entertainment value alone.
“Alexa, moo like a cow.”
If you can’t get your kid to calm down, maybe the bark of a dog, the squeal of a dolphin or the roar of a lion will do it. According to the Animal Sounds Alexa skill creator, users can ask to hear the sounds of a “baboon, bear, bobcat, cat, cow, coyote, hippopotamus, lemur, lion, spider, monkey, spider monkey, rooster—and more.”
“Alexa, ask Hutch to tell me a story”
While this is not as entertaining as some other skills, kids can challenge themselves to remember key facts from short stories that Alexa reads aloud. After the story, Alexa will ask yes/no questions to test how well you followed along.
“Alexa, open Smart Math”
Perfect for kids who are learning the four basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, Alexa can quiz you on your skills by asking for the answers to random equations.
“Alexa, play Head’s Up!”
Now you can play the popular game from The Ellen DeGeneres Show with your Alexa-enabled app. As Alexa gives you clues, try your best to guess from superstars, celebrities, movies, fictional characters and more.
“Alexa, open Escape the Room”
Perfect to play with family members or with a friend, these puzzles are not quickly solved, making them perfect for those in need of an extended brain-teaser Alexa becomes your own personal dungeon master as you find yourself in a series of escape rooms. Using a limited set of commands like “look left/right/down/up/forward” and “examine [object name],” you must take stock of where you are and what options are available to you in order to get out.
“Alexa, open Either Or”
Alexa presents with two choices and you have to pick one. It’s a silly game where you get to learn if your preferences run with the majority of players or if you’re a maverick who goes their own way. Though the choices are often banal—”Which would you prefer: Be constantly sweating or to cry every day? you can buy expansion packs to increase your options.
“Alexa, open Song Quiz” or “ play Beat the Intro”
This skill is one for the whole family. Alexa will play you a five-second song clip based on your choice of a decade, genre, or a mix of today’s most popular music. Your job is to tell her the song title and artist name. Get both of them right and you’ll get the maximum number of points.