My friend J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy recently got an Amazon Echo. Since he has kids around the same age as mine (3-4 years old), I thought I’d share some of the ways we’ve used our Echo.
And what better way than to do than with an old fashioned top ten list. Everyone loves them, right?
Top Ten Amazon Echo Things To Do with Kids
- Practice Speech – My oldest son was slow to start speaking and when he did, I was the only person who could understand him. I originally got the Echo because I thought that he’d enjoy asking Alexa about so much stuff that he’d work on his pronunciation so that she’d understand him. I don’t think it helped, but that might be because I didn’t stick with it or that he quickly improved so much on his own.
- Practice Spelling – We spell everything from our names to simple words like “ball.” One of my oldest’s favorite games is to find an object in the room and ask Alexa how it’s spelled. I think a lot of it is sticking, which pretty good for a 3 year old.
- “Alexa, spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – It’s fun to throw this curveball at Alexa because she’ll spend the next 20 seconds or so calling out letters. It’s a nice silly way to break up the spelling game in #9.
- Simple Math – Alexa is great at adding and subtracting numbers (and probably more, but we haven’t gotten there). I can show my son what 2 and 3 M&Ms look like and we can count them to get to 5. Then we can reinforce that by asking Alexa what it is. We can even do the reverse and see if Alexa is right. (She hasn’t been wrong yet.)
- Fun Questions with Wise Answers – Here’s a list of 50 fun questions that Alexa has wise answers for. My favorite is the definitive answer to which came first, the chicken or the egg.
- Read a Kindle Book – It’s always fun to read a book together, but it’s also fun to have Alexa read it while the both of you follow along on a tablet. Robots reading, if you are young kid what’s not to like about that?
- Another Bunch of Fun Questions with Wise Answers – Here’s another list. My favorite is, “ALEXA, WHAT’S THE MASS OF THE SUN IN GRAMS?”
- Turn the lights on and off – If you have a compatible light switch or system such as Philips Hue, you can have fun with Echo’s smart home features.
- Open The Magic Door – There’s an Alexa Skill named The Magic Door which is like a Choose Your Own Adventure. It’s great for kids’ imagination.
- Play a Math Quiz – There is a very good math skill game called 1-2-3 Math which gives you math questions to answer. This is little advanced for my 3 year old, but I think he’ll be able to do the easy level in a year.
I don’t want to pretend that any of these things are going to change your life with your kids. However, that’s not really the point. Think of them as a nice bonus on top of all the other things that you can do with an Echo.