Alexa Skills For Kids: High-Tech Enrichment Without The Screen [2021]

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Updated: July 29, 2021

You’ve likely heard of the Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  But did you know that it can give COVID-exhausted parents a much-needed breather?

In this guide, you’ll find our seven favorite Alexa skills for kids.

These skills will engage your little ones in healthy activities in a fun and intuitive way, from trivia to gentle workouts.

Let’s dive in and see what Alexa has to offer.

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Alexa Skills for Kids: An Overview

For those unfamiliar with them, Alexa skills are like apps for voice assistants.

You can browse and enable them in the Alexa skill store, from either the web or the Alexa app for iOS or Android.

Do I Need A Specific Alexa Device?

While it’s most common to use an Amazon Echo smart speaker, you can use these skills on any Alexa device!

7 Alexa Skills To Entertain & Educate Your Kiddos

Below you’ll find our hand-picked list of the seven best Alexa kids’ skills.

These skills have everything from choose-your-own-adventure games to trivia to child-level workouts.

Let us know in the comments which of these you liked best!

1. The Magic Door

The Magic Door Alexa Skill

Rating: 4.5
# of Ratings: 9,228

As you can see from its ratings, this skill is one of the most popular in the entire Alexa Skills Store.

It’s an Alexa-powered, interactive adventure game with original stories.  You guide Alexa’s choices as you explore various regions, and collect hidden items, solve riddles, and help magical creatures.

See their Facebook page for tips, tricks, and news.

To use this skill, say, “Alexa, open The Magic Door”.

2. Animal Workout

Whether your kids are bored or you need a break, this Alexa skill lets you become different animals and get exercise at the same time.

Alexa will give you supportive words as you move along to boost your motivation and confidence.

To use Animal Workout, say, “Alexa, open Animal Workout.”

Rating: 4.5
# of Ratings: 3,960

3. Kids Quiz

Rating: 4.5
# of Ratings: 3,365

Kids Quiz offers new questions daily for kids aged 5-12.  Topics range from animals to science to brainteasers to fun facts.

This skill is a great way for your children to reinforce their learning and discover new things about the world!

To use this skill, say, “Alexa, play Kids Quiz.”

4. Lemonade Stand

This game skill is similar to one of the earliest computer games, “Lemonade Stand.”

This skill lets you experience having a lemonade stand.  Alexa gives you the daily weather forecast and then the player has to buy cups of lemonade, signs for advertising, and set a price for the lemonade they are selling.  (It may sound confusing, but the skill gives you clear instructions.)

To get started, say,  “Alexa, open Lemonade Stand.”

Rating: 4.5
# of Ratings: 3,218

5. Scooby Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater

Rating: 4.5
# of Ratings: 2,240

Mystery Inc Theater is an interactive storytelling experience that puts you in control as you choose where and how the story unfolds.

You can work alongside your favorite characters, including Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to unravel the secrets behind their latest caper.

To open the skill, say, “Alexa, open Scooby-Doo.

6. Animal Game

This skill is a guessing game where Alexa guesses the animal you’ve chosen.

Alexa will ask you questions like “what color is it?”, “can it fly?”, “does it live in hot climates?”, and more.

Alexa knows 300+ animals and also has interesting facts about them in store for you.

To get started, ask Alexa, “Alexa, enable Animal Game.”

Rating: 4.0
# of Ratings: 9,852

7. The Name Game (banana-fana)

Rating: 4.0
# of Ratings: 2,843

The name game is hilarious.

For example, if you say, “Alexa, open The Name Game and use Jenny,” Alexa will say, “Jenny jenny bo-benny, banana-fana fo-fenny, fee fi mo-menny, Jenny.”

Here’s how to use The Name Game:

  • To enable the skill, say “Alexa, enable The Name Game.”
  • Alexa will then ask you which name you want to use
  • For subsequent names, say “Alexa, ask The Name Game to use [chosen name]

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best Alexa skills your kids can enjoy.  If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

For more fun ways to use Alexa, check out the two guides below.

We hope to see you back here soon!

Warm Regards,
The Commands Guru

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