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25 Best Amazon Alexa Skills for Kids

Updated on December 3, 2016
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Amazon Alexa Skills for Kids

Amazon Alexa has well over a thousand skills in its Alexa app but only a few that kids would enjoy.

If you own an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap then you need to enable these 25 skills that your kids will love.

These voice devices are meant for the whole family to enjoy, so why not let everyone in on the fun.

Reminder: Amazon Alexa skills can be enabled via voice as well as manually through the app.

Example: "Alexa, enable Spelling Bee"

25. Santa's Helper

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"Alexa, Ask Santa Where Is He?"

Alexa's very own Christmas skill for when the holidays roll around.

Pros:

  • Get Christmas themed jokes and facts
  • Find out if you're on the naughty or nice list

Cons:

  • Difficult to access skill
  • Doesn't always work

Summary:

If you can access Santa's Helper, then you'll find it to be a joy for children. It's very Christmas themed and perfect for the holidays.

It does need some work but the idea is great. There are several modes including jokes and facts, and your kids can ask where Santa is or if they're on the naughty or nice list.

In other words, it's a fun tool for parents to use when their children are acting up.

24. The Magic Door

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"Alexa, Open the Magic Door"

The best story time skill for young kids that uses imagination and your choices for satisfying results.

Pros:

  • You get a few stories to choose from
  • It's interactive and is a great alternative to bedtime reading with children

Cons:

  • More stories are required
  • The tales need to be longer and exploratory

Summary:

This is a choose your own adventure skill that young people will be fond of. The stories come with interactive sounds, choices, characters, and more.

The stories are only 5-10 minutes long, which is effective if you're trying to get the kids to bed quickly.

23. Spelling Bee

"Alexa, Launch Spelling Bee"

The spelling bee is designed for grade school children (grades 4 & 5) to help them practice their words.

Pros:

  • Choose as many rounds (1 round = 1 word) as you want
  • Alexa hears you very well

Cons:

  • Different spelling options for varying grade levels needed
  • Needs word categories

Summary:

The best spelling skill primarily for grade school kids does its job well. Alexa can hear you loud and clear, and you can practice as many words as you wish.

It's a good teaching tool for those wanting to improve their spelling abilities.

22. Animal Sounds

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"Alexa, Open Animal Sounds"

Plays various animal sounds of your choosing.

Pros:

  • Numerous animals to choose from
  • It'll keep young ones entertained

Cons:

  • Alexa doesn't know sounds beyond common animals
  • Alexa may mistake what you say for another animal

Summary:

A simple skill designed to entertain young kids for a few minutes, and the sounds are very realistic.

There's a limit to how many animals Alexa knows, so don't expect to hear sounds from unusual animals.

21. Math Mania & 1-2-3 Math

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"Alexa, Ask Math Mania to Play"

Two useful math skills for those who want to brush up on their multiplication, addition, subtraction, or division capabilities.

To open 1-2-3 Math say "Alexa, Open 1-2-3".

Pros:

  • These skills give you several math options and difficulty levels
  • The challenges include word problems and number sequences

Cons:

  • Alexa won't always hear or understand your answer
  • On 1-2-3 Math there's no "medium" difficulty; just easy or hard

Summary:

These are good tools for anyone who needs a quick math lesson. There are numerous options if you utilize both skills.

I'd recommend Math Mania because there's more variety although you may have to repeat your answer a few times because Alexa won't always understand.

20. Tic-Tac-Toe & Hangman

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"Alexa, Ask Tic Tac Toe for a Game"

Two classic games for the price of one; tic-tac-toe and hangman are easy games that your kids are sure to enjoy.

Pros:

  • Each game is easy to play
  • Hangman gives you a game by either word length or category

Cons:

  • Some memorization is required for each
  • Doesn't work well without visuals

Summary:

Tic-tac-toe and hangman are games anyone can play, and Alexa makes it as easy to play them. However they won't work perfectly because these types of games require visuals that your device can't provide.

At least Alexa reminds you where your letters are placed in Hangman and where to put your X's and O's in tic tac toe.

19. Animal Alphabet

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"Alexa, Play Animal Alphabet"

Animal alphabet tests your knowledge of animals in a cool spin off the original alphabet game.

Pros:

  • Good game to pass time
  • Alexa gives you time to think

Cons:

  • It gets boring after a few tries
  • Poor replay value

Summary:

This game tries to engage in your animal expertise by having you pick an animal for a letter of the alphabet. It'll keep you entertained for a few minutes until it becomes repetitive.

Kids, on the other hand, are more likely to give this game a few more rounds because it does make you think.

18. Superheroes

"Alexa, Ask Super Heroes Who Spiderman Is"

A skill loaded with small superhero facts that the young ones will enjoy.

Pros:

  • Provides tidbits of superhero information about your favorites

Cons:

  • Alexa struggles understanding the invocation name "super heroes"
  • It doesn't give you enough information about each character
  • Good idea but lackluster execution

Summary:

This skill taps into the superhero genre, which is fantastic for little kids but it leaves much to be desired. Alexa struggles to hear "super heroes" and this app doesn't give you enough information about each identity.

It's a good idea that needs a lot of improvement.

17. Knock Knock Jokes

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"Alexa, Open Knock Knock"

Love knock, knock jokes? Well Alexa is hear to give you more of what you want.

Pros:

  • Clean jokes tailored for kids
  • Interactive approach, you have to ask "Who's there?"

Cons:

  • Jokes get stale after a while
  • Needs more humor and energy

Summary:

I like Knock, Knock for what it is because it'll keep kids happy. The invocation name is easy to remember and there's some interactivity as there would be in a knock, knock joke.

The jokes are clean but the humor is lacking even for children.

16. Short Bedtime Story

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"Alexa, Open Bed Time Story"

You can put your child in Alexa's short bedtime story.

Pros:

  • Alexa asks for your name to be used in her story
  • It's very fast and good when you need to rush your kid to sleep

Cons:

  • It lacks the sound effects of other story based skills like "The Magic Door"
  • For some the stories are too quick

Summary:

This skill is a stripped down version of "The Magic Door" that's much faster but lacks the sound effects of the other skill.

On the plus side, it's good for parents that need their child to go to sleep immediately and it does place their kid's name in the story to further interaction.

15. Cat/Dog/Dinosaur Facts

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"Alexa, Open Cat Facts"

Cat, dog, and dinosaur facts provide educational tidbits for some of your favorite animals.

Pros:

  • Each skill provides a slew of important facts
  • You'll learn something new everyday

Cons:

  • The facts may eventually become repetitive

Summary:

These skills teach by providing enough information that doesn't become excessive. It expands on Alexa's ability to educate, and the facts are easy to remember.

Even the invocation names to activate each skill are simple (dog facts, cat facts, dinosaur facts).

14. Guess the Number

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"Alexa, Launch Guess the Number"

Alexa's very own guessing game will keep youngsters occupied.

Pros:

  • Quick game used to temporarily alleviate boredom
  • Works very well with Alexa

Cons:

  • It won't cure your child's boredom

Summary:

It's a straightforward guessing game where you have to guess a number between 1-100, and Alexa will tell you if the number is higher or lower each try.

You can make this game more interesting by trying to guess the number in as few tries as possible.

Perhaps parents can even introduce rewards if their kids guess in under 10, 5, 3 etc. tries.

13. Twenty Questions

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"Alexa, Twenty Questions"

It's time to play 20 questions with Alexa: choose animal, vegetable, or mineral.

Pros:

  • One of the best guessing games Alexa has to offer
  • Fun for the whole family

Cons:

  • Occasionally Alexa will not hear what you're saying

Summary:

If you're unfamiliar with 20 questions, then it's a guessing game where you pick a category (animal, vegetable, or mineral) and someone will ask questions to figure it out. You usually respond with "yes, no, sometimes, or I don't know".

Now it's Alexa's turn to guess, so your goal is to either trick her or have her guess right.

12. Capital Quiz

"Alexa, Tell Capital Quiz to Start Practicing"

The United States capital quiz is meant to educate students on their state capitals.

Pros:

  • Offers two modes: practice and quiz
  • Great way to learn your state capitals

Cons:

  • Sometimes Alexa can't hear your answer
  • Alexa may end the test if she doesn't understand you

Summary:

Another useful educational skill specifically made for students who need to learn their state capitals. You can either practice or try a full test to see what you know.

My only fault with "Capital Quiz" is that Alexa may misunderstand your answer, which can occasionally exit you out.

11. Happy Birthday

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"Alexa, Launch Happy Birthday"

Your very own "Happy Birthday" greeting from your favorite AI companion, Alexa.

Pros:

  • You're able to place your name in the Happy Birthday song
  • Children really like this skill

Cons:

  • Alexa's singing needs some work
  • Alexa won't always get your name right particularly if it's uncommon

Summary:

You'll get a Happy Birthday greeting from Alexa, and she'll sing this greeting to the name you give her.

It's interactive and kids will love it, but don't be shocked if she says the wrong name because Alexa has trouble with pronunciations.

10. Music Quiz

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"Alexa, Launch Music Quiz"

100's of real song samples in a quiz like format.

Pros:

  • Choose samples from different song genres
  • Quiz your musical knowledge

Cons:

  • Needs more music genres
  • Skill may crash

Summary:

This skill actually gives you 100's of song samples designed to quiz your musical knowledge. This app is designed for older kids, teens, and adults because many songs are older classics.

Sadly there's not enough music genres besides Jazz, Latino, Rock, or Hip-Hop, and you may find the app crashing or not launching properly every now and then.

9. Bingo

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"Alexa, Open Bingo"

Alexa becomes your very own bingo caller.

Pros:

  • Alexa's becomes a good replacement if you need a bingo caller
  • Easy to use and works great

Cons:

  • You have to say "Next" to move on to the next number
  • Won't work with special bingo cards where certain letters aren't necessary

Summary:

If you want to play standard bingo, then Alexa works well as a bingo caller. However I wish Alexa could move on to the next number without you having to say "Next".

Alexa doesn't have special calling options, which makes it difficult playing complex bingo games that don't require every number/letter to be called.

8. Laugh Box

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"Alexa, Ask Laugh Box for a Baby Laugh"

Get every form of laughter with your own laughing box.

Pros:

  • Multiple laughing options: from baby to sinister laugh
  • Will keep minors entertained and hopefully laughing along

Cons:

  • Miscommunication errors with Alexa
  • Difficulty exiting the skill

Summary:

This skill will entertain kids and even make adults happy. It has a lot of laughing options that you can pick but there's a downside too.

I've had trouble exiting the app during a laughing sound effect, and there's been miscommunication on Alexa's part.

7. Boo/Applause

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"Alexa, Ask Boo/Applause"

Ever wanted to boo or applaud something or someone?

Well now you can...

Pros:

  • Realistic sound effects
  • Easy to launch/use

Cons:

  • Doesn't always work or respond
  • Doesn't offer much replay value

Summary:

Alexa gives you more sound effects including your very own applause or booing sound.

Keep in mind that using the right invocation name is important, so I'd go with "Ask Boo or Ask Applause" to launch it.

There are no variations on the sound effects, which gives these skills little replay value, but young children will enjoy them well enough.

6. CompliBot

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"Alexa, Open CompliBot"

A daily dose of encouragement for those feeling down in the dumps.

Pros:

  • Motivational booster from Alexa
  • Positive and encouraging messages

Cons:

  • There are no cons here

Summary:

I could say something negative about CompliBot but there's no need for it. This skill gives you positive messages when you need it most. There's a variant of this called InsultBot, but that only gives you bad vibes.

Everyone needs a positive outlook especially children, and CompliBot is here to deliver.

5. The Name Game

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"Alexa, Open the Name Game and Use Alexa"

The Name Game plays on your name even if you didn't think that was possible.

Pros:

  • Cute skill that juveniles will like
  • Works with most names

Cons:

  • Not all names are pronounced correctly

Summary:

Give Alexa your name and she'll pop out a cute, little phrase. Most children will enjoy it, but not all names may be said correctly.

Try to enunciate your name as best as you can, and hopefully Alexa delivers.

4. Baby Lexi

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"Alexa, Ask Baby to Talk"

Baby Lexi is pure satire.

Summary:

There are no pros or cons because this skill is satirical despite its concept. I think there's a lot of potential to expand that'll make little ones enjoy it one day.

Unfortunately the only thing you'll get out of Baby Lexi is "goo-goo ga-ga", which might be enough for some children.

3. PokeyFinder

"Alexa, Ask Pokey Finder to Find Pikachu"

Information about 721 Pokémon including their types and special abilities.

Pros:

  • Offers wiki-type entries of 721 Pokémon
  • Alexa understands most Pokémon names

Cons:

  • Additional info would be useful
  • More in-depth Pokémon categorization needed

Summary:

PokeyFinder delivers quick entries on 721 Pokémon, which numerous fans of the anime are sure to love. Like Baby Lexi, this skill has a lot of potential to provide more in-depth information about your favorites.

It would be interesting if there was some connection to the games or more options such as detailed abilities of each Pokémon.

2. Sheep Count

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"Alexa, Start Sheep Count"

Alexa can help you count sheep as you try to fall asleep.

Pros:

  • Funny concept with even funnier sound effects
  • It may help you fall asleep

Cons:

  • Likely too distracting to be effective
  • Sound effects are too robotic

Summary:

If your child can't fall asleep, then why don't they try counting sheep. It's unlikely that Sheep Count was designed to help get your little ones to sleep, but that doesn't make it useless.

The sound effects may be robotic but they're funny too. It may be distracting to most, but some kids might fall asleep using this.

1. 4A Fart

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"Alexa, Ask for a Fart"

Childish but still funny, Alexa will unleash the sounds that have made children giggle for decades.

Pros:

  • Kids are likely to get a kick out of it
  • It's slapstick hilarity for the whole family

Cons:

  • May be too crude for some
  • Adults may feel uncomfortable using this skill for their kids

Summary:

It's a fart skill with various sounds that's intended to bring humor to the masses. It may be crude but many young kids seem to enjoy it because of the low-brow fun.

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