New Alexa Kids skills are about to take over your smart home speaker
Amazon has announced the first set of Alexa skills designed especially for children. The new range of eight skills can be downloaded via the Alexa app.
Amazon says the free experiences, which include skills from brands like Lego, Pac-Man, Moshi and Beano, will mix learning with fun.
For example, the Pac-Man Stories Skill is a ‘fun and educational’ choose your own adventure experience. Kids will engage with Pac-Man characters and will have to make the correct moral choices in order to complete the adventure.
Meanwhile, the Lego Duplo Stories skill is an interactive storytelling experience that uses Duplo characters.
With their parents, “toddlers can choose between 10 Lego Duplo Stories themes—five vehicle or five animal stories—and define the route of the story, while guided by Alexa.”
The Beano skill provides a true or false quiz, trivia, sound effects and jokes and arrives in the 80th anniversary of the Beano’s initial publication.
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Moshi Twilight offers bedtime stories designed to help kids get to sleep at night. There’s calming narration, guided relaxations and soothing sounds from the folks who brought us Moshi Monsters.
Finally, there’s Amazon Storytime, which includes an ever-expanding set of narrated short stories from noted personalities.
Amazon says skills from Panda Rescue, Would You Rather Family and Fun Kids Radio are also available now, with Sesame Street following soon.
Echo owners can find the kid skills within the Alexa app, or use by saying “Alexa, what are your kid skills.”
Parents will be able to turn kid skills on and off at any time via the Settings portion of the Alexa app.
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