We are SUPER excited to give you the opportunity to WIN Amazon’s new smart screen display, the Echo Show 8!
For many, the school holidays have involved a complete change of plans with holidays, plans and outings being swapped for time in with family. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas on how to entertain your kids during this period of home isolation, it might be time to get a smart home device and let tech do the hard work!
Amazon recently released its new smart screen display, the Echo Show 8, which can display your favourite photos, show you the weather and keep you up to date with the latest movie trailers. With Alexa on board, you can ask questions, plays music on request, control compatible smart-home devices and more. You are able to extend Alexa’s capabilities by installing “Skills” which are essentially Alexa’s version of apps – perfect for children and adults, and can personalise your experience even further. Listen to your favourite news station, find recipes, do a workout, read a bed time story, play a game and much more!
We’ve come up with a list of all the fun things Alexa can say or do that’ll be sure to keep your kids entertained for hours this Easter. To start exploring, simply ask “Alexa, what are your kid Skills?”.
1. Sing along with Alexa
Hosting an array of music streaming services, and with many different voice control features, Alexa can open your family to music like you’ve never experienced before. The Echo Show 8 also has a karaoke feature so you can host concerts in your living room! To get started just try asking “Alexa, sing a song”, “Alexa, play baby shark” or even “Alexa, can you beatbox?”
2. Play games with Alexa
Getting sick of the board games in the cupboard and the Nintendo games? Alexa has a huge range of games to play with the whole family. Exclusive to Australia is the SpongeBob Challenge – a memory game where you take on the role of a new Krusty Krab employee tasked with remembering increasingly complicated food orders and relaying them to other staff members who include SpongeBob, Squidward and Mr. Krabs. Not a SpongeBob fan? Ask Alexa to play Simon Says, Pikachu Talk to chat to a Pokémon or 21 Questions. To get started just ask “Alexa, what games can you play?”.
3. Ask Alexa for fun facts
For a quick learning exercise, Alexa can round off facts about a wide range of topics such as animals, geography, music and more! To get started try asking “Alexa, tell me a fun fact”.
4. Ask Alexa any question under the sun
Did you know you can ask Alexa if you’re a mermaid, which planet you are or even if she can fart? The kids will be entertained for hours asking her every question you don’t want to (or can’t!) answer.
5. Let Alexa choose the entertainment
Bored at home and need entertainment? Try telling Alexa “Alexa, I’m bored”, “Alexa, surprise me” or “Alexa, give me a lucky dip”.
6. Get Alexa to take over story time
Hosting a collection of professionally narrated short stories for kids aged 5-12, you can tune in at any time to hear your family story of choice via this skill from the Amazon education team. To get started just say “Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story”.
7. Let Alexa help with homework
Did you know that Alexa is also a mathematician? Doing homework with Alexa is an easy and fun way for children to practice maths. Kids can choose the appropriate level and different topics, including addition, multiplication, rounding and more! Alexa can keep track of scores and progress, increase and decrease difficulty as needed and celebrates when your kids reach their goals. To get started say “Alexa, start Amazon Math”.
8. Exclusive to Echo Show 8: Watch TV with Alexa
Whether you’re wanting to watch the latest movie trailer or the kids’ favourite show you can do so with Alexa! To get started try “Alexa, play The Wiggles” or “Alexa, watch ABC Me on iView”. ABC will extend its educational programming on ABC ME to support students and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday during Term 2. The schedule moves from primary content in the mornings through to secondary content in the afternoons.
You can find the new Echo Show 8 here
Please note, to access kid skills, parents will need to activate the “Allow Kids Skills” toggle under Settings/Kid Skills via the Alexa app.
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