Both of my kids are out of school for the holiday season and for me that means it’s time to make some memories. While my oldest comes and goes quite a bit during his holiday break and seems to make most of his memories with his friends, my youngest wants to be with me every moment of every day. He’s constantly asking to decorate or bake or read Christmas stories together and I have to say, I truly treasure these moments with him where he’s still little enough to think that every holiday moment is magical. While I’ve always been big on holiday traditions and making sure he has a holiday season he’ll always remember, this year, inspired by my new found love of my Amazon Echo, I decided give our traditions a techy twist and find a way to mesh the traditions of my childhood with the technology of his to discover some easy ways to reinvent holiday traditions.
Now, don’t get me wrong here….I love my traditions just as they are. But when I can use the Echo Dot Kids Edition with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and an awesome Parent Dashboard to make them even better, well, why wouldn’t I? So how did I discover that Alexa can help me reinvent holiday traidtions? Well, my little guy has been absolutely obsessed with my Amazon Echo ever since I got it a few months ago (you can read more about how the Amazon Echo makes my life easier here). As you might remember from my original post, these awesome devices that I honestly can’t image living without anymore make my life easier by letting me voice-control my home. I’ve been finding fun ways to interact with Alexa by simply asking her to play music, read the news, tell me the weather and and more. Knowing how Alexa has helped me reinvent my days, I wanted to expand on what Alexa does and allow my little guy to get in on the fun by giving him a kid-friendly way to use Alexa not only during the holiday season but all year long. As I looked into my options for him, I knew I wanted him to have the same benefits of Alexa that I’ve enjoyed but I also wanted to control what he could do and when he could do it. After fiddling around with the settings on my Amazon Echo, I happened to discover that the Echo Dot Kids Edition was created to do all the things I wanted it to for him and none of the things I didn’t.
This awesome device from Amazon that is built from the ground up for kids is based off the fact that families have loved using Alexa in their households. Knowing how much kids love their parent’s Echo devices, Amazon set out to create a kid-friendly, kid-centric Alexa experience that has built in parental controls similar to what moms like me are already familiar with from the Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet. Much like the tablet that my little guy has adored for quite a while, the Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with an Echo Dot device, a year of FreeTime Unlimited, a kid-friendly case and a 2-year worry-free guarantee! That means that everything you need to give your child a kid-friendly Alexa experience is included in the Echo Dot Kids Edition!
The Echo Dot Kids Edition is just as easy to set up as the Amazon Echo and it takes only a few short minutes to have Alexa ready to use. While the Echo Dot Kids Edition functions in much the same way as my Amazon Echo, it’s designed to include world-class parental controls with FreeTime on Alexa that lets me select which services and skills my little guy can use.
I can also turn off voice purchasing (seriously, if you have little ones DO THIS!), block explicit song lyrics with Amazon Music and even communicate with him through his Echo Dot Kids Edition using calling and messaging when I’m not at home and drop-in when I am. I’m able to manage all these features and his entire experience on the Parent Dashboard that I’m already familiar with from his time using this Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet!
The Echo Dot Kids Edition along with the Echo Show are helping me use FreeTime Unlimted on Alexa this holiday season to reinvent the way we’re making memories and creating our holiday traditions. Just check out these five easy ways that we’re using these devices to make our holiday traditions even more special.
Stream Music While Decorating
Getting in the Christmas spirit with my little guy is as easy as allowing him to say “Alexa play holiday music!” to his Echo Dot Kids Edition. Instantly, holiday tunes fill the room and we’re able to bring our tradition of decorating the bedrooms to life without having to spend tons of time searching for last year’s Christmas CD’s to listen to.
Listen to Christmas Books
We’ve been reading holiday books for years but now Alexa can read to us! That means that I can listen with my little guy or he can hear a story as he’s having his rest time by simple saying “Alexa read me a Christmas story”. Alexa on his Echo Dot Kids Edition immediately starts reading a story that helps make the season bright.
Call Friends and Family
When we want to check in on my mom or his cousins, we can use our Echo Dot Kids Edition to make hands free calls. That means I can choose who he is allowed to call and then know that he can simple say “Alexa call grandma” and he’ll be able to share all the special moments of the holiday season with her.
And when he wants to see grandma? Well, he can move to the Echo Show to pair the benefits of Alexa that he loves with a screen that delivers crisp pictures and awesome sound.
Bake Holiday Recipes
While the Echo Dot Kids Edition is our current obsession, we’re also using the Echo Show to reinvent our holiday traditions. With the same Alexa controlled voice command abilities as our other Echo devices, the Echo Show adds the benefit of a screen so that we can simple ask “Alexa, show me the BEST holiday cookie recipe” and it instantly pops up, allowing us to follow recipes and even video tutorials.
Watch Christmas Movies
While we love listening to Christmas stories, with the addition of the Amazon Show we’re able to bring those stories to life on the screen by asking “Alexa show me the best Christmas movies for kids”. We’re instantly given a list of free and for-purchase options and can watch them immediately on the screen of our Echo Show.
Truthfully, though, these fun and easy ways that we are reinventing holiday traditions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all that the Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show can do this holiday season. Alexa on these devices can tell your child where Santa is, how many days there are till Christmas and more, making this holiday season even more fun that ones of the past.
If you haven’t discovered how Alexa and the Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Show can help make your child’s holiday season bright, do it now! Purchase your Amazon Dot Kids Edition today so that it can start helping you reinvent holiday traditions just in time for the merriest time of the year. In addition to being able to give your child a kid-friendly, voice-controlled friend, you’ll be able to take advantage of the offer of a free year of FreeTime Unlimited that includes over 300 Audible kids’ books, kid-friendly, ad-free radio stations and playlists, character alarms and premium Alexa skills that kids will love. But FreeTime Unlimited doesn’t stop with the Echo Dot Kids Edition! For a price starting at just $2.99 per month, you can get FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa for all your Echo devices, including Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot! And if you’re like us and already had FreeTime Unlimited for your Fire tablet or Android devices, you can enjoy FreeTime Unlmited on Alexa content at no addition cost! That’s a Christmas gift in itself isn’t it?
So what are you waiting for? If you’re like me and have already discovered how the Amazon Echo line of products can make your holiday bright, try some of my suggestions to reinvent your holiday traditions using your favorite device. And if you’ve been on the fence about adding Alexa to your life, do it now and use all the benefits that Echo devices bring to your life while offering your kids a way to do the same with the Echo Dot Kids Edition!
Now tell me, what’s your favorite holiday skill for the Echo Dot Kids Edition?