This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
In our house, our Amazon Echo has been a part of our daily routine for a couple of years now, and Alexa is like a member of our family. Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask Alexa a question, check the weather or play a song. The kids love to try and stump her! Now Amazon has introduced kid-friendly versions of its devices. Predictably, our kids love new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition designed just for them.
When we first installed our Amazon Echo two years ago, we wanted to make sure the kids were accessing Alexa in the right way. Knowing Sophia and Ava, without oversight they would have her helping them with answers to their homework assignments. We put rules in place for how and when Alexa could be used, and for what purposes. As we got more comfortable with the technology, we found Alexa was a great addition to our household. Now she helps us with all kinds of things, like making dinner reservations, booking travel and predicting weather condition in far away places.
Still as parents, we worry about the kids have full access to all the knowledge and operations Alexa is capable of providing. This is why we’re so excited to welcome the new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition into our home.
Kids Love New Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Fire Designed Just for Them
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition
From the moment we set up our new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition in the family room, both Ava and Sophia set out to quiz and stump Alexa. Of course they did not win that battle of brains, but it was pretty funny to listen to them try.
Ava: “Alexa, spell ‘icup’“
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: “I’d rather not answer that”
Sophia: “Alexa, is your refrigerator running?”
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: “Yes, it’s training for a 5K”
Bottom line, the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is designed with content curated for them specifically. Alexa can be accessed to play games like Simon Says, quiz them for tests, read them a story, play songs and plenty more.
I personally love the connection between Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Audible, where my kids can listen to a story read aloud by actors. For example, Ava can listen to her favorite Harry Potter books while multi-tasking with something else.
Alexa Parent Dashboard
Through Alexa’s Parent Dashboard, we can control what the kids can access on their Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and what they cannot. Through the Alexa app on my phone, I can:
- set time limits for how long the kids can access Alexa
- filter explicit lyrics from songs (those hip hop artists can get pretty graphic)
- control access remotely, limit hours and pause activity
- listen into the room to hear what is going on remotely
- and much more
Next up, we plan to link the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition to our household Amazon Echo system. This way, our current three Alexa stations can welcome their little sister into the network. One of the cool things about this? We can be upstairs and ask Alexa to summon the kids in the downstairs family room, using the system as an intercom. So many cool things to explore with this gadgetry – we’ve only just touched the surface! (We’re totally into learning how to use Alexa Skill Blueprints to schedule a Chore Chart for the kids. No more nagging! Alexa will remind the kids to do their chores at the specific times we set!)
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, giving us access to hundreds of hours of fun and educational content. After the first year, the fee for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited starts at just $2.99 per month for Prime members and $4.99 per month for others. (We can cancel at any time by contacting Customer Service. Those of you with rambunctious kids will be pleased to know that the device comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition
Although Sophia and Ava are beyond the ages served best by the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, we tried it out and are so happy to have this fun device. It’s perfect for when our family and friends visit with their littles.
Designed for kids ages 3-12, the all new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is the latest generation of Amazon’s best-selling kids tablet. This device allows kids to play games, watch programming, and engage in many fun learning activities. Kind of like the Echo for those on-the-go situations, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition is bundled with many of the same games and features in a visual display. Kids can just touch the screen to scroll through categories and choices, selecting with their finger the activity they would like to begin.
One of the things we noticed about the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is it’s design and durability. It is a real tablet with fully engaged screen, but protected by a kid-safe bumper that comes in blue, pink, or yellow. With 8 hours of battery life, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition will easily serve the busy family on the go.
When Sophia and Ava were little, we loved having devices like the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition to keep them entertained in the car and on trips. Because of technology like the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, it’s now possible for families to continue the learning and play features for kids at home too.
Just like the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and two-year worry-free guarantee. If anything happens, we can return it and Amazon will replace it – no questions asked.
Perfect Gifts for the Holidays
Since we know kids love new Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition designed just for them, we’re sure these will make great gifts for the holidays. We’re Amazon Prime members, which makes ordering these gifts even easier. We could even be huge holiday shopping procrastinators (who, us?) and still order the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition and Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition right up until just days before Christmas. Amazon will even wrap them for us!