Cute boy sitting at the dining table and listening to the smart speaker. (Alexa Skills for kids)Recently, I did something I never thought I’d do as a parent: I put an Alexa device in my child’s room. 

And regardless of whether the decision was driven by rational thinking or lack of sleep, it has been a pretty fun tool for my kiddo to use! I originally purchased an Echo Glow and an Alexa so my daughter could easily control her own night light, thus ending what we lovingly refer to as the “night light wars.” I didn’t envision it being useful in any other way at the time, but boy was I wrong!

One of our favorite features has been the “Alexa Skills.” Though I was hesitant at first about using the device for more than a night light (and an intercom — so handy!), I was comforted by the available parental controls that allow me to turn off all applications unless I specifically approve them. Obviously, we turned off her ability to purchase anything — that could be a disaster! But, we did approve some specific “Alexa Skills” that she loves and we tolerate because, well, we’re tired. 

These are a few of our favorite Alexa Skills for kids — my preschooler has been having a blast with them!

“Alexa, tell me a knock-knock joke”

knock knock

This is one of our favorites, even though most of the jokes go way over my preschooler’s head. I, however, usually think they’re hilarious! Definitely corny, but also very funny.

“Alexa, play freeze dance”

It’s a classic, and I have to say I don’t miss pressing the pause button myself! We use this skill the most when we need a break from our chores. Let’s face it, sometimes you just need to dance it out!

“Alexa, open the Magic Door”

magic door

We love the Magic Door because it’s an interactive and original storytelling game. Instead of just telling the story, the Magic Door allows the kids to help make up the story. Some of the stories can get a little bit “spooky,” but you always have the option to restart!

“Alexa, open bedtime stories”

Alexa bedtime stories skillTurns out, this is one of my new favorite skills. We love reading books at bedtime, but there’s always a small gap of time between when my kiddo goes up to her room and we come to tuck her in. Playing a bedtime story helps settle her in, and she’s definitely calmer by the time we come up to do our bedtime routine!

“Alexa, open Animal Workout”

Animal Workout is one of my favorites for a rainy day, and it’s a staple in every preschool classroom. The “skill” encourages children to act like a specific animal, and it’s a great opportunity to work on some gross motor skills.

“Alexa, open Daily Dinosaur”

This adorable feature gives daily facts about dinosaurs! It’s especially helpful if you have a difficult time pronouncing the really elaborate dinosaur species names in the many dinosaur books your child chooses from the library.

“Alexa, open Curiosity”

Curiosity has an endless amount of useful and fun facts and educational stories for kids (and parents). We have a lot of “why” questions in our house, and this is a great outlet for when you just can’t handle answering one more. 

“Alexa, open Sesame Street”

Sesame Street

Playing hide and seek with Elmo and doing the letter of the day is perfect for the preschool crowd. We open this skill at least once per day, and right now it’s perfect for, “Mama has to make a phone call, and I need five minutes of relative quiet.”

“Alexa, open how many days”

Alexa how many days skillThis is a classic but exceptionally useful tool that takes the pressure off moms to remember how many days until the next birthday, school vacation, or holiday. One of those Alexa Skills that gives kids some independence!

“Alexa, open Trolls”

Admittedly, this is better for elementary school kids, but it’s still fun for my preschooler most of the time. In this musical skill, you build your own song and then play it for Troll Village. You can even save the song you create to play endlessly in the future!

”Alexa, ask SillyThings to tell me to do something silly”

silly things alexa skillWant to get a little silly? SillyThings will give your child (or you!) prompts for something funny to act out, like, “Act like you just ate a really sour lemon,” or “Do your most silly dance,” or, “Act like you are standing on hot lava.” It’s a fun one to try with the whole family, too!

“Alexa, ask Pikachu to talk”

With the Pikachu skill, your preschooler can fulfill all their Pokemon dreams and have in-depth conversations with Pikachu. This skill is definitely not my favorite to listen to, but it lets me work in peace for several minutes at a time.

“Alexa, open hide and seek”

Alexa hide and seek skill

This classic game for kids is one of the many Alexa Skills that works great when a kid is playing solo. Pick your favorite hiding spot in the same room as your Alexa device, and she’ll give three guesses to try to “find” you. If she doesn’t guess your spot, you win!

This post was originally published in 2021 and has been updated for 2024!

Chelsey Weaver
Chelsey is a "central Mass" girl who married her 7th-grade sweetheart. She attended both undergraduate and graduate school in Boston, then taught high school on the North Shore for seven years. After living in Winchester and Melrose for several years (and moving too many times), she and her husband finally settled in Groveland in 2015. She loves the North Shore and everything it has to offer, and she enjoys raising her daughter there. Chelsey is the community engagement coordinator for Boston Moms and is mostly a stay-at-home mom. She spends lots of time advocating for children with disabilities, arguing with insurance companies, and looking for disabled influencers, inclusive companies, and materials that celebrate neurodiversity. She avidly listens to audiobooks, hates everything about coffee, and, most importantly, loves being a mom.


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