I love my Alexa. She keeps me organised and entertained day to day. I love that the system gets updated on a regular basis so there is always something new to discover. She can even host board games now like When in Rome. Because I think Alexa is a little gadget of awesomeness I thought I would put together some cool things that she can do!
You can add the Alexa Skill to connect to Morrisons or Tesco to make your shopping list. Add things to your grocery shop instantly. This is brilliant if you are cleaning and running low on disinfectant or the kids have used the last toilet roll on one poo! (Yes I am talking from experience here!). Simply add the item to your list to make sure you don’t forget. As your Alexa is connected to your Amazon account you can add things to your Amazon basket, purchase things from Amazon and also check your order status.
Use Alexa as an efficient kitchen assistant. You can source recipes, request to convert units say if you want to know what a cup is in millilitres and so on.
Another handy feature is being able to set multiple timers. You can name different timers and save them, which is very useful for dishes that you have regularly.
Control The Home
Alexa can control smart enabled devices such as lighting, heating thermostats, door locks, security cameras, robovacs, turn on tv’s and sound systems and pretty much control anything that is powered with a smart plug.
There are lots of skills you can add via the Amazon Alexa app. Here are just a few of our favourites –
4AFart – Alexa will fart. Probably the most used skill in our house!
Amazon Storytime – Plenty of short stories to listen to.
Bird Song – Little ones can have fun identifying different bird songs. You could use this alongside the RSPB website.
Lemonade Stand – A fun game where you run your own little business selling lemonade. Helps maths skills and problem-solving.
High Five Maths – Lots of fun maths questions with a choice of levels.
Rain sounds relaxation and focus – there are lots of calming sound skills to choose from. If you have problems dropping off at night then these could perhaps help?
Gordon Ramsay Skill – Ask him what he thinks of your dish and listen as he rips the hell out of you!
The Magic Door – An interactive adventure game.
7 Minute Work out – A customisable fitness routine to follow.
Create Your Own Skills With The Blueprints Skill
There are so many things you can do in the blueprint skill. Every skill can be personalised so, for example, you want to create a chores rota for all of the family, everyone can just check with Alexa that day to see what their designated chores are.
Another good one is if you run an AirBnB or hire out a property. You can create a skill that the guests can use to find out what to do in the area, where to find things in the property and instructions on how to use electricals etc.
Fun things to say to Alexa
Alexa, party on Wayne
Alexa, never gonna give you up
Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?
Alexa, fetch me a beer
Alexa, can you beatbox?
Alexa, winter is coming
Alexa, what did the fox say?
Call in free samples by asking – Alexa send me samples. This will prompt Alexa to send a message to the Alexa app with details on how to register with sendmeasample.net. When samples become available you can opt for them to be sent out to you.
There haven’t actually been any samples available since I signed up so will update this post when I do receive any.
Do you have a favourite Alexa skill? Or maybe you have a Google home and have some fun features to share?