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If you have an Amazon Echo in your home, you know how useful it can be. We love to ask Alexa to do all sorts of things for us.
-Set a timer for reading or cooking
-Reordering things on Amazon
-Tell us stories
-Play music while we are cleaning so we can “happy clean”
-Tell us the time and weather where our son is serving a mission in Leeds England
-Convert measurements while we are baking
-Tell me how the traffic is before I leave my house
-Alexa can even help me relax by playing the sounds of a thunderstorm
And so much more! If you want to know all the things Alexa can do, you can say “Alexa, help me get started with skills.”
But now, in additions to the skills Alexa already has, you can personalize your Echo by making your own custom skills in just a few minutes with Skills Blueprints at blueprints.amazon.com.
It’s so simple! No coding required.
The web site takes you through creating a skill step by step. Then after you’ve set up your custom skill all you have to say is “Alexa, open (then the name of the new skill you created.” You can use them on all your Alexa-enabled devices. There are over 20 templates in six categories.
You can use Skill Blueprints to create a birthday party quiz for the birthday boy or girl, create a voice only chore chart and even remember things like where your spare keys are.
Because I’m a mom to 5 kids and my house is always cluttered, the first thing I created with the Skills Blueprints was a cleaning checklist for the Kitchen.
So now whomever is cleaning the kitchen just asks Alexa, “Alexa, Kitchen Step One” and she tells them what to clean first. Then, “Alexa, Kitchen Step Two” and so on until the job is done. I know that these can be written on paper, but how much more fun is it to have Alexa tell you the steps? Way funner! Especially for kids.
Then you can tell her to play 50’s Hit Music and jam out while you clean, like I do . . .
We like to use Skills Blueprints for family night and create an Adventure Story. With the adventure story you can have a parent and child create the skill together and tell a story of adventure when a family member is traveling. You can create a Mother’s Day Story for mom, create a blueprint for babysitters to help them find things around the house, or highlight a family member with a quiz game the whole family can play together. We especially love the Burn skill. You can create custom burns to have fun teasing someone. You can even create flash cards for a child who is learning something new.
The possibilities are limitless.
Here is a little video I created to show you the first three things we created with Skills Blueprints:
To get started, visit https://www.amazon.com/alexaskills