Our Amazon Echo has become a part of our everyday lives and the Alexa Skill Blueprints are taking it to another level! 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.
Alexa skills have made our everyday lives easier and a bit more entertaining. But now they’ve got even farther with the addition of the Skill Blueprints that give us the opportunity to create our own skills. You’ve got to see how creating your skills can really make your Amazon Echo your own.
Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints
If you have an Amazon Echo, hopefully you’ve discovered all of Alexa’s skills. All you have to do is say something like “Alexa, let’s play a game” or “Alexa, help me relax” and you can take advantage of them.
If you haven’t used Alexa skills, there is nothing to download or install. Just say, “Alexa, help me get started with skills.”
It’s that easy and then you’ll have everything from games, rain sounds, fart sounds, and more! (Yes, our family is very familiar with what happens when you say, “Alexa, Ask for a Fart.” Try it, if you dare!) You can even use Alexa skills to control smart home features you may have in your house.
Alexa Skill Blueprints give you the ability to make your own skills and really personalize your family’s Amazon Alexa experience.
What are Alexa Skill Blueprints?
Alexa Skill Blueprints give you and your family the opportunity to make your own Alexa skill. There are over twenty templates in six different categories and they all work on your Alexa-enabled devices.
The Skills Blueprint templates range from personalized flashcards and family games to information for babysitters and to do lists for any member of your family!
Any skills that you create using Blueprints will be for your own personal use and will not show up in the Alexa Skills Store.
If you need help getting started, you can hear a sample Blueprint Skill by saying, “Alexa, let’s try a Blueprint.” Then visit blueprints.amazon.com to start creating your own!
Family Fun with Alexa Skill Blueprints
My kids love technology and they love Alexa. So being able to use Skill Blueprints to bring us closer together is definitely something I love. Although we haven’t tried all of the Blueprints yet, we have a few family favorites already!
- Storyteller – This is one of our favorite categories. They’re all interactive stories with different themes. When you play the story, Alexa will ask you to help fill in the blanks. Then Alexa reads the story back to you! You can customize the sample story or start your own from scratch in these cool genres:
- Create Your Own Story
- Fun & Games – There are a variety of games you can create and customize. Some of our favorites include:
- First Letter – This is one of my favorites to customize because we can choose topics we all love and include answer options that work for all ages too! The entire family can play along! One of our very first Alexa Skill Blueprints I made was our Animals First Letter game and it’s still a hit with my family!
- Trivia Games – You can create all kind of trivia games. You can put together trivia on any topic you choose, your family history, and even a birthday one that is perfect for parties! Creating trivia games is as fun as playing them too! You can even play them on your own!
If you’re looking for a fun way to use your Amazon Echo with the entire family, visit the Alexa Skills Blueprints site and customize a few of your own skills! Amazon will guide you through your first one and then you’ll be ready to start creating! I have to warn you, it’s a bit addictive but so much fun!
For more fun things to do with your Amazon Echo, check out these Family Fun Night Ideas!