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.
As a traveling family with 5 active kids, our life is pretty chaotic. Honestly, even when we are not traveling our demanding work schedule combined with the kid’s homework and after-school commitments is pretty crazy in itself- ha! Which is why I am so thankful for all the amazing technology these days. I mean, how did our parents do this whole mothering thing without cell phones and Amazon?? I’m just glad I am parenting in today’s era where I can teach my Alexa Echo all sorts of tricks to make my life easier. For example, I recently discovered Alexa Skill Blueprints, have you heard of them? You can actually custom create your own Alexa Skills using Blueprints now. Check out the skills I use to stay connected with my family and make our life a little more hassle-free.
Why Busy Families Will LOVE Alexa’s Skill Blueprints
My mom gifted us an Amazon Echo right when it came out. I have to be honest I had no clue how much I would wind up using it at the time. After a few months, the Echo became part of our everyday routine. We listened to our favorite Amazon Music stations, the kids asked Alexa questions for homework help, I added things to my shopping list, the kids played games to occupy time while waiting for me to finish dinner and we used the timer a lot too.
What I didn’t realize was how much more handy, and practical, Alexa would become with the addition of the NEW Alexa Skill Blueprints. They are a total game changer because you can customize them quickly and easily to perform a bunch of helpful tasks like chore charts for the kids, fun birthday trivia- great for parties, and you can even create custom stories featuring your own kids!
What is are Alexa Skill Blueprints?
A Blueprint is basically a customizable template that helps you create your very own Alexa Skill for use on Alexa-enabled devices. There is no coding required and it is so simple my kids have been creating their own Skills. There are over 20 templates in 6 different categories so there are plenty of options available.
Alexa Skill Blueprints Travelers Will Love
If you are a frequent traveler like me you will love creating your own Alexa Skills to hold valuable information for your babysitter or pet sitter. I used Alexa Skill Blueprints to create a pet guide with information on my dog’s daily routine, the location of his food and leash, and important information about his health history and Veterinarian contact too. It was super easy and now I can rest easy knowing our pets are in good hands while we are away.
I think this specific feature would be perfect for vacation rental hosts because they could store detailed instructions for their house guests. It would probably save a lot of phone calls.
A more playful way to use Alexa Skill Blueprints for travel is to create a story with your child. Ella hates when I leave so before my latest trip I created an Adventure Story with her. She told me she played it every time she came home from school and it helped relax her. Warmed my heart!
Watch these Alexa Skill Blueprints in Action Below-
Enjoy some family fun by creating your own games with Alexa Skill Blueprints
Speaking of fun there are a ton of ways to use Alexa Skill Blueprints for entertainment. My kids love when I use Blueprints to create NEW Family Trivia questions. They get a kick out of trying to learn more about our family and to be honest I love calling my mom and talking to my grandma about our family history. There is also a Blueprint for Birthday Trivia which I think would be a ton of fun at a kids birthday party. You can also load your favorite family jokes through one of the Alexa Skill Blueprints so that anytime anyone is feeling down they can grab a quick laugh.
Make your kids smarter!
I am serious! You can actually create flashcards so that you or your kids can study, review, and test yourselves so that you can master new concepts and prepare for tests. If you are like me than you believe that chores help kids learn how to have a strong work ethic (aka makes them smarter) and there is an Alexa Skill Blueprint that can help you with that too. Did you know that you can create a list of chores for your kids and Alexa will read it to them? It’s life-changing Y’all. Stuff is finally gettin’ done in my house WITHOUT me having to nag anyone!!! (woot! woot!)
Ready to create your own Alexa Skill Blueprints? Here’s how…
To create your own Alexa Skill, simply visit blueprints.amazon.com. There are three easy steps to complete once you are there and you can literally complete your own Alexa Skill in minutes.
Need to manage your Alexa Skill Blueprints?
There is an app for that! While the Alexa Skill Blueprints site is the spot to create your very own Alexa Skills it is important to understand that you need to head to the Alexa App (you can download it on your Smart Phone) or visit https://alexa.amazon.com on your desktop. Here you can control and manage all of Alexa’s Skills including those that you create via Blueprints.
What will you use Alexa Skill Blueprints to create?