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Two years ago to this very day, our family broke ground to build our home on a plot of land nestled between a field of planted pines, and over the next year we watched the house that we spent countless hours designing and planning being built from the ground up. Fast forward to this moment in time, and I stand amazed at the home we’ve created. It’s inside walls are adorned with photos of our beautiful children, the rooms are filled with love and laughter, and there’s a voice ringing throughout the air that helps keep us all laughing, entertained and running efficiently with a simple, single command.
This holiday season, our house has adopted two amazing devices that are helping our household run smoothly and efficiently, and bring a whole new level of “smart” to our family dynamic. We recently welcomed two Amazon devices – the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet and the Echo Dot Kids Edition into our family with open arms, and things have only changed for the better around here!
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet has proven to be unlike any other tablet that I’ve ever seen. In fact, it continues to impress me daily with the interactive features available for my child and the ability it gives me to refine her usage of it to help kick her brain power into high gear. It’s the latest generation of Amazon’s best-selling kids tablet, and it features an 8″ HD display, quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of mixed-use battery life. But friends, that’s not even close to being the best part!
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes with 1 year of Amazon Free Time Unlimited, giving us access to over 20,000 books, videos, games and educational content that is suitable for young eyes and ears. It is equipped with easy-to-use parental controls that allow me to limit screen time, filter age-appropriate content, and set educational goals for my child. I absolutely love that, as the parent, I can access these features remotely without ever touching the tablet itself, so I know my child is having quality “tablet time” wherever she may be without getting into anything that she shouldn’t. To top it all off, the tablet comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If it breaks, we simply return it and it’s replaced for free!
And that voice that rings throughout our home that I mentioned earlier? That’s none other than our friend Alexa, who has kept my little one smiling since they day they were first introduced! My husband and I have owned an Echo Dot for about a year now, and recently my daughter received her very own Echo Dot Kids Edition, complete with a version of Alexa that really has us impressed! Through the Echo Dot Kids Edition, Alexa is a kid-friendly comedian, storyteller, DJ and so much more! She is always learning new skills to keep my little one entertained and using her brain, and she even acknowledges her for using “please” when asking questions!
My daughter especially loves to ask Alexa to tell her a joke, and she is always having a dance party in her room to music she asked Alexa to play. Having access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, we have access to hundreds of hours of content, including kid-favorite songs, games and skills! Plus, I’m able to easily filter explicit songs from Amazon Music, so I have no worries at all about what she may be listening to!
Through the use of Amazon Smart Plugs, we easily programmed several devices to turn on and off through voice command to Alexa. Perhaps our new favorite one is asking Alexa to turn on her bedroom lamp. When Taralynn has to use the bathroom in them middle of the night, she simply says “Alexa, please turn on my lamp” and she is able to easily get up and out of bed without any issue! As my daughter is approaching school-age, we will be programming Alexa to perform new routines, such as waking her up at a specified time, playing music while she gets ready for school, setting timers and reminders, and so much more!
Having the Echo Dot Kids Edition and the Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet has provided our household with so much fun, and living in a world where your house gets a little smarter every day is certainly the bees knees! Having access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited has been really great, too. After the first year of use, it starts at $2.99 per month for Prime members, and $4.99 per month for non-Prime members. The subscription can be used on numerous devices, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, and compatible Android and iOS devices.
Do you have devices in place that make your home smarter? Is there a little one in your life that would love the features of the Echo Dot Kids Edition and/or the Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet? With the holiday season in full swing, I can’t think of a cooler gift to surprise a little one with! With all of the skills and features available with these two products, they’re sure to make for an excitingly smart new year!