Alexa, what is one of the top-selling gifts this holiday season? Yep, an Amazon Echo. Not sure what an Echo is? The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to Alexa, the Echo’s voice assistant, who quickly feels like part of the family. The Echo can be used to play music, ask questions, provide news and weather, and a ton more.

The niftiest features of the Echo are Alexa’s skills. New skills are added all the time, but my favorites are the fun, brain-building games you can play with Alexa. Here are my top four favorites.

Song Quiz

If you love music, Song Quiz is a blast! You tell Alexa the number of players and select a decade from the options given. You then listen to a song and try to name the title. If you don’t know the song, you can get half a point by naming the artist. My husband and I love playing this game.

Prompt: “Alexa, start Song Quiz” or “Alexa, open Song Quiz”

Amazon rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

Crazy Math

Call me a nerd, but I love Crazy Math and my brain benefits. In this game, Alexa asks math questions and you try to answer as many as possible. The questions include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and increase in difficulty as the game progresses.

Prompt: “Alexa, open Crazy Math”

Amazon rating: 4.5 stars


Playing Jeopardy with Alexa is just like the game show, complete with Alex Trebek and Alexa. New clues are available every weekday and you play the same categories as shown on the latest episode of the Jeopardy show. 

Prompt: “Alexa, play Jeopardy”

Amazon rating: 4 stars

Magoosh Vocabulary Builder

Keep your vocabulary strong with the Magoosh Vocabulary Builder. In this five-question game, Alexa gives you a word and then asks you to name the synonym out of a list of possibilities. It’s a fun way to study more advanced vocabulary.

Prompt: “Alexa, start Vocabulary Builder” or “Alexa, launch Vocabulary Builder”

Amazon rating: 4 stars

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  1. Definitely want to try Song quiz – that sounds like so much fun!


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