15 Ways Kids Can Use Google Home Right Now

The smart home assistant market exploded last year, bringing artificial intelligence to families around the country. These powerful tools can help kids prepare for our AI-driven future. Here are some easy ways to get kids chatting with AI right now…

1. Answer a kid’s burning questions.

Thanks to artificially intelligent personal assistants like Siri, Google Home, or Amazon Echo, kids now have access to an unprecedented volume of knowledge before they even know how to read. Using these simple commands, you can teach kids an valuable life skill: how to ask a computer for information.

2. Choose music for the house.

Google Home can play be configured to play music from your Spotify (commands listed above). I made a couple kid-friendly playlists on Spotify and my daughter loves commanding the music at home. You can also use Pandora, YouTubeMusic, and Tunein accounts.

3. Listen to a story.

The “Hey Google, tell me a human story” will get play a StoryCorps interview with a real life person. A great way to broaden a kid’s horizons. Also try: “Read a poem,” “Tell me a story,” and “Tell me a scary story.”

4. Play on a game show!

Just say “Hey Google, Are You Feeling Lucky?” or “Ok Google, play trivia” to open an elaborate trivia game show. All the questions are kid-friendly, and it quickly became my daughter’s favorite pastime.

5. Decorate your Google Home.

Use googly-eyes, cloth, paper, feathers, beads, stickers, or anything else to customize your in-home artificial intelligence.

6. Translate words into the languages.

Encourage your kids to translate their favorite (or least favorite) words. Before going to sleep, kids can ask: “Ok Google, what’s ‘Good night’ in German?”

7. Make Google Assistant repeat herself.

Kids will sometimes miss Google Home’s messages. It’s simple to fix. Just say “Okay Google, repeat that” or “Hey Google, repeat that”.

8. Do some Mad Libs.

Mad Libs / Via madlibs.com

Just say “Okay Google, play Mad Libs” or “Hey Google, Play Mad Libs,” and let your kid fill in the blanks.

9. Consult a crystal ball.

Just say Ok Google, play Crystal Ball” or “Hey Google, play crystal ball” to access silly and kid-safe predictions about the future.

10. Share a shopping list.

When kids run out of a favorite food, beverage or toothpaste, encourage them to add it to the grocery list. Google Home stores all the lists, but DOES NOT automatically buy anything. You can build responsibility without risking your checkbook…

11. Learn a new language.

By following these commands, kids can learn Spanish through VERY simple quiz questions…

12. Spin the dreidel!

Google Home has a number of quick kid’s games built in, including this virtual dreidel. Just say: “Okay Google, spin the dreidel” to play.

13. Roll the dice.

Other quick kid’s games include: “Okay Google, flip a coin” and “Okay Google, roll the dice!” You can even choose how many dice you want to roll…

14. Play the Akinator game

Like a tireless playmate, this app will keep playing guessing games with kids into ETERNITY…

15. Learn how to meditate.

After a long day of chatting with Google Home, encourage kids to take a quick mediation break. Just say “OK Google, talk to Headspace” to get a guided meditation that anybody can follow…

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