Alexa Skill Bamboo Luminaries

Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa offers the ability to do many hands-free tasks. But parents and educators can also use many of Amazon’s Alexa skills to engage their children with additional educational content throughout the day. If you have not used your Amazon Alexa for educational purposes, a great Alexa skill to try is Bamboo Luminaries.

If you are not sure exactly what an Alexa skill is, check out my full in-depth article. And get 20 Additional Educational Uses for Your Alexa!

If you have never added an Alexa skill to your Amazon device, you will be happy to know the process is amazingly simple!

3 Ways to Add an Alexa Skill to your Amazon Echo and Alexa Devices

1. You can use your voice to enable and disable any Alexa skill

  • To enable, say “Alexa, enable [skill name].”
  • To disable, say “Alexa, disable [skill name].”

2. You can add Alexa skills from your smartphone

  • On your smartphone, open the Alexa app.
  • Use the menu icon in the screen’s upper left corner.
  • Tap “Skills & Games.” Here you can tap the “Discover” or “Categories” to find Alexa skills.
  • Tap on any listed skill to get details of it including what phrase(s) you can say to start it, basic info such as links to the developer’s privacy policy and terms of use, and customer ratings.
  • Want to use the Alexa skill? Tap the “Enable to Use” button, and you’re done.
  • To use the skill simply say “Alexa, open [insert skill name].”

3. You can add Alexa skills from your Amazon account

  • Log in to your Amazon account and select the category Alexa Skills.
  • Use the Amazon search bar at the top of the browser window to find an Alexa skill.

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  • Or, browse the categories using the left-hand navigation bar. You can even sort by reviews.

Alexa Skills categories on Amazon

  • Click on any listed skill to get details of it including what phrase(s) you can say to start it, basic info such as links to the developer’s privacy policy and terms of use, and customer ratings.
  • Want to use the Alexa skill? Click the “Enable” button, and you’re done.

  • To use the skill simply say “Alexa, open [insert skill name].”

One great Alexa skill to enable is Bamboo Luminaries! To enable it just say “Alexa, open Bamboo Luminaries.”

Bring Historical Figures to Life with the Alexa Skill Bamboo Luminaries

The Alexa skill Bamboo Luminaries is a great way to add a little history fun to your child’s day. The game covers people from architecture, art, film, geography, history, literature, music, science, social justice, and sports. Each day features a “Luminary of the Day,” so you will be introduced to some amazing people and learn about their achievements.

My favorite part of Bamboo Luminaries is the game called Guess a Luminary. Here you can take quizzes and earn points and badges. There are over 150 “luminaries” featured, with more being added. So, there is enough content in this Alexa skill to keep an inquisitive child (or family) busy for a while.

Another feature I love is that Bamboo Learning has taken the time to build out images, text, and graphics. If your family has an Alexa screen-based device like the Fire TV, Echo Show, or Fire tablet, you can view images, text, and graphics for each luminary.

Sojourner Truth-Luminary Card

Just like any game, it’s more fun if you read the instructions so you know how to play. The team at Bamboo Learning has a guide on their website which explains how to use Bamboo Luminaries. It’s a quick 2 minute read that will help you get the most of of this Alexa skill.

Bamboo Luminaries is an Alexa skill the entire family can enjoy. Because they have included both prominent and lesser-known influential historical figures, everyone in the family is sure to learn something new. Also, teaching kids how to use Alexa for learning is a great way to show them how to utilize technology as a tool for lifelong learning.

Alexa skills are a great way to fold some educational fun into everyday moments. Don’t think of it as adding another task to your parenting checklist; instead, consider how can you enrich a moment. Consider using Alexa skills like Bamboo Luminaries while you prep dinner together or clean up after dinner!

Have you used Bamboo Luminaries? Which luminary is your favorite?

Bamboo Luminaries-PINBamboo Luminaries from Bamboo LearningBring History to Life with Bamboo Luminaries

The Alexa Skill Bamboo Luminaries

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