Getting your kids excited to learn in a world of extremely accessible technology can be a struggle.
You want them to appreciate physical books, but also want them to take advantage of the learning possibilities that technology affords — but what’s the line that separates healthy usage and brains turning to mush? Screen time effects are harder to measure than you think, and there’s not a one-size-fits-all limit yet. In the meantime, you can experiment to find the right balance for your family.
Amazon wants to give busy parents a hand on both ends: Through March 26, you can get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for just $0.99 when you sign up for a Prime Book Box subscription. That $19.99/month will get you hand-picked children’s books up to 40% off and delivered right to your door.
New books make carving out nightly reading time easy, and what better way to turn your kids into die-hard readers than by turning delivery day into their favorite day of the month?
Each box contains two new hardcover books chosen by Amazon Book Editors from thousands of options. Books are curated by age (baby-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and you can choose to receive books every one, two, or three months. Before each shipment, Amazon will send you a preview of the books in your next box and give you the option to swap out titles from a list of alternatives.
After signing up, add an Echo Dot Kids Edition to your cart and check out by 11:59 pm PT on April 2. You’ll see the price automatically drop to $0.99 (before tax) and get that free 2-day shipping.
The Kids Echo Dot is exactly what it sounds like: A cuter version of the regular smart speaker that caters to kids’ habits, tells jokes, and has learning and playtime content readily available, all in a kid-friendly case. One year of Free Time pre-downloaded (a $36 value) includes skills from Disney, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, and more, plus options for parental controls and time limits. If you’re worried about kids getting too much screen time, this a great alternative.
Kids can’t control smart home devices with the Kids Dot, but they can set timers, ask Alexa questions, listen to songs (the non-explicit versions), and more. The Kids Dot can also be linked into the intercom system if there are other Echo devices in the house.