12 smart home devices that make great gifts this holiday season

If you have kids and an Amazon Echo device in your home, then you probably already appreciate having a smart voice assistant with children. 

My kids love asking Alexa and Siri questions and jokes — especially asking them to turn on “party mode,” which triggers our living room’s lights to change colors and start playing the Trolls soundtrack. This new Echo Pop Kids with parental controls is perfect for that.

The Echo Pop Kids is a visually attractive speaker, with a Disney Princess or Marvel’s Avengers design on the speaker, and it’s the perfect addition to a playroom. Visuals aside, kids will also love Alexa’s capabilities. 

The Echo Pop Kids comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon+ Kids, which offers access to kid-friendly Audible books, interactive games, and educational Alexa skills. Plus, the voice assistant can even help them with homework.

You’ll love the Echo Pop Kids for its parental controls, too. Alexa can intelligently filter explicit songs and ensure kid-friendly responses. The Parent Dashboard can also control daily time limits, see recent activity, and lock emergency contacts for the kids to call in an emergency. 

This device works as a smart voice assistant, an Eero Wi-Fi extender, and as an electronic educator for children. Your kids can ask Alexa questions and jokes, buying you 10 minutes to read this article, among other ZDNET gift guides.

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