If it seems like Amazon’s Alexa can do just about anything…well, maybe she (or rather it) can. Along with remembering your morning routine, telling your kiddo bedtime stories and helping you to support your favorite charities, the new Amazon and LEGO toy collab is about to make your life easier—or at least more interesting.

The new LEGO Duplo Stories is an interactive skill on Alexa that allows your child to fuse technology and hands-on play. Come on, we all know just how techy our tots truly are. And now LEGO wants to give your child a break from total screen time by combining the power of Alexa’s storytelling with actual brick to brick LEGO play.

photo: LEGO Group

So how does LEGO Duplo Stories work? First, you need an Alexa-supported device, such as the Amazon Echo or the Echo Dot. Duplo Stories, which is now available for U.S. customers, is super-easy to use. Just tell your Echo or Echo Dot, “Alexa, open LEGO Duplo Stories” and you’re in.

The user follows voice prompts through a story format. Currently, the Stories feature has 10 themes, based on Duplo toys. There are five vehicle and five animal stories that Alexa guides the user through. Your child interacts with the toys as the voice assistant provides play prompts. And don’t worry if your child doesn’t have the precise Duplo bricks to build with. Your child can still interact with Stories, using other pieces.

James Poulter, Head of Emerging Platforms & Partnerships, the LEGO Group, said (in a press release), “Voice services and the Smart Speakers they live on are changing the way we listen to our favourite audio content, shop for products and now how we play together. The new LEGO DUPLO Stories skill is one of the first Alexa skills to bring together physical play with interactive audio content, allowing preschool kids and the adults in their lives to build stories and creations together.”

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Obviously, by the fact that Stories works with Duplo products, this interactive feature is age-graded for the toddler and pre-k sets (ages 2 through 5).

—Erica Loop

photo: LEGO Group

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