Use tech to your advantage. Look beyond the basic, functional stuff, and actually – there’s a ton of inspiring ways to help make life a little easier, and a little more enjoyable. If you’re looking to spend some more quality time with your family, then this article is for you.


Play Games

Google Home is absolutely packed with games! From adventure role playing to maths competitions, you’ll be able to spend hours gathered around the table together.

As of today, there are over 40 games to choose from, including ‘The Magic Door’ – an adventure game with multiple stories that require you to find hidden items and solve puzzles. If you’re more into traditional games, you can play hangman and even Tic Tac Toe.

Games like this are a wonderful opportunity to bring everyone together, to work as a team and have a laugh whilst you’re at it!


Using a Google Home Smart Speaker to play games


Do Quizzes

Quizzes are great to engage the minds of children, especially if the quiz is about a subject they’re learning about in school!

Google Home provides a massive selection of trivia quizzes, including topics like capital cities, the planets and speech technology! Pool your knowledge as a family and get a real kick from getting those questions right!


Google Home Mini Smart Speaker in Chalk within a home


Listen to Your Favourite Playlists

Google Home can connect to most popular music streaming services, including Spotify and Deezer. What’s really awesome is that you can ask Google assistant to play some music, and it will play something immediately. No scrolling through playlists or arguing which song will play first.

Dancing around the living room is a great way to keep your family fit – and you can even play your music through multiple rooms in the house if you have more than one Google Home or Google Home mini.


Google Home Mini Smart Speaker with a child in the background


Find the Best Family Movies

If you ask your Google Home to review a movie, it’ll give you a score from Metacritic, so you know you’ll be watching something good – even if the kids have picked it. You can also ask Google to recommend for you, the best movies for kids. Or if it’s for you and your partner, you can ask Google to recommend the best action, horror or comedy films too.


Google Home Mini Smart Speaker in white with popcorn


Story Time

If your nightly routine involves a bedtime story, you can ask your Google Home to help out. This is the perfect feature if you’re looking for new stories, new inspiration, or if the kids just aren’t interested in what they already have to read. It’s also great if you’re not at home, say at a hotel, and there are no kids’ books available.


Google Home Smart Speaker on a stack of books



Houses with 3 floors, loud music, intense concentration on homework (or YouTube). There are sometimes quite a few barriers to our communication at home, especially when dinner is ready now, or if you need help, but your hands are full.

Google have recently introduced broadcasting to their home devices, meaning you can contact anyone in your house in a few seconds flat. Like a loudspeaker system, whatever you say into one Google Home, is broadcast across the other devices in your home. No more conversations over the staircase!


Google Home Smart Speaker on a bedside table


Cast Magic Spells

Okay, well maybe not magic spells. But Chromecast is built-into Google Home and lets you cast whatever is on your phone, onto your TV screen. This is great if you want to watch a YouTube series, or want to look over your extra special holiday memories together.


Google Home Smart Speaker in front of a TV and tablet



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By Steph Robinson on 06.08.20

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