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Yay, Alexa! 11 Best Amazon Device Gifts for Kids in 2022 [Ages 3+]

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In this post, I review the 11 very best Amazon device gifts for kids of all ages.

best-amazon-devices-for-kids-and-teens-e1636213228186-2339447Whether you have kids of your own or are looking to pick up a little something for a member of the younger set, these 11 gadgets all make great gifts kids are sure to love.

Here are my picks for the best Amazon device gifts for kids, ordered by age-appropriateness:

  1. Ages 3-12: Amazon Glow Projector
  2. Ages 3-12: Echo Dot Kids Edition
  3. Ages 3-12: Echo Show 5 Kids Edition
  4. Ages 3-12: Fire HD 7 Kids Edition Tablet
  5. Ages: 3-12: Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
  6. Ages: 3-12: Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet
  7. Ages: 3-up: Echo Glow Smart Light
  8. Ages: 6-12: Fire HD 7/8/10 Pro Tablet
  9. Ages 7-12: Amazon Kindle Kids Edition
  10. Ages: 13-up: Amazon Echo Dot Clock 
  11. Ages 15-up: Echo Show 8 or 5

Got Kids?

Got kids?  Or do you know someone who does? Of course, you do.

Shortly after I updated my post comparing the Echo Dot Kids Edition vs Echo Dot, a few of you had asked about additional Amazon device gifts for kids.

I am a kid at heart, so I couldn’t think of anyone better for the job.

So, my dear readers who want to spoil a special youngster, this post is for you.


1 Amazon Glow Projector

Best for Ages
3
to 12

The #1 pick on my list of the best Amazon device gifts for kids is this cool and very futuristic Amazon Glow Interactive Projector.

Not to be confused with the Echo Glow smart light featured later here, the Amazon Glow Projector is probably one of the most innovative products that Amazon announced this year.

Amazon calls it a “video chat projector for kids.” The Glow combines projection, audio, and sensing technologies to create an immersive experience to make kids and their loved ones and friends feel like they are playing together in real-time.

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • 19″ inch touch-sensitive projected area for playtime on a desk, table, or floor
  • 8″ inch LCD screen projects approved contacts live and in real-time (hello, grandma!)
  • FreeTime Unlimited gives kids access to over 1,000 Audible books, thousands of songs, and hundreds of games and skills.
  • Exclusive content from Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street: kids can draw with Elmo, play puzzles with Spongebob, play cards with Barbie, and much more
  • Ability to play puzzles and games, draw, and read stories with loved ones from even thousands of miles away
  • Kids can control lights, plugs, and switches using Alexa’s smart home features.
  • Kids can turn a favorite toy into a digital sticker.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Two-year worry-free guarantee where Amazon will replace it if it breaks.
  • The ability to use their own tablet to interact in real-time via the Amazon Glow app.
  • I’m putting this one in the parent category because I am such a fan of the Toy Story franchise: animated storybooks from Toy Story (Sorry kids, I want this! Step aside).
  • Constant updates with new feature-rich and educational content to help kids learn and grow.
  • Privacy at the center of it all – kids can only call contacts that parents pre-select and the privacy shutter on the device will instantly disable cameras and mics.

2 All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition

Best for Ages
3
to 12

The #2 pick on my list of the best Amazon device gifts for kids is the Echo Dot Kids Edition. The best thing about this speaker is that it is designed from the ground up for kids. This includes built-in parental controls, a ton of kid-friendly content (e.g., Disney stories, classic fairytales, music, games, and more. A generous two-year worry-free guarantee is also provided in case your kid decides to take it into the bath—or fling it into a wall.

Amazon has upped the Ante by releasing this “4th-generation” update last year. The main obvious difference in this update to the Echo Dot Kids edition is that is available in two cute designs: Tiger 🐯 and Panda 🐼.  The other improvement is that it leverages Amazon’s new audio hardware design for better overall sound quality.  Yay, Alexa!

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Loads of kid-appropriate content from the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, and more.
  • Two fun kid-friendly animal design /color choices.
  • FreeTime Unlimited gives kids access to over 1,000 Audible books, thousands of songs, and hundreds of games and skills.
  • Kids can ask Alexa questions, check the weather, set alarms, and timers, and more.
  • Alexa will also play music, tell jokes, and read stories appropriate to younger ears.
  • Kids can control lights, plugs, and switches using Alexa’s smart home features.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • The Parent Dashboard gives you granular, centralized control over the content to which your kids are exposed.
  • Pause Alexa if you hear something you don’t like.
  • Review kids’ activities and set time limits so that they aren’t using it all the time.
  • Ability to filter explicit songs from certain music services so that your child is never listening to anything you don’t approve of.
  • An extended two-year warranty means you can easily replace it if your child decides to use it as a hockey puck or a frisbee.

Thanks to Real Life Unboxing for this early look. Cute kid!

📚 Related: Echo Dot Kids Edition vs Echo Dot


3 Echo Show 5 Kids Edition

Best for Ages
3
to 12

Next on my list of best Amazon devices for kids is one of the best-kept secrets on the Net: the Echo Show 5 Kids Edition. Yes! There is a kid’s version of the Echo Show. If you want a cool way to make that special child feel a little more grown-up, here you go. In addition to all of the same benefits, they would get with the Echo Dot Kids edition, including parental and privacy controls, they also get everything Alexa with a 5.5″ screen at a vibrant 960 x 480 resolution.

Kids can also play videos, make video calls to approved contacts, and get help with homework using the Show 5 Kids fun chameleon design. The included one full year of Amazon Kids+ subscription gives them access to a whole world of kid-friendly content.

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Fun chameleon design just for them.
  • They get the best of Alexa for kids on a cool display.
  • Thousands of hours of fun content including games, audio books and educational skills that help them develop and grow.
  • Same premium audio experience as the adult version of the Echo Show for crisp vocals and nice bass as well.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Privacy settings include a camera shutter and a microphone off button.
  • Parents can set a list of approved contacts for video calls to ensure your child speaks with only whom you approve.
  • Parental controls let you set time limits for specific types of content (like video watching).
  • Alexa delivers all responses in kid-friendly language.
  • Ability to filter explicit songs with a single tap.
  • Two-year worry-free guarantee; Amazon will replace it for free if your kid breaks it.

4 Fire HD 7 Kids Edition Tablet

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Best for Ages
3
to 12

The Fire HD 7 Kids Edition Tablet makes kids feel all grown up with their very own tablet that comes pre-loaded with kid-friendly and educational content.

With a 16GB hard drive, the Fire 7 Kid’ Edition Tablet comes with a generous two-year warranty to give you added peace of mind in the event it breaks. Also, with the included one-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription, kids get unlimited access to videos, audiobooks, apps, and educational content to browse the web, watch videos, or listen to music.

In other words, parents have complete control and kids can still have loads of fun!

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Choice of a Pink, Blue, or Purple case, each with a built-in stand.
  • One-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription comes with a ton of kid-friendly content.
  • Access to 20,000 books, movies, TV shows, apps and games curated especially for kids 3-12.
  • 16 GB of storage (expandable by up to 512 GB) + unlimited cloud storage for Amazon digital content.
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Ability to set age filters to ensure kids see age-appropriate content.
  • Parents can add content to kids’ profiles and limit access to apps and games like Netflix or Minecraft.
  • Parents can create time limits, filter the overall content, and even set educational goals.
  • Ability to manage content for up to four child profiles from a single parent dashboard.
  • All in-app purchases require parental approval.
  • Rugged case and two-year, “worry-free guarantee.”

5 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

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Best for Ages
3
to 12

Available in three different color choices (Blue, Pink, and Yellow), the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet includes a bright 8” HD display and 32GB of internal storage. Plus, kids can use it for up to 10 hours per battery charge and purchasing it gets you one full year of access to apps, videos, Audible audiobooks, and much more from Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.

Like the Fire HD 7, kids can also play games such as Minecraft and watch parent-approved movies via Netflix. Parents can monitor activity and set limits on the websites kids can visit.

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Youngsters get access to a ton of kid-friendly content from FreeTime Unlimited, including over 20,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, games.
  • Kids can access a wide variety of content from fan-faves including PBS, Disney, and Nick Jr.
  • Up to 10 hours on a single charge means the battery won’t poop out mid-game or mid-stream.
  • Kids can watch their favorite parent-approved shows on Netflix.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • You are able to control the amount of time their kids spend on the tablet.
  • Parents can set age filters ensuring they are only allowed access to age-appropriate content.
  • You can also restrict access to specific websites and can even review browsing history and usage.
  • Parental controls are easily managed online via a parent dashboard on the Amazon website.

6 Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet

Best for Ages
3
to 12

The larger 10.1” Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet also comes complete with a colorful, durable case and 32GB of internal storage.

The full HD display makes it even more exciting for kids to use, and it comes with one year of free access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, giving your little hooligans access to sites such as PBS Kids, Disney, Nickelodeon, and many others.

After the year is up, you can opt to continue FreeTime Unlimited access for only $2.99 per month, making it a great deal for every family.

The annual cost of FreeTime is currently the same for all Fire HD Kids tablets as well as the Echo Dot Kids Edition. The larger screen size makes this one my favorite Amazon device gifts for kids.

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • All of the benefits of Fire 7 and 8 HD Tablets
  • Kids have access to thousands of movies, TV episodes, books, apps, games, and more through FreeTime Unlimited (free for one year).
  • Some examples of content kids can access include Toy Story, Frozen and Frozen 2, Rocky and Bullwinkle (remember them?), Lego City, and (one of my personal favorites) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Parents can limit screen time, and set educational goals and curfews.
  • Ability to filter content and restrict types of music children listen to.
  • The online parent dashboard and 800 number make it easy to manage content for up to four child profiles.
  • In FreeTime, kids do NOT have access to social media.
  • All in-app purchases require parental approval, and kids do not have access to Alexa in FreeTime, so they can’t order up an Xbox—or 100 pizzas.

Quick Comparison Table: Fire HD Tablet 7 vs 8 Vs 10

The following table provides a side-by-side comparison of key specs for Fire HD Tablet 7 vs 8 vs 10.

Fire 7
Fire 8
Fire 10
Fire 7 Kids tablet, 7" Display, ages 3-7, 16 GB, (2019 release), Blue Kid-Proof Case10
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (Previous Generation - 8th)10
Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet – 10.1” 1080p full HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (2019 Release)10
Display
7 inches diagonal
8 inches diagonal
10 inches diagonal
Storage
16GB
32GB
32GB
Audio
Single [mono] speaker
Dual [stereo] speakers
Dual [stereo] speakers
Camera
2MP front/rear
2MP front/rear
VGA front 2 MP rear
Educational Apps and Games
Audible Audiobooks
Minecraft
Netflix
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Color Choices
Blue, Pink, Purple
Blue, Pink, Purple
Aquamarine, Lavender, Sky Blue
One-Year FreeTime Unlimited
Resolution
1024 x 600
1280 x 800
1920 x 1200
Fire 7
Fire 7 Kids tablet, 7" Display, ages 3-7, 16 GB, (2019 release), Blue Kid-Proof Case10
Display
7 inches diagonal
Storage
16GB
Audio
Single [mono] speaker
Camera
2MP front/rear
Educational Apps and Games
Audible Audiobooks
Minecraft
Netflix
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Color Choices
Blue, Pink, Purple
One-Year FreeTime Unlimited
Resolution
1024 x 600
Fire 8
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (Previous Generation - 8th)10
Display
8 inches diagonal
Storage
32GB
Audio
Dual [stereo] speakers
Camera
2MP front/rear
Educational Apps and Games
Audible Audiobooks
Minecraft
Netflix
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Color Choices
Blue, Pink, Purple
One-Year FreeTime Unlimited
Resolution
1280 x 800
Fire 10
Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet – 10.1” 1080p full HD display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case (2019 Release)10
Display
10 inches diagonal
Storage
32GB
Audio
Dual [stereo] speakers
Camera
VGA front 2 MP rear
Educational Apps and Games
Audible Audiobooks
Minecraft
Netflix
Yes [with subscription purchased separately]
Color Choices
Aquamarine, Lavender, Sky Blue
One-Year FreeTime Unlimited
Resolution
1920 x 1200

Last update on 09/20/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Wade from Tech Daily does a really nice job in this video review comparing the Amazon Fire HD 7 and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets:


7 Amazon Echo Glow

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Best for Ages
3
and Up

Available now, the Amazon Echo Glow is a brand-new multicolored smart lamp that is great for kids and works great with Alexa.

The first thing that you need to know is that the Echo Glow requires a compatible Alexa device in order for it to work. It works only with Alexa and does not support other smart speakers like Google Home or Apple Homepod. The upshot is that the device is so simple to set up and use that it’s completely stress-free for parents.

Kids can even create lighting cues that help them count down to dinner time [or bedtime!] or tell them when they can stop reading.

As I side note I was surprised to see Amazon discontinue the Echo Dot buttons, which I own and enjoy with my kids. Remember Simon? They work in much the same way. Man, did we have fun with that in the 80s or what?

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Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Playing to beautiful rainbow lighting patterns.
  • Controlling the smart light’s color and brightness using Alexa.
  • Having a smart light that is especially for them.
  • Synching it up to their favorite music using an Echo Dot or other compatible Alexa device.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Super simple setup using the Alexa app.
  • Making bedtime fun with the Rainbow timer to keep bedtime routines on track.
  • ‘Easing wake up time’ feature gradually makes the light brighter until it’s time to wake up.

📚 Related: Philips Hue Play Vs Bloom Vs Go: Smart Light Play Time!


8 Fire HD 7/ 8/ 10 Kids Pro Tablet

Best for Ages
6
to 12

Here’s a little something for older kids requiring a little more oompth in their tablet experience.

Whiles still available in kid-friendly designs that appeal to older kids, Amazon explicitly states that this is “not a toy.” This is because it features:

  • an octa-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 10.1″ Full HD display
  • dual cameras
  • USB-C (2.0) port
  • up to 1 TB of expandable storage

This is a powerful tablet perfect for homework, gaming, streaming, and more that won’t slow your kid down. There are also 8-inch and 7-inch options available that you can choose from the Amazon product page at the link below.

Kids Will Love 🧒

  • Powerful tablet with hardware on steroids that won’t slow them down.
  • Amazon Kids+ included.
  • Older kids will appreciate content from National Geographic, Rabbids Coding, LEGO, and others.
  • More than 9,000 titles, plus thousands of songs and audiobooks for kids ages 6 and up.

👪 Parents Will Like

  • Multiple levels of parental controls allow you to “ease restrictions” over time.
  • The more powerful tablet unlocks a whole world of learning for your child without limiting the experience in any way.

📚 Related: How To Use Amazon Alexa for Homeschool


9 Kindle Kids Edition

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Best for Ages
7
to 12

Made specifically for kids, the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition allows them access to thousands of audiobooks that they can peruse with the touch of an icon.

Kids can choose from popular titles like Harry Potter and Boxcar Children and onboard tools like Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder help strengthen reading skills.

Available in four different designs, it lets them concentrate on books only because there are no games or movies to distract them.

Kids can explore thousands of popular titles at any time, and the device comes with a free year of FreeTime Unlimited for their reading enjoyment.

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Kids Will Love 🧒

That Gollum character always freaks me out. Smeagol, Smeagol. Yikes!

👪 Parents Will Like

  • No games, ads, or videos means kids are free from distractions to keep them reading!
  • Parental controls that keep kids away from books you don’t want them to read.
  • Parents can set educational goals and even view their child’s reading progress for each book and each day.
  • Amazon Parent Dashboard makes changing the settings fast and simple
  • If you ever have any questions or problems, you simply contact the customer service department for assistance.

10 For Older Kiddos: All-New Echo Dot

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Best for Ages
13
and Up

With an attractive fabric design that comes in four different colors, the Amazon Echo Dot [4th Generation] is a round-shaped smart speaker that your older kids will appreciate even if space is limited. It has a rich, loud sound and a high-quality speaker that makes using it a lot more fun for teens who are starting to really appreciate music. They can ask Alexa to play music from their favorite services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Apple Music, and Spotify; answer questions; listen to Podcasts; check the weather.

And Alexa now has thousands of skills they can use to help with homework, stay in touch with friends, and generally make a teenage life a little easier. Oh, and now that Amazon has added an LCD clock to the front of the dot, it will hopefully help them get out of bed on time for school too. Yeah, right!

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11 For Older Kiddos: Echo Show 8 or 5

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Best for Ages
13
and Up

Last on my list of the best Amazon device gifts for kids is the Amazon Echo Show. With a 5” or 8” display screen, the Echo Show Show 5 or Echo Show 8 can make a great gift for older or more “mature” kids in your life.  Teens can use the device to issue voice commands along with a screen to control their home life. Your kids can also connect with you and their friends via messaging and video calling. You can also set up the Echo Show to act as a video intercom to communicate with other devices in your home. Your kids can even personal their home screen so that everyone knows who it belongs to.

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📚 Related: Echo Show 8 vs 5 vs 2nd Gen: ‘Just Right?’


Bonus Idea! Galaxy Star Projector

Best for Ages
3
to 12

While this one is not an Amazon device per se, this Galaxy Star Projector and Night Light makes a great gift for kids of all ages. And it does work with Amazon Alexa for voice control. You can set the lights to music and change the colors with your voice. Very cool.  I bought a more expensive version of this and I absolutely love it.

This is a highly rated kid-friendly version that both kids and parents seem to love. Super affordable for what you get too!


Can You Make Echo Dot Kid-Friendly?

Yes, you can make the adult version of an Echo Dot kid-friendly by enabling parental controls on the device. However, you won’t get access to the free one-year FreeTime Unlimited subscription like you will with the Echo Dot Kids Edtion.  You also don’t get the extended two-year warranty, the fun colors, carrying case, or comic-book-like documentation.

Still, the Echo Dot from grown-ups may be more appropriate for older kids, or kids who think they are too old for the Kids Edition. The good news is that you can enable parental controls on the device, by following the steps under “How To Enable Parental Controls” below.

DGIT also has a nice guide here, although my instructions below are more up-to-date where the Alexa app is concerned.


What Can Kids Do with an Echo?

Whether you choose an Echo Dot Kids Edition, regular Echo Dot, or an Echo Show, the selection of Echo products for kids affords them some amazing opportunities, including the chance to:

  • Listen to kid-appropriate stories and Audible audiobooks
  • Play content from kid-friendly entertainment networks like PBS Kids, Disney and Nickelodeon
  • Get help with Math, History, English, Science, Spelling and other schoolwork
  • Play music from favorite artists and, if on an Echo Show, view song lyrics
  • Control smart devices such as lights and plugs
  • Communicate with other Echo devices in the home
  • Enjoy a variety of fun and educational games

It is important to note that there are some non-native-Alexa devices (Fire HD, Kindle) on my list of best Amazon devices for kids, and parents can always control what kids have access to with Alexa.


Is Amazon Alexa Safe for Kids?

This is a common question asked by families with young children in the household, and the answer to this question is yes, Alexa is safe for kids as long as certain precautions are taken.

These devices all have a way to allow parents to filter the content so that kids can’t access songs with explicit lyrics, shopping sites that allow them to run up a credit card bill or call people you may not want them to talk to.

Simply put, parents can use parental control features to make Alexa safe for kids. They can also use their judgment about what is appropriate for the age and maturity level of their children.


How to Enable Parental Controls

Parental control capabilities in the various Alexa-compatible tools are super easy to utilize, even for parents who are not exactly tech-savvy.

For Youngsters

To set any type of parental controls for Kids Edition devices, first, you need to enable FreeTime.

To Enable FreeTime:

  1. On your iOS or Android device, open the Alexa app.
  2. On the bottom right, tap Devices.
  3. Tap Echo & Alexa.
  4. Select the devices for which you want to enable parental control.
  5. Scroll down and select FreeTime.
  6. Tap the toggle to change it from Disabled to Enabled.
  7. Tap the Setup Amazon FreeTime button at the bottom.
  8. Enter your child’s first name, select a gender and enter the birthdate.
  9. Choose an icon and select Add Child.
  10. Tap Continue, then enter your Amazon password and tap Sign in. It may also ask you to confirm it’s you through two-factor authentication.

To Access the Parental Controls Dashboard:

Do the following to access the Parent Dashboard on your computer or from a mobile device:

Go to https://parents.amazon.com.

Note: For Amazon FreeTime-enabled devices, Alexa communication is available only for parent-approved contacts outside your household.

For Teens:

  1. To allow teenagers to shop on their own and parents can approve purchases over text.
  2. Go to https://www.amazon.com/cr/parentLanding.
  3. Click Sign up Now and follow the instructions provided

Getting Help

Once you log on, the steps are usually self-explanatory; however, Amazon also publishes a toll-free phone number for Free-Time Unlimited customers you can utilize if you have any questions or concerns while setting up your device.

You will get access to the number after you sign up.


Best Amazon Device Gifts for Kids: Your Take?

best-amazon-device-gifts-for-kids-6655973So what do you think about my picks for the best Amazon device gifts for kids?  Are you considering gifting one of these cool gadgets to a child this year?

Do you feel the parental controls give you peace of mind enough to trust your kids with Alexa?

Amazon has sure come a long way to address consumer privacy concerns over the past year. I do think the parental controls and other privacy options will continue to get even better.

By the way, if you are curious about some additional Alexa devices that Amazon announced in September, don’t miss my “A+ Alexa” post. I’ll include a link under Related Links below.

Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  I hope to hear from you!


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