Reviewed by Mary
Brush with Jackson is an app designed to encourage children to brush their teeth, it was created by Scottish developer Rosie’s Playtime. It is available in both iPhone and iPad versions. Jackson is a very cute yellow rabbit, and when it’s time for your children to brush their teeth Jackson will brush along with them. They can choose one of two tunes to brush to. Jackson puts toothpaste on his toothbrush (making my kids giggle as the toothpaste flies through the air) wets his toothbrush, brushes his teeth for 2-3 minutes and then rinses. Children can also interact with Jackson outside the bathroom. If they talk to him he lifts his ear to listen, then repeats back what they say. Touching his tummy, nose or eyes can make him giggle, jump, wiggle his nose or wink. My kids love to watch him use his toothbrush as a musical instrument, you can never be sure what instrument or tune he will play next- my favorite is when his toothbrush plays Scotland The Brave with bagpipes and drums! You can also video and playback up to a minute of your interaction with Jackson. The function where the child speaks and Jackson repeats what they say reminds me of a G-rated version of Talking Tom Cat, and I find it a fun way to do some informal speech practice. Brush With Jackson supports English and Japanese and a new update adds support for Spanish, Chinese, French and German. The app contains no adverts or in-app purchases.
The idea behind this app is very simple, but my 3 children (aged five, five and eight) are all mesmerized by Jackson. They love watching him brush his teeth, and happily brush alongside him for much longer than they are normally willing to brush! They also have a lot of fun playing with Jackson and find it really funny when he reacts to them, especially when he repeats what they say or they make him laugh.
There are some enhancements I would like to see in a future update- it would be nice if Jackson reminded the child to brush each part of their mouth in turn, and if he wet his toothbrush before putting on the toothpaste rather than after it. It would also be nice to have a few more choices of music to brush to, and seeing a timer ticking down would be helpful for parents to know how much brushing time is left.
Overall, if you have children who are reluctant to brush for a full 2-3 minutes this is a fun and engaging way to encourage them to brush longer. Jackson is cute bunny who is fun to play with outside the bathroom too, and SLPs and parents may also find Jackson useful for some fun speech practice. My kids give him an enthusiastic thumbs up! My five-year-old twins have even told me they would like Jackson bunny to come and live at our house. Speaking as a parent I’m happy to recommend this app, any tool which encourages my children to do a good job of brushing their teeth and makes it fun instead of a battle is a good thing in my book.
Category: Health and Fitness
Jackson Lite (Meet Jackson and talk to him): Free
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).