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- Price: Free with in app purchase to unlock full version for $1.99
Zen in Japanese literally means mediation. It is often referred to as a state of being that describes focus and an oneness of body and mind. Which ever way you it, Zen is definitely something that most of us can use more of! What better way to relax and unwind than to spend some time finger painting and creating some amazing works of art? Zen Studio: finger painting to relax & focus is a great way to find some Zen in our busy lives!
This app was developed as a way to help children relax and focus through art. The app comes with several free tutorials as well as some blank grids to create what ever they want. The art is created by swiping your screen over the geometric shapes on the screen to create pictures, something like a tangram. If you use the tutorials, then the colors are chosen for you and you use your finger to “color in” the blank triangles. Once you complete all of the squares of one color, then the next color and set of triangles appear and this continues until the entire picture is created. The blank grids give you access to the entire color palette and you can use the grid to create your own pictures. Every time you move your finger across the screen, a beautiful and calming musical sound plays which really adds to the relaxing element that this app aims to achieve. All of the pictures are saved to your art gallery so you can enjoy them anytime you wish!
Zen Studio is one of the most enjoyable apps I have reviewed. After playing it myself and reluctantly allowing my kids a turn to play, I can say with confidence that this app does exactly what it aims to do. It is a wonderful and fun way to unwind, relax and re-focus. My older children have taken to using this app as downtime after school to relax a bit before hitting their homework. As a parent, I really appreciate that they have a fantastic alternative to “vegging out” in front of the TV or a video game! I have enjoyed playing it in bed as I unwind from my day. Even though it was designed for children, I would say that it is a great app for all ages. The app comes with a handful of free tutorial templates to use, but additional ones can be purchased in app for a mere $1.99. This gives you access to over 80 tutorials and is well worth the money in my opinion. It also guarantees that you can get all future updates for free and allows you the ability to create individual galleries for each player.
This app gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me! It is definitely in my top 5 reviews I have ever reviewed because it is not only extremely fun but it benefits my family in so many ways; it provides relaxation, focus, fun, fine motor skill practice, artistic expression, and so much more. It is very affordably priced and is well-worth the price you pay for the full version.