Coloring is a great activity for kids. When kids color, they’re developing their fine motor skills and concentration. At the same time, they’re also learning to express themselves through art.
Today, I want to introduce you to a new coloring app called Zen Studio. It’s unique in that it’s designed specially to help kids relax and focus through painting.
Harmony in Art and Music
Dubbed as “the simplest painting app ever published,” in Zen Studio you simply tap once to open a new canvas, and tap again to pick a color. You then use your finger to fill the desired area with your selected color.
What’s revolutionary about the app is the generative soundtrack that changes with your every movement. Even though the melody produced always sounds beautiful, it never sounds exactly the same. This creates a personal experience as the music you hear is always tied to your art.
Another element that sets Zen Studio apart is its triangle-based grid canvas. To form a shape, you must fill in the white spaces step by step. This constraint requires you to determine the pattern to produce an image, so in a way this app helps kids to think abstractly.
If you’re unsure how to create a specific object, the app includes a tutorial mode. Step-by-step instructions will be given to create many creatures and characters, for example, animals, vehicles, fairytale creatures, and letters of the alphabet. Alternatively, you can create a drawing from scratch in the free drawing mode.
When you’re happy with your creation, you can save it to the in-app gallery. The app allows you to produce an endless number of artwork, and you can view or edit each creation anytime you want.
Parents Need to Know
More than a drawing app, Zen Studio is also an introduction to geometry. Right off the bat you might notice that the canvases are triangle-based, which is one of the basic shapes kids will learn. Kids will also be exposed to the color wheel as they mix two colors to get secondary and even tertiary colors.
If you’re interested in learning more about the pedagogy that the app is based on, you can check out the free printable Parent and Teacher Guide from within the parental dashboard. The guide is very thorough, and even includes activity ideas that you can complete with your child.
Zen Studio is free to download, and includes up to 8 canvases, a 14-color palette, and 9 tutorials. If you wish to explore the app further, a one-time in-app purchase (IAP) will allow you to unlock more than 60 tutorials and an unlimited number of user profiles and canvases. This IAP is only accessible after entering the password-protected parental gate.
The app doesn’t require an Internet connection and has no third-party advertising.
Things I Like
Zen Studio is the kind of app that’s great for all ages. Kids will love the creative aspect of the app, whereas grown-ups will find it a great tool to unwind. There isn’t much of a learning curve to use the app, so you can quickly get into the game and start creating things. This makes the app ideal for entertaining your child (or yourself) during short breaks or while waiting at restaurants, for example.
What’s more, the app facilitates varying levels of fine motor skills. Each tutorial has a number of dots that corresponds to its grid size — one dot being the smallest grid and three dots the largest. Similarly, you can choose from 4 grid sizes in the free drawing mode.
Zen Studio is a sleek, easy-to-use finger painting app that helps kids relax and focus through geometric-based creation. Kids can follow step-by-step tutorials to draw beautiful designs, or let their creativity take over a blank grid. All the while, a soothing soundtrack accompanies their movements on screen. Recommended for ages 3+.
App was purchased by us.
About Edoki Academy
Seven Academy and Edoki have teamed up to ensure the continued production of amazing apps for kids. Both companies share similar values and are committed to providing amusing game scenarios that engage children in learning activities. Zen Studio is the first app released under their new name, Edoki Academy.
Before their merger, both companies have had some great releases on their own. Check out some of our favorites: