Games that calm you down: Kaleidoscope Drawing Apps

View of a kaleidoscope

By photo taken by H. Pellikka (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Hello everyone. Tell me something; when you were a kid did you have a kaleidoscope? What did you think of it? Did you have fun with it?

Well I did have a Kaleidoscope as a kid and used to have so much fun with the thing it was almost like an addiction. I knew even back then that it was just mirrors reflecting coloured beads and other knick knacks, but gosh darn it, was that thing magical to me!

But I digress; the topic for this post isn’t real Kaleidoscopes but Kaleidoscope drawing apps. Unlike actual kaleidoscopes which you turn round and round to see new shapes, in these apps you can move your finger on a screen and the app copies the pattern and places it around like reflections. So far all the apps I have seen create shiny neon lines which are actually quite pretty. There are many different apps available both on android and on iOS; I have only tried the android ones since I don’t own an iOS device although I’m pretty sure the apps will look and act more or less the same no matter what device you use.

Here is a link to an android kaleidoscope drawing app called magic doodle. Out of all the android apps I tried out so far I liked this one the best; of course if you don’t like it there are other apps available so you can try them out for yourself and find a better match for you.

And here is a link to a kaleidoscope drawing app on the app store called Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad . I haven’t tried this one out though so I can’t really comment on it, plus I don’t think it is free.

Don’t think I have forgotten about you desktop users, I am desktop user myself so I looked up web browser versions of Kaleidoscope drawing apps and what do you know, I hit pay dirt.  Here are the links:


You can check them out for yourself if you like.

I wrote a post about how drawing is good for stress (put link here) and I feel these kaleidoscope drawing apps give the advantages that come with drawing, along with the ability to create unique works of art. So put on your creative/artistic hat and show everyone the kaleidoscope artist in you, and while you’re at it don’t forget to relax and have fun too!


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