Product review: Mandala app for iphone

Colour mandalas are used in right brain schools like Heguru and Shichida to train photographic memory and visualisation ability.

Usually the mandalas are flashed on a screen for one to five seconds during which the child is to input an image of the mandala in the brain. Three aspects are recorded in the memory: the colours, the positions of the colours, and the shape of the mandala. The child has to reproduce an exact image of the mandala by drawing it on a blank piece of paper (for younger children, they start by filling in the colours of a blank mandala)

For home practice, I have purchased mandala cards and printed worksheets for colouring. However, this is mostly limited to home use since I didn’t want to lug flashcards, paper and crayons along when I’m out.

So when I found this free app I was really excited. I happened to find this by chance while surfing for apps for right-brain activities. It’s called “Mandalas – memory trainer

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Mandala app for iphone

Modes of play
In the app, there are two modes of play – colouring or matching. There are also four levels of difficulty.

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Game modes and difficulty levels

It even allows you to customise the duration that the image is shown! For younger children, start with 5s display.

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Timeout customisation

Colouring mode
In the colouring mode, there is a colour palette that allows the user to fill in the colour of a blank mandala.

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Sample of mandala

Just tap the colour, followed by the appropriate area to fill it in. Easy-peasy.

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Blank mandala to be coloured

Matching mode
In the match mandala mode, there are 4 mandalas to choose from.

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Sample of mandala

4 different mandalas are then shown at the bottom of the screen – one of which is the correct answer.

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Pick from 4 mandalas for the correct answer

My suggestions
For ages 0-2: the matching mode would be appropriate since the child only has to select the correct mandala.
For ages 3 and above: the coloring mode can be selected.
To increase the challenge, the timing can be gradually reduced from 5seconds to 1second.

Conclusion
This is definitely a must-download app for those who want to work on their photographic memories on the go 🙂 My only gripe is that the colours have already been pre-selected instead of choosing from a palette, and also that we cannot create our own mandalas. But hey, it’s free!

This app is useful for the adults too. I tried a few exercises – it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I could definitely use some help to improve my memory 😉

Do you have any apps to recommend?

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