Shape Tool

  • Shape Tool


    This tool allows you to create any geometric shape imaginable. Squares, triangles, rhombi, trapezoids and hexagons can be created, colored, enlarged, shrunk, rotated, reflected, sliced, and glued together. What design can you create?
    This interactive is optimized for your desktop and tablet.



    • You can double-click any of the shapes along the top and it will automatically appear on the canvas, or you can click-and-drag a shape to any location.


    • Scissors – This tool takes 3 clicks to use.
      1. Click a location on the canvas.
      2. Move the cursor across a shape and click again to complete a cut line.
      3. Finally, click on a shape that is covered by the line, and the shape will be cut into two pieces.
    • Glue – Click one shape, and then click an overlapping shape. The two will become one.
    • Eraser – Click on any shape, and it will be removed from the canvas.
    • Rotate – Click on any shape, and it will be rotated 30° clockwise.
    • Horizontal Reflect – Click on any shape to reflect it about a horizontal axis.
    • Vertical Reflect – Click on any shape to reflect it about a vertical axis.
    • Line Reflect – Move the line by adjusting the two dots. Then, click on a shape to reflect it over the line.
    • Mirror – Like the Line Reflect, shapes will be reflected about the line. The difference, however, is that a new shape will not be created. This feature is merely to explore what happens with a reflection.
    • Plus/Minus – With the +/– buttons turned on, click on a shape to increase or decrease its size.
    • Paint – Select a color, and then click on a shape to change its color.
    • Snap – Turn this button on to make objects snap in place with other objects.
    • ClearThis is a dangerous button! Pressing it will remove all objects from the canvas.