Pattern Shapes, by MLC 4+

A Math Learning Center tool

The Math Learning Center

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 16 Ratings
    • Free

iPad Screenshots


Students use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. Many of these explorations lead naturally to thinking about fractions as parts of a whole.

This virtual version of pattern blocks is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments that use iPads. Pattern blocks are a key model used in Bridges in Mathematics, second edition. Online preview available at:


• Rotate shapes in increments of 15 degrees.

• Measure angles with the protractor tool.

• Duplicate and change the color and size of shapes.

• Fill the built-in outlines with shapes or create your own to share with others.

• Choose between a triangular or square grid, or a blank background.

• Hide and reveal work with resizable covers to create your own problems and model strategies.

• Use the drawing tools to annotate work and show understanding.

• Add equations, expressions, and descriptions with the math text and writing tools.

• Share your work by saving an image or providing a share code to others.


This resource is brought to you by The Math Learning Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 education since 1976. Our mission is to inspire and enable individuals to discover and develop their mathematical confidence and ability.

This app was crafted by Clarity Innovations. We help improve teaching and learning by creating solutions that match promising technologies with the needs of education. Visit us:

What’s New

Version 3.1

This version introduces a fixed palette with additional drawing and annotation tools: highlighter, rectangular and round shapes, variable line thickness, and arrowheads.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Didi90012 ,

Nice app

I really like this app, it is fun and useful. I like that you can change the color of the shapes and that you can resize it. There is only one tiny thing that could be fixed. I wish there was a library so I can see what I made in the past, but overall it a wonderful, great app.

Iowamom2013 ,

Fun and useful math tool

This app is great to use as I teach math concepts to my children, but it is also just fun to play around with! I like that I can design my own shapes to fill in an save them. The protractor feature will be useful soon as we introduce measuring angles. Easy, free and no ads!

olivervasbinder ,

Excellent Work! 5 Stars!

Thank you for making this app. I like the colors for 1000/10! This app is very useful for doing math equations!

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