Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY Flip Chute

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The flip chute makes for an awesome center activity.  It is so versatile it can be used for any subject matter and in any grade.  Be sure to check out the video to see how to use and make the flip chute.

Items to Gather:

  • 1.8 QT milk or orange juice container
  • Sheet of card stock cut into two strips (10 1/2"x3/4"; 7" x 3/4")
  • Decorative duct tape or contact paper
  • Packing tape or masking tape
  • Scissors or an Exacto Knife


Other Tips/Suggestions:

Although you can use index cards cut into quarters for the skill cards, it is helpful to make a template on your computer with the question on one side and the answer on the other and then print single-sided to double-sided.  You can then reuse the template.



  1. Julie,

    This is AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this idea! Do you have a computer template you would be willing to share for the cards?


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  3. What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  4. LOVE IT! This goes on my summer to-do list.

  5. This is great. I bought one last year for $30 here in Australia... the cards are $12 a pack. This is going to save me heaps! Thank you so much!

  6. This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen! It is absolutely amazing! Thanks for giving us the video so we can make our own! I need to go buy an orange juice carton ASAP!

  7. This is AWESOME! My brain is going wild with all the concepts I can use this with! My 5th grades might even practice their states and capitals! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  8. What a wonderful idea! This will be great for my kids with moderate to severe disabilities to use in centers. Thanks so much!

  9. Love this so much! I just watched the video, and it's a little hard to hear but I think that the cardstock strips are 3 1/4" instead of 3/4".


  10. Thanks! I have seen them used before, but never knew how to make them. Guess I will be buying some juice this summer.

  11. Thanks for reminding me about this cool tool! I learned how to make these learning chutes years ago in a learning styles academy! It's very motivational to the kids and they love making 'mini' chutes for home use out of the small milk cartons that some school still get. [My school can no longer do that because we've moved to plastic bottles now! :(]

  12. I am so glad you posted this! We made these in elementary school (about 20 years ago for me) and I had forgotten all about it. It made studying a little more fun! Can't wait to get one made for this fall. Thanks again for the post and the video!!!

  13. This is awesome, I have one in the classroom and they fight over it but now I am going to have them make their own. Thanks so much for this!

  14. The Everyday Math program we use calls those "Function Machines". The kids really love using them, especially the kindergarteners! Thanks for sharing how to make one.

  15. How cool. I've never heard of those - but I can easily see it being used in my reading/LA classroom! Amazing:)


  16. Julie, that is an amazing idea for any grade level and just about any subject. Thank you so much for sharing and doing the video demonstration on how it is made!
    Deb at Fabulously First

  17. My mom taught for years and gave this to me when she was done. She always referred to it as her "technology". The kids love it! Can you imagine? Such a simple idea. For speech groups, I put their sound on one side of the card and then a picture with their sound on the other. I have also used it for opposites - one on each side…such a simple tool but so fun for the kids. I would highly recommend it.


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