Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flat Stanley - Stopping by for a visit

We received a surprise in our mailbox last weekend. As part of a second grade school project, one of our friends colored a Flat Stanley and mailed him to our home. His arrival is pretty exciting. We're the first stop for her paper doll's adventure. That's him in the image above. (I hope he didn't mind getting scanned!) Don't you love the clothes and hair?

If you've never heard of the Flat Stanley project before, the idea for this fun learning exercise comes from the children's book, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. By making and mailing their own Flat Stanley, kids can learn about interesting places around the world. Here's a little more about the character, according to the letter we received with our Flat Stanley -- "Stanley is a little boy who was flattened when a bulletin board fell on him. Once he was flattened paper thin, he went on many adventures. One adventure led him to climb into an envelope and mail himself to a friend in California!"

Our friend's Flat Stanley is now on his way to the UK to visit Zoe and kids at Playing by the Book. Hope he has some wonderful adventures there.

We haven't read the original book yet, but on our next trip to the library we plan to pick up a copy, probably the picture book version illustrated by Scott Nash.

Versions of the original book by different illustrators:
Original 1964 version illustrated by Tomi Ungerer; ISBN 9780060206802
1996 HarperTrophy (A Trophy Chapter Book) version illustrated by Steve Bjorkman; ISBN 9780064420266
2003 40th Anniversary edition illustrated by Scott Nash; ISBN 9780060097912
2006 Picture book edition illustrated by Scott Nash; ISBN 9780061129049
2009 version illustrated by Macky Pamintuan; ISBN 9780060097912

Downloadable [pdf] Activities, Teacher's Guides
Classroom Fun with Flat Stanley
Have a Flat-Out Amazing Time With Flat Stanley - Activities and Event Suggestions Kit
Map it Out with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley Templates:
Flat Stanley Project
Blank Stan to Decorate (www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us)


Virtual visit!!! - While we'd love to send a Flat Stanley to all of our blog friends, we can't afford the postage. However, if you are reading this post, Flat Stanley has just visited you virtually! Please leave a comment so that our second-grade friends in Wisconsin can see just how many people met this Flat Stanley (include your state or country in your comment, if you'd like, so they can talk about all the places he visited online). Have you or your kids ever participated in a Flat Stanley project?


Happy Birthday Author said...

Nice to meet you Flat Stan. My family lives in Ohio. Good luck on your adventures!

My kids have never participated in a Flat Stanley project, but it sounds pretty cool! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Flat Stanley! You are virtually visiting me and my family in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls, is about an hour north of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is where Heinz ketchup is made. A few recognizable names from Beaver County: Joe Namath and Christina Aguilera.

Have fun on your adventures!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

You chose a great family to visit, Stan! We're in Virginia and our own flat "E" visited her aunt last year. She had a great time, and I'm sure you will too!

Anne said...

We haven't participated in a flat Stanley project before, but I know B would love it. We have made sure we take pictures of some of his favorite toys when they go on vacation with us! We're in California, so you can count a virtual visit here!

Debbie said...

Hi Flat Stanly from Montesano, WA. Montesano is a small town West of the Capital, Olympia WA close to the Pacific Ocean.

We haven't participated in the Flat Stanley project, but have heard a lot about it. Have fun learning about all the different places Flat Stanley visits!

rubynreba said...

Hi Flat Stanley! We are from Iowa. My little granddaughter just made a Flat Stanley a while back too. What fun they are!

Jody Feldman said...

Flat Stanley, you have a great face!

Jody from St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Anonymous said...

Hi Stanley! It's so nice to meet you! I hope you are having a nice visit in Blogland.

We have hosted a Stanley. He mostly sat by my desk with the cat and kept me company while I wrote, but I did try to take him out to museums, theater, etc. He seemed to enjoy that. Stanley was a wonderful house guest.

Anonymous said...

Hello Flat Stanley. You are visiting Dodgeville, Wisconsin. It is the county seat for Iowa County, Wisconsin and the home to the oldest courthouse still in use in Wisconsin. Also the home of Lands' End retailers.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

How Fun! "Hi" from Palatine, Illinois!! My first grader's class took Flat Stanley all around the world - whenever a parent in the class went on a trip, they would take Stanley with them and take a picture.

Great fun! :)

Margot said...

Now that my children are grown and gone I'd completely forgotten about Flat Stanley. Glad to see they are still around and taking on new life. Great project.

Colleen said...

Well, we're not that exciting of a visit, LOL!! We've been on both ends of Flat Stanley--the kids always LOVE it.

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

We can't wait for Flat Stanley to arrive here!

I didn't know there were so many different versions of Flat Stanley - thanks for putting all this together.