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?