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Sunday, March 15, 2015

What is the Flat Stanley Project?

This is a project for 3rd graders and it teaches them about other cultures, states, and countries. It does not happen right away, but rather is over the course of several weeks. 

Flat Stanley Project

Originally the Flat Stanley children's book was written in 1964 by Jeff Brown. I have read this book and it is very good reading for children. From there came the Flat Stanley Project that was started in 1995 by a third grade teacher, Dale Hubert of London, Ontario, Canada.

Flat Stanley Project, Dale Hubert

The students are given a paper doll of a man they call Stanley. Students can dress him up in the colors that they want for him. Then they go a step further and write a letter explaining who flat Stanley is. They mail it to a student, relative or friend anywhere in the world. If they have relatives in another country or state, they will mail it there. Then the relative or friend is to take flat Stanley to a famous landmark in their city and take a picture with flat Stanley and mail it back to the child's school. It is amazing and interesting for the students to see how flat Stanley travels around the world.

One student's flat Stanley came back with his picture taken at the beach. Also, a souvenir was sent back with flat Stanley, it was a small mini-shark in a bottle. This was really nice.

According to Meghan Everette Flat Stanley traveled in France. She further adds that parents of the class donated the postage which helped with the mailing. They received pictures as well as postcards back with the flat Stanley project they did. They also went a step further and created a scrapbook of the travels of flat Stanley.

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Making Connections With Flat Stanley: Framed in France, Meghan Everette

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  1. This is such a cute idea! My son is only 3 right now, but I can see this being a fun project for him to do in a few years; we could send them to friends and relatives who don't live nearby, and then collect the pictures into an album. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. What a great idea. thank you for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Your welcome Terri. It is a pleasure.

  3. Thank you Holly. I am sure your son will enjoy this when the time comes around.

  4. Terri thank you for having me at Good Morning Mondays. It is a pleasure.and a blessing.

  5. This reminds me of paper dolls from when I was little! Such a great idea for little ones!
    Thanks for linking up at the Shine Blog Hop!

  6. Thanks for sharing this on the Shine link up. What a wonderful idea. I do like that it is not just on the internet, via facebook or similar, but the children have photos to put in a scrapbook, or souvenirs. I pinned to Pinterest.

  7. Hi Betty,
    As a former teacher I love the benefits of the Flat Stanley Project. It is so important to broaden students' awareness and appreciation of other cultures, states, and countries.I am so delighted that you shared this project with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing!

  8. Deborah I really liked this project to. Children were really excited.

  9. I LOVE helping kiddos with Flat Stanley projects! We took Flat Stanley on vacation with us one year and had pictures of him from Texas to California! Thanks for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!


    1. Your welcome Holly. It is a pleasure.

  10. My children love Flat Stanley. This sounds like such a fun project! We'd love it if you'd share it at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=782