You’ve read the book, Flat Stanley, and your class is ready to send your own Flat Stanley around the world! (check out this blog post that outlines the Flat Stanley Project). Here are some creative Flat Stanley ideas!
State Fact Sheet
One way to give students information about Flat Stanley’s location is to write a letter or create a simple fact sheet. They can write about where they live, what the weather is like, special places to visit in their state, or fun things to do in the area.
Students love visuals! Have recipients bring Flat Stanley to popular places in their state and take photos. They can be printed out at home or at a local photo printer (CVS or Walmart).
If they wanted to take the photos a step farther, they could create a small scrapbook of Flat Stanley’s adventures. After the photos are placed on the page, they could add some additional facts about the areas Stanley visited.
Additionally, they could send some souvenirs back with Flat Stanley! They could choose a magnet or pencil that represents their state. If they live in Massachusetts, they could send a Red Sox hat. If he visits Hawaii, he could come back with a lei. Maybe he picks up some maple syrup while he is in Vermont!
A Travel Journal
Flat Stanley could return to your classroom with a travel journal that details his daily activities while he was away. This is a great way for others to share what people do for fun in the area they live.
Did he go surfing in California? Was he able to eat dinner outside while he was in Florida? Did Flat Stanley go to a hockey game in Canada? Maybe he is watching a movie because he is snowed in? These are all interesting facts to a young student, especially if they live in a very different area or climate.
Postcards are a simple way to share what makes a state special. The postcards can be returned blank (a picture is worth a thousand words!) or have extra information written on the back. Why is this location special? What are some fun facts about this area?
What are some other Flat Stanley ideas that your students have enjoyed? I would love to hear them!