While we were taking in the local attractions in our hometown, a four inch version of my daughter was galloping around the British countryside…and we have the pictures to prove it!
Many of you moms may already know about the Flat Stanley book series created by the late Jeff Brown, but if you don’t, let me fill you in on the fun!
Stanley, the hero of the books, has been flattened by an unfortunate bulletin board accident. Now suspend your disbelief and realize that this is the perfect mechanism by which this adventurous boy can now explore the world…by traveling through the mail!
If you have a 6-8 year old, this is a wonderful series of chapter books for early readers. Many teachers keyed in on this concept and ran with it. Across America and the world, school kids make their own versions of Flat Stanley…girls sometimes call it Flat Stella…and send them to friends around the globe. If you receive a Flat Friend, you take him out in your community and document his adventure with pictures. Then you send him back and VOILA! A fabulous geography and culture lesson!
So that’s how my daughter’s Flat Friend ended up in jolly old England as you can see by the picture. All three of my children’s second grade classes have done this assignment and they have had a blast seeing Flat Friends travel on almost every continent.
Have your kiddos made a Flat Stanley? Where did he or she travel? If not, check it out with your children. It can be a fun and educational family activity. There are many new Flat Stanley books out there, too and even a musical version of the story. Join the world-wide adventure and see what memories you can create for the price of a stamp!