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02-15-2011, 04:23 PM
Now that we're through Valentine's Day (I almost said Halloween...OMG). Would anyone like to do a Flat Stanley project. If you are not familiar with Flat Stanley here is a Wikipedia Link that gives a bit of information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Stanley

There are a number of variations though one option that may work best for us is to not only send Stanley around and chronicle his adventures via snail mail but to ask each participant to also upload a photo or quick update on this site so we can all see where Stanley is located. To make it easier I think Stanley needs to stay with each family for a week and then be shipped off to the next lucky family. We can choose from the list of people who want to participate and we'll have to make sure everyone get's a chance to have Stanley visit. We'll also have to decide the length of time Stanley goes out before he comes back to his home base. I've done this before and usually Stanley needs a make over after a few months. The last time I did it it ended up being easier to purchase a slim journal to send with him so people could make notes and add a photo or two - that way the weight stayed the same and it eliminated someone having to pay a large amount of postage. I believe each time it costs $1.75 to mail him and I don't believe it ever got to $2.00 in postage until the very end (he ate a lot of pizza in Brooklyn).

Another variation is to just mail Stanley along and post updates via the internet/this site.


02-15-2011, 04:26 PM
That sounds fun! I kind of like the idea of just mailing Stanley and posting photos and notes here in a sticky thread. Then we could see his travels in real-time! Such fun, and a great excuse for a geography lesson. :)

02-15-2011, 04:42 PM
We really liked doing Flat Stanley last year. We would be interested in having him visit!

02-15-2011, 05:41 PM
would love to participate! we have several Flat Stanley and Flat Stella's floating around out there, but would welcome one more!

02-15-2011, 07:29 PM
I've never done this kinda thing, sounds interesting though. Are internationals welcome? I think if we did posts/pics/updates online instead of through the mail it would save on shipping

02-16-2011, 03:09 PM
I think sending Stanley (or Stella) around and posting on this site makes the most sense. Stanley picks up a lot of baggage when he travels! Let me get with an administrator so we can have a secure area to post addresses. I would be happy to keep a running address thread going and mark off each family once they've received the little bundle of joy. I'll ask for at least 10 people to participate. Internationals are of course welcome! I'll make sure Stanley has a passport ready to go! Actually a passport is a great idea (smacking myself in the head). Each family can draw a passport stamp and add it to his little book. We'll keep it to a few pieces of paper marked off grid style (ooh math) and everyone can add their stamp or whatever to their grid!

02-16-2011, 03:46 PM
you can count us in!

02-16-2011, 04:01 PM
Sounds like fun, count us in!

02-16-2011, 04:38 PM
We do this: http://www.flatadventure.com/discover/Cora2003

Rather then sending the "Flat" person from place to place, we emailed (or for older people we mailed it) so they could take pictures and email them back. We have a mac and my Uncle has some sort of iPhone that allowed our computer to pinpoint exactly where the photos were taken, which was nice since we had no idea where the places overseas were.

02-16-2011, 08:18 PM
Have fun! Flat Stanley is a hoot.

Our Stanley, named Bleefeld, visited all sorts of places, including a llama farm in Kentucky and a movie set in Hawaii (where The Rock graciously posed for a photo with him). Unfortunately, he went to a family in N. Carolina and was never heard from again. So Bleefeld, if you're reading this, we miss you and want you to come home! No questions asked.

02-16-2011, 08:41 PM
If anyone's interested in seeing how Flat Secular Homeschoolers went last year, here's the link to the blog we tracked their progress...

Flat Secular Homeschoolers (http://flatsecularhomeschoolers.blogspot.com/)

02-21-2011, 11:02 AM
Topsy has put up a new thread for the Flat Stanley. You'll have to request the password to enter just like you did for Valentine's. Enter Here (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/forums/56-SHS-Flat-Stanley-Exchange)

Jen O
05-14-2011, 11:14 AM
We have just started a Flat Lily, we post her around and she (and her host) write a few blog entries (http://flat-lily.blogspot.com/) about what she has been up to. We read up on the different plances and the things "she" writes about and we have managed to learn about geography, art, poetry, music, (http://flat-lily.blogspot.com/2011/04/song-and-rhyme.html)religion, and history (http://flat-lily.blogspot.com/2011/04/szeged-sights.html) so far and the project is in it's very early stages. My daughter, while only 7, likes to look at the reader statistics too so is learning to read graphs and charts and calculate percentages. Please read, follow comment or join in with the blog, it will give her so much more statistics to analyse.

Here is Flat Lily getting ready to make some Goulyash in Hungary. The recipe (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8N6oPRBxy6Q/TZyxFeFp1HI/AAAAAAAAAFI/Ts1AhsjH_YI/s1600/Goulyas+rec.png) can be found here (http://flat-lily.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-in-life-of-lily.html).

05-15-2011, 06:16 PM
Thanks for sharing Jen! What wonderful adventures Flat Lily has been on!

Our Flat Stanley adventures didn't last long, the group we were in had several families who ended up not participating. But here's where our Flat Satori travelled (http://satorismiles.com/tag/flat/) during a few exciting months.