I first heard of the Flat Stanley project when my own grandchildren made their flat figures and shared them with me. I could see all kinds of possibilities in using this to help children learn so,I introduced it at Coralville Central 4 years ago by reading to the class the original book written by Jeff Brown over forty years ago. Being the curious person I am I had to research Jeff Brown and found this site to be very helpful. I want to introduce you to Jeff Brown and Flat Stanly so check it out here.http://www.flatstanley.com/jeff_brown.html
Also the Flat Stanley concept is an excellent teaching tool and has been used worldwide for many years. You can read more about it and get ideas for projects.
During the past 4 years after introducing Flat Stanley to my class, they have made their own Flat figures, naming them after themselves or a favorite person and also made Flat Journals which have accompanied their flat figures on some intresting journeys. The Journal affords the opportunity for them to write about their flat figures adventures and add pictures. These are shared with the entire class. We even had a flat figure go to the Winter Olympics in Italy this year. Once again this year it is a success with my second graders. Each time one of them has something new in their flat namesakes journals they come and share it with me. Often someone else has written it so it is a reading exercize for them. They are already learning about new places, family customs and new things to do.
My own Flat person is Flat Randy and he has been with me on numerous trips. Yes that is him in the picture of me at hamburger heaven, Meers Store and Restaurant. I will be sharing more photos of him.