The Flat Stanley project
Stanley is a little boy with a positive attitude; a bulletin board fell
on him and he was smashed. He wanted to visit a friend of his in
California, so he made the best of a bad situation and folded himself up
and mailed himself there.
Stanley ( Jeff Brown, Harper Trophy, 1964)
It all began in April 1998, on a
cruise ship in the Caribbean when I had dinner with Flat Stanley.
Actually, the truth is that I dined with Flat Stanley, a teacher from
Michigan and her family. From such humble (!) beginnings cam a topic that
was to grow beyond my wildest dreams.
I returned to school for the
Summer Term and read the story to my class. All of the children made their
own Flat Stanley and sent him and a letter to relatives and friends all
around the world.
Within weeks registration time was
a period of immense excitement. Not only had my Year 3 class got pen pals
in a school in Michigan, but we were also receiving replies to their
letters. Day after day, e-mails, photographs, souvenirs and guidebooks
arrived on my desk. What adventures Flat Stanley had! He visited
Australia, America. Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia and many different local
In April 2000, following the
success of my previous Flat Stanley and having moved t a different school,
I decided to repeat the topic. Flat Stanley accompanied me on my latest
Caribbean holiday and appeared on many of my holiday pictures! Whilst
taking the photographs I had to reassure the perplexed locals that
“It’s alright, I’m a teacher!” My Year 2 class were enthralled as
we read letters from Flat Stanley. This time his travels included visits
to Eccleshall, Australia, America, St. John and Holland. The visit to
Holland was extremely exciting as it coincided with Euro 2000! We have
visited the Flat Stanley website* and have seen pictures of him with Bill
Clinton. Using the Internet we have been able to read about the Flat
Stanley projects that have been developed in other schools around the
The benefits of such activities to
my class were numerous. Not only did the children gain a greater knowledge
of the UK, but also they were able to appreciate life in different
countries and gained a greater knowledge of the world. Inevitably they are
reading and writing for a real purpose, real audience for a real outcome.
My Year 2 class has really enjoyed working out how Flat Stanley might have
got to his final destination.
a primary school teacher I would thoroughly recommend the use of
literature to aid geographical learning. I was able to plan so much work
involving Geography, Literacy and ICT. The children were able to write
many stories about Flat Stanley, particularly as he was lost in suitcase
at one stage! My Year 2 class has become familiar with the idea of travel
around the world and are now able to use a map confidently to locate
countries. This topic has produced work of which the children and I are
justifiably proud. It has been an experience that none of us will ever
Sheridan, Springfields First School,
Stanley Website www.flatstanleyproject.com
am writing to tell you of some of the things Flat Stanley has been up to
on his visit with me. Flat Stanley has stayed with me on the farm in a
village called Hilderstone, 8 miles from Stone and Uttoxeter, it is an
historic village as it was mentioned in the Doomsday book. The village
used to have a shop, post office and school until recently, but with the
dwindling number of young people in the village, everything but the
church and pub have closed.
Stanley has enjoyed helping me out on the farm, feeding, watering and
cleaning out the animals. He has even taken pictures of some of the
animals. Flat Stanley has helped us on the tractor and cut some long
grass to make into bales of hay to feed the animals with.
his stay with me we have been able to go to Ireland for a holiday. We
took a ferry from Fishguard in South Wales, for a 31
hour journey across to Rosslare. While we were in Ireland we visited
Waterford where there is a factory which makes famous Waterford crystal.
Flat Stanley saw how the crystal glass is made. We also visited a castle
at Blarney where Flat Stanley took a photo from the castle down over
other parts below and also a picture of me kissing the famous Blarney
Stone. We visited many wonderful charming villages on the Ring of Kerry.
Charlie Chaplin used to stay in one village, Cahersiveen. The areas we
visited were very tranquil and picturesque and the people very friendly.
I arrived in Australia on a cold, cloudy Monday afternoon in June, after a
very very long flight from England. I was very tired and stiff, envelopes
these days are very cramped! I was surprised to find that it was the
middle of Winter here in Melbourne. The Olympic Games are happening in
Sydney in September and everyone is very excited. I went to the zoo and
swa all the animals that are native to Australia, koala bears, kangaroos,
emus and wombats. I managed to hop inside the pouch of a kangaroo and
snuggled down with Joey, a baby kangaroo. I also climbed a gum tree and
shared some leaves with two koala bears. I have enjoyed my visit to
Australia and it would be great if you could come over one day and see it
We took Flat Stanley on holiday to California and Canada. He has been on 6
aeroplanes, 2 ferry boats, 3 lake cruises, many high towers and ski lifts.
While we were in California we visited beaches, cities, deserts and the
Yosemite National Park. Canada is joined to America but it is such a vast
country we had to fly to it. When we got to the Rocky Mountains in Canada
we could not believe how different Canada is from America. California is
warm and sunny and Canada has snow covered mountains, deep blue lakes and
is sunny and has clear air. We have seen wild black bears, brown grizzly
bears, moose, elk, chipmunks and many beautiful birds and butterflies. We
have brought back many souvenirs and photographs with us. We hope you will
find them interesting.
Lots of Love from
Granny and Grandpa
Thank you for giving Flat Stanley to me. He was very tired when he got
here because he had to go in an aeroplane. We went on a school bus and we
found him a girlfriends called Flat Sally who I am sending over to you. We
went on a trail in the woods and we went to this very old house. On July
4th, which is America's Independence Day we had fireworks and I waved a
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