October 9, 2011

Flat Stanely New Braunfels

By: Lisa Johnson

As there are many ongoings in the month of October, I thought it might be fun to have a Flat Stanley NB contest. If you are not familiar with what Flat Stanley is, he is a character from a book that was flattened by a bulletin board when he slept. As a result of this event, he is able to travel in envelopes and have many adventures. The books have given way to the Flat Stanley Project which sends Flat Stanley through the mail or email to visit different people and places.

I thought I would modify this project a bit to highlight local events (e.g. Pumpkin Patches, Restaurants, Halloween Parties & Spooktaculars, Fall Fests, Mini Monets, Storytime at the Stone, etc...) or places (e.g. Gruene, Downtown NB, The Jumpy Place, Children's Museum, Red Rooster, etc...) and support literacy in our young students.
Here is the idea: create your own Flat Stanley (there are templates you can print in full color or in black and white or you can check out the original Flat Stanley template from the book) and take pics with him or her and/or your family and children at various events or places around town. Submit the pics with a brief excerpt written or dictated by your child to explain what Flat Stanley did, where he was, how he felt, etc... (If children are too young, feel free to creatively narrate this yourself.)

If you have an iPhone... check out the free Flat Stanley app to complete this project (see The Stone pic below for example).

So to reiterate:
  1. Create your own Flat Stanley with your kiddos
  2. Take Flat Stanley around town and take pics with him/her (or have him/her ride solo in the pics)
  3. Have your child write or dictate a brief description or dialogue for Flat Stanley about the place/event you visited, what he/she did there, who he/she met etc...
  4. Email me the pic and brief typed description to lisajohnson@techchef4u.com
  5. Be entered to win a $15 gift card to my favorite local coffee shop... The Stone. (The Samoan Chill is my fave!)
  6. All entries must be received by November 2nd to be eligible. 

If you want to take this project one step further, mail the description in a letter with the pic to a relative or family member that doesn't live in NB to pass on the festivities and stories or share with friends and family on Facebook!

A BIG "thank you" to The Stone for sponsoring our 
Flat Stanley NB Contest! 


  1. Super cute idea. I loved doing this with my students and had not thought about doing it with my own kids!

  2. Thanks, I am really hoping people have fun with it.

    P.S. I did a version of this at an elementary too: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=1713